News, Notices & Prayer points - 21 July 2020

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News & Notices – 21 July 2020

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


Prayer Points for the week

  • Those newly diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus and their loved ones, and the health and community service workers caring for them.
  • All those across our Uniting Church membership and our community service agencies who are responding compassionately and in practical ways to the pandemic.

Now available Moderator's Worship Resource: New Connections

As many congregations look to gather together again for Sunday worship, Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) and the Moderator's Worship Team have put together some resources for a worship celebration.

This consists of a collection of prayers and a message from the Moderator, acknowledging how difficult these past few months have been for many; our on-going uncertainty and vulnerability; our need for rest and restoration; and expressing our hopes for the future of our church. This collection will be available as printed resources to be used within a gathered worship service, a pre-recorded video message from the Moderator, plus a printed ‘Worship at Home’ resource for those unable to or not yet gathering together.

The Worship Resource is now available on the UCA SA Synod website here: You might choose to use it during worship on Sunday 26 July or one Sunday during August.

For further information or to obtain hard copies of the resource, please contact the Moderator's office by email


Highbury Street Fund - Applications for Grant Funding open now!

The Highbury Street Fund supports leadership development among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) worshipping communities through education and training.

Applications are called from CALD worshipping communities within the Uniting Church in SA for funding for leadership development grants.

Residents of SA of any age or diverse ethnic background with leadership roles within the Uniting Church are encouraged to apply. Application information available here:

Applications to reach Mission Resourcing by 31st August, 2020. Applications are available at

Further information is available from Bev Freeman – or phone 8236 4243


Lay Preachers’ Sunday 2020

A reminder that Sunday 2 August is recognised in South Australia as Lay Preacher's Sunday. This is the Sunday when we recognise and celebrate the work of Lay Preachers in the Uniting Church in Australia. A special liturgy and set of notes are available here:

You might choose to celebrate it on Sunday 2 August or any suitable date for the celebration.


Engage Together - intergenerational worship resource ideas for Aug-Sept

Want to know how to shape intergenerational worship? Then this is the resource for you!

Edited and updated from 2017, to assist and inspire churches to adapt elements of a worship liturgy (such as call to worship, prayers, music and Bible readings) to be more intergenerational during the season after Pentecost (Aug - Sept 2020). Whilst based on Lectionary readings, the ideas can be adapted to suit any Bible/theme focus.

Written and produced in partnership across three Uniting Church Synods, including SA’s Intergenerational Team. Find out more here:


Placement vacant – Chaplain, Lyell McEwin

Placement vacant - Chaplain, Lyell McEwin (NALHN) with a Mental Health focus (0.5FTE) The Position Description can be found here. Enquiries to Rev Philip Gardner 0409 077 076. Applications along with Resume/CV should be sent to by 5.00pm Friday 28 August 2020.


COVID learnings from our leaders

Uniting Church Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer and the Moderators of the six Synods have been reflecting on the challenges to the Church over the last few months and their hopes for the future. The reflections can be seen here: COVID learnings from our leaders


Nominations are due for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

There's still time to nominate for 2021 - which close Friday 31 July 2020. The Australia Day Council of South Australia needs the community’s help to ensure our nation’s best continue to receive the recognition they deserve. They are looking for people who are great at what they do, contribute to Australian society and inspire those around them. They could be quiet achievers, community members, leaders in their field of work, household names or unknown heroes.

The Awards rely on members of the public to nominate and we are all encouraged, through our networks, to identify and put some of our best and brightest forward for the 2021 Awards.

Nominee(s) could be recognised in one of four categories:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)
  • Australia’s Local Hero.
  • Nominate by Friday 31 July 2020. For more information, email the Australia Day Council of South Australia team at">

    If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’ The items below will keep you updated.

    2020 One Great Sunday of Sharing Worship Service Video is available to view here

    It is 35 years since the Uniting Church Assembly acknowledged that we are a multicultural church. All Uniting Church congregations are invited to celebrate our cultural and linguistic diversity in worship services on the ‘One Great Sunday of Sharing,’ 19 July 2020. In collaboration with Rev Sandy Boyce, Pilgrim Uniting Church Adelaide, and the SA Synod Multicultural Ministry Centre of Mission Resourcing, a pre-recorded video has been produced for a One Great Sunday of Sharing worship service. It is available to view and download on the YouTube channel here.

    This video features members, ministers and congregations from a diverse range of cultures in the South Australian Uniting Churches. UCA Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has contributed a video message for One Great Sunday of Sharing service and our SA Synod Moderator has offered a prayer of thanksgiving. It also includes an intercultural Communion with two Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) ministers and a Zoom conversation with four of our CALD leaders on what it means to be children of God together sharing faith. They also reflect on sufferings and hope in the midst of immigration, racism and the COVID-19 pandemic. This video could be used as part of a local service or watched in its entirety in place of the local service. The print-ready Worship Resource is available here in both PDF and Word formats: Worship Resource - One Great Sunday of Sharing

    Congregational Website Program

    How are you communicating your worship services to your church congregation? Email? YouTube? Why not consider having a simple website so the public will know what's going on in your church community?

    The Congregational Website Program of the SA Synod offers a One Page Website option for churches. There will be no need to manage the website because our team will do it for you and it comes at a very affordable price!

    One Page Websites can be used to promote playgroups, Sunday Schools, youth, young adults and parent groups. Your website can also include a map location and directions to the church or links to your online sermons and podcasts.

    The Congregational Website Program will provide your church with a custom UCSA domain.

    For more information, head to our website and check out some of our current One Page Websites here:

    Caring for our Planet - Superb Artworks from the 11th Solar Art Prize

    The '11th Solar Art prize‘ was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pilgrim Uniting Church’s SALA exhibition showcases 23 of the 104 entries. Themes of climate change are expressed in thought-provoking images with artist’s comments.

    2020 entries will be re-entered for selection in the next Solar Art Prize exhibition.

    When: Tuesday 21 July to Sunday 16 August 2020

    Pilgrim Uniting Church’s opening hours: 12-2pm weekdays and during Sunday Services (8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am).

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