News, Notices & Prayer points - 22 October 2019

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News & notices – 15 October 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 15 October edition of UC e-News.

Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For the preparations for the Annual Meeting of the Synod of South Australia.
  • For all violence against women to end.


CMLA Resource Showcase

Have you ever wanted to get the kids involved in Advent and Christmas worship but are not sure how to do it? Well, the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has put out a new book of Nativity and all-ages resources for Advent and Christmas. This fabulous resource will be showcased at Morialta Uniting Church on Tuesday 29 October at 7:30pm.

Free entry. Books will be on sale at the event.


Walking with History- A Journey of Remembrance

The Effective Living Centre has offered an invitation to join them as they explore the ANZAC Memorial Walk on Kintore Ave in the city, followed by the Vietnam War Memorial and the Aboriginal War Memorial along Victoria Drive. Ian Smith, Chair of the ANZAC Day RSL Committee, will be the guide.

Please join the ELC on Sunday 10 November, 1:30pm - 3:00pm. The event is free but please register your intention to attend by 8 November at More information is available on Facebook.

Willunga Christmas Tree Festival – Your Christmas Story

The Willunga Christmas Tree Festival returns 30 November to 1 December for its 18th year and it continues to grow. Also open by appointment  2 – 5 December for bus groups and school visits.

This year Willunga UC will be celebrating Christmas stories. Come and enjoy an inspirational display of Christmas trees. Indulge in a Devonshire Tea and browse through the Christmas crafts and stalls. Also featuring kids passport trail, popular vote and musical guests the Morris Singers, Willunga Ukuleles and Puppet plays. 

More information is available on Facebook or contact Jenny Esots on 0447 839 400. 


Anti-Poverty Network SA: One Big Raise, Dignity For All

Each year the Anti-Poverty Network SA holds the largest Anti-Poverty Week event in the country. This year their conference will be held in November instead of October. It is a conference organised by and for low-income people. The theme One Big Raise: Dignity for All will run through the conference and aims to build solidarity between all the fantastic welfare grassroots groups and the union movement.

Friday 29 November (10am start) and Saturday 30 November (12pm start) at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Corner Portrush Road and The Parade, Beulah Park.

Read more here.


Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures

Do you know someone who shows outstanding qualities, including community leadership and effective communication skills? Who has a commitment to advocacy for a multicultural Australia? This Award is provided by the Minister for Education through the Multicultural Education and Languages Committee (MELC) and administered by the Australia Day Council of South Australia. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit nominations of young people who demonstrate excellence and leadership in languages and cultures.

Nominations close Friday 1 November

Read more here.


Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.


Two informal meetings for the Transitional Presbytery SA

The Transitional Presbytery of South Australia Standing Committee is keen that there are gatherings of congregations before the November 2019 Synod meeting for the following purposes:

  • To gain a better understanding of the tasks required to form a Presbytery;
  • To meet your Presbytery colleagues and commence building community;
  • To identify the values, directions and the likely resources available to your Presbytery;
  • To identify a pool of people who can provide strong leadership in all facets of your Presbytery life;
  • To look forward and start to shape and create your emerging Presbytery.

Two gatherings have been arranged for congregations falling in two separate geographical areas (as per the proposal for the Synod meeting):

  • For congregations north of the suggested boundary: Saturday 26 October 10:30am – 3:00pm @ Two Wells Uniting Church
  • For congregations south of the suggested boundary: Saturday 2 November 10:30am – 3:00pm @ Murray Bridge Uniting Church

Find more information here.


The eighty-year history of the Adelaide Theological Circle

The Uniting Church Historical Society will hold a public meeting in the Board Room of the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park, on Sunday 27 October from 2:30 to 4.30pm.

Church Historian Dr David Hilliard will present a paper on the eighty-year history of the Adelaide Theological Circle which included people from the Anglican, Congregationalist, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian denominations. Afternoon tea will follow.

We promise you a stimulating afternoon. All invited. For more information please contact Don Hopgood on


Church Planting Officer

Rev Dr Graham Humphris is not currently working as the Church Planting Officer. If you have enquiries regarding Church Planting or are a Church Planter wanting to talk to someone, please contact Rev Philip Gardner as chair of the Church Planting Task Group or, for the rest of this year, your Region Minister.

Philip’s contact details are as follows: Phone 08 8236 4268; email or speak with Gill Morel, Philip’s PA, on 08 8236 4202 or


Opportunity: Intergenerational Gospel Worker

Sunset Rock Uniting Church is currently looking for an Intergenerational Gospel Worker to build on the advances made in 2019 and to bring their own initiatives in outreach, discipling and worship, especially among young and young adults, as well as children. The worker would be a pastoral colleague in a 0.3 FTE position, working closely with the minister, Rev Greg Pearce. This position could lead to further ministry opportunities.

For more information please contact Rev Greg Pearce on 0428 450 100 by 31 October.


APAN Study Tour to Palestine, 26 January - 2 February 2020

APAN’s unique study tours provide interactions with Palestinian and Israeli communities and experts such as Australian Ambassadors, United Nations officials, human rights organisations, visits to Australian-funded aid projects and more. Cost is $AU 7,000 per person which covers airfares, accommodation, transport, meals and briefing. Optional day trips available, such as to the Petra archaeological site in southern Jordan. Registrations close 1 December 2019. Contact Lisa Arnold,



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