News, Notices & Prayer points - 21 January 2020

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News & notices – 21 January 2020


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 21 January 2020 edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For protection for all those fighting the bushfires and for the many people who have suffered loss.
  • For the Disaster & Recovery Ministries chaplains providing emotional and spiritual support to those affected by the fires, as well as everyone providing practical support.


Scholarships for women

The Winifred Kiek Scholarship Trust of Australian Church Women announces that applications are now open for women who are resident in Australia and wish to undergo theological studies, leadership training or attend a conference/seminar in the year 2021.

Applications close on Sunday 31 May. For details of the scholarship and application forms go to and scroll down to the Winifred Kiek Scholarship site. For more information please contact Velvy Holden on 0415 728 457 or


KCO registrations now open

KCO Connect is happening on 21-22 March 2020 and the KCO registration system is now open. However, campers and leaders are not able to register until the KCO team has had a response from their Church Council. A Church Council letter about attending KCO 2020 was emailed in December to Church Council Chairs and Secretaries. Please talk to your Church Council to ensure the response survey is completed or that they have contacted the">KCO Office in order to have your Church on the registration form.

The following information booklets are now available to view or download on the website and on the Yapp App:

KCO posters and postcards are available for collection from either the Synod Office (Level 2, 212 Pirie St, Adelaide) or Uniting College (312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park).

PowerPoint slides and images for use in worship services and newsletters are available on the KCO website.  


City of Adelaide Community Development Grant Program

The City of Adelaide Community Development Grants Program offers a range of opportunities across the year for eligible organisations and community members to enable connection, participation and a sense of community.

  • MAJOR GRANTS: Up to $50,000 per year, 1 to 3 year funding agreements available - opens 28 January, closes 17 February.
  • MINOR GRANTS: Up to $10,000, 4 grant rounds per year – current round closes 10 February.
  • QUICK RESPONSE GRANTS: Up to $2,000, open all year round.

For more information, including the grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and timings, visit the web page or contact the grants team at


Factsheet: Better Freedoms or Bigger Burden?

On 10 December 2019 the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General released the second exposure drafts of the three draft bills which together form a legislative package on religious freedom.

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and a many other peak bodies and industry groups have raised a number of concerns about the exposure draft and its likely impacts on our workplaces and on broader community relations.

They have compiled a fact sheet that provides detail on the Bill’s restrictions on businesses and community sector organisations, recommended alternatives to the Bill and courses of action for organisations. Find the fact sheet here.


Reconciliation SA: 2020 Apology Breakfast

Reconciliation SA is holding the 2020 Apology Breakfast on Thursday 13 February to honour the survivors of the Stolen Generations and to inform the wider community about historical and current matters relating to the Stolen Generations.

As with previous years, Reconciliation SA will seat as many Survivors of the Stolen Generations as possible for free. If individuals or organisations would like to sponsor a seat for a Stolen Generation Survivor, please purchase a seat in the Reconciliation SA ticketing section. Find more information here.



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


Bushfires: How can you help?

Along with your prayers, please continue to support those providing care to people affected by the fires in practical ways, by donating to the UCSA Relief Fund (details here) and other appeals in the affected areas. Right now, the best donation you can make is money. Local agencies are finding it difficult to handle donations of goods already made.

Recovery from such disasters goes on for months and years; in many ways it is never complete. There will be many opportunities to support people across our state in pastoral, practical and financial ways during this time.


Free city accommodation for those displaced by the bushfires

U City, a Uniting Communities facility in Adelaide’s CBD, is providing accessible, serviced apartments at no charge for people requiring temporary accommodation during the bushfire crisis. These apartments are especially well-suited to people living with disability and are fitted with a variety of accessible features which  can cater to low, medium and high physical support needs.

If you or someone you know has been temporarily displaced by the bushfires, please contact your local disaster recovery centre via for more information and for a referral.


Inter-Faith Forum at Morialta UCA

The Morialta Social Justice Mission Ministry Team, together with Modbury UC’s Sunday Forum Team, will co-host an Interfaith Gathering on Sunday 9 February at 7:30 pm, followed by supper.

The guest speaker for this event will be Professor Mohammad Abdalla from UniSA's Centre for Islamic Thought and Education. Professor Abdalla will share his insights about Islam along with his ideas about how we can foster links across our faith communities to build greater understanding and social cohesion.

Morialta Uniting Church is located at 26 Chapel St, Magill SA. For more information please contact Rev Liellie McLaughlin by email:


Electronic organ give-away

Do you know of an organisation and/or individual who may find an electronic organ useful? Andrea Robinson is keen to give away a 1981 Kawai Electronic organ. The organ has been well looked after and is in good condition. It comes with a separate organ stool which opens to store music books.

The organ measures approximately 1.1m x 1.2m x 0.4m and will require two people to move it. It has a cover that manually slides to open and closes to cover the keyboards. The pedals can be removed when relocating the organ.

Andrea has been in contact with Adelaide Organ Society and they noted that the organ would not be good for teaching students but suitable for use in places like a community centre, aged care facility or retirement village.

If you are interested please contact Andrea Robinson on 7122 4448 or by email:



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