News, Notices & Prayer points - 22 September 2020

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News & Notices – 22 September 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 22 September edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week

  • God's creatures who are dying in unprecedented numbers amid growing pressures on our environment
  • God sustain everyone, especially those who are struggling in the current economic climate, and give them hope for better days ahead.

Through Their Eyes - Safe Environments: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Full day training Monday 28th September at Walkerville Uniting Church, 17 Smith Street.
Commences at 9:30am, BYO lunch.

Online bookings and payment must be made before the day via:

For more information, contact Mark Schultz on


Anti-Poverty Sunday 11 October 2020

Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it.

The Moderator Bronte Wilson invites Uniting Churches in SA to join UnitingCare Wesley Bowden in the fight against disadvantage by having an Anti-Poverty Sunday.

Since 2002, Anti-Poverty Week is the week including 17 October, the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In 2020, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 11th to the 17th of October.

Visit for resources or check our website for Uniting Church-specific resources, including online worship:


Day of Action and Online Prayer Vigil

Uniting Church members are encouraged to join the Day of Action on 25 September under the School Strike for Climate banner and in partnership with First Nation leaders. They are calling for post-COVID-19 stimulus spending to be about investing in low carbon, employment-intensive jobs and not about propping up a failing gas industry. The theme is ‘Fund our future, not gas.’

All Christians across Australia are invited to join the Common Grace-hosted online prayer vigil for creation and climate justice, which will take place on Thursday 24 September.


Online Prayer Vigil for Aboriginal Deaths in Custody via Facebook Live

This Saturday, 26th September, on the fourth anniversary of the Aboriginal Death in Custody of Wayne Fella Morrison we are calling you to pray online and in your home for national action on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Led by Aboriginal Christian Leaders, Aunty Ravina Waldren, Brooke Prentis and Bianca Manning, and supported by Wayne Fella Morrison's family, this is a time to learn the names and stories of three Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and to pray.

There have been over 540 Aboriginal Deaths in Custody since 1980 - over 440 of these since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody released their report in 1991, with 339 recommendations and only a handful of these recommendations being implemented. To learn more, go to here.

The prayer vigil will take place on Saturday 26th September 5:00pm - 5:30 pm Adelaide time and will be live-streamed on Facebook.


‘Gift of music’ Song book and CD

The ‘Gift of music’ project presents a collection of twenty-five original ‘God-inspired’ songs by Nelson Varcoe. Nelson has dedicated this collection to people who mentored him in his faith: Aboriginal Christian Pioneers who travelled all across this country on the smell of an oily rag, to bring the Gospel to our People. The country-gospel style ensures singable melodies, easy-move rhythms and memorable lyrics that take us into prayer, praise, reflection and proclamation about the wonder of God in our lives.

‘Gift of Music’ (Song book and CD) is now available for people of every culture to learn, enjoy and share. It is available from Mission Resourcing at UCA SA for $29.95 (plus $10 for post and packaging). Contact: Ph: 08 8236 4200.

A sample of Nelson’s music can be listened to here:


President’s conference 2020: 3rd-4th October

On Saturday 3rd October, the UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer will host a webinar of three panel discussions that will showcase some of the content of the conference with the themes - Called by God, Every Member Ministry and Faith in Public Life.

It is free to register for the webinar and the program can be downloaded here.

On Sunday 4th October, we will offer worship in two ways:

1.Live streamed through the Assembly Online Worship forum

2.As a written liturgical resource and a short pre-recorded sermon that you may use with your own community.

The webinars will be recorded and they will be made available for you to use in any of the many forums you have for Christian education in your community. The flyer can be downloaded here and the online registration form can be found here.


Church and COVID-19: A Q&A on Contextual Leadership
Join this webinar which will explore the leadership we need as the church is re-shaped by the pandemic. The webinar is co-hosted by UCA Assembly Resourcing Unit and Being Multicultural Church Circle. This Thursday, 24th September 2020, 7-8.30pm. Two SA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Leaders, Rev Amel Manyon and Rev Dr Paul Goh will be participating as panellists. Register here.


New dates for NYALC Online

Young adults are invited to join the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) President Dr Deidre Palmer and Rev Charissa Suli in an online conversation to share your reflections, hopes, concerns and stay connected to one another.

New dates are added, so join the National Youth and Young Adults Conference (NYALC) Online by choosing one of the following dates:

  • Monday 19th October, 7.30 – 9.00pm AEST
  • Thursday 29th November, 7.30 - 9.00pm AEST
  • Sunday 15th November, 5.00 – 6.30pm AEST
  • Wednesday 25th November, 7.30 – 9.00pm AEST
  • Friday 11th December, 7.30 – 9.00pm AEST

Register by emailing The new flyer can be downloaded here.


Survey for Intergenerational Ministry Doctoral Study

Tammy Tolman, founding Pastor of an Intergenerational Creative Arts community and children and families ministry specialist, is undertaking Doctoral study in the area of Intergenerational Ministry. Tammy is keen to hear from all forms of churches, including those on the intergenerational journey and those with a multi-generational approach. This will provide the opportunity for real data about the differences and strengths across the various approaches to being the church. Answers are anonymous. Tammy will share the results with you if you are interested and there is an option to participate further.

This is your invitation to complete the 25-minute survey for this research. Please click here to participate.


Children and Families Pastor (0.5FTE) – Malvern Uniting Church

Malvern Uniting Church is seeking to employ a Children & Families Pastor (0.5FTE) to lead and develop the children's ministry into a new season. The role is child-focused, but includes equipping of families as a context for discipleship and formation. It has several established programs: Kid's Church, Kid's Club and Playgroup. Malvern UC has recently entered a period of strategic renewal. This is an opportunity to join a team helping enable a growing community in a new revitalised season of its life, mission and ministry.

The Position Description can be downloaded here:

For enquiries and/or to submit an application, contact: Tim Hein on 0403 080 080 or

Applications Close: Monday 12th October 2020


Community Development Coordinator (0.55FTE) – L’Arche Adelaide

L’Arche is an international federation of faith-based communities with the aim of establishing and supporting communities, where people with and without an intellectual disability live relationships of mutuality and trust in households.

L’Arche Adelaide seeks to employ a Community Development Coordinator (CDC), part-time (0.55 FTE) for 12 months (fully-waged).

The primary role will involve driving our community towards the opening of our first faith-based community home in 2021 where people with and without intellectual disability will live together.
For more information, contact Rochelle at
Detailed application information can be found here:
Applications close: 18th October 2020


Volunteer for Hope's café

The op-shop at Hope's café (Corner The Parade and Portrush Road, Beulah Park) is looking for more volunteers to help sort through material for the shop. Hope’s Café is a joint project between Uniting Communities and the Clayton Wesley Uniting Church. It is run by The Spire Community and is a place for people to come together to help each other to make a better community. Available volunteers can choose the times that suit them.

Please contact Audrey at, or call 0402 351 993 if you are able to volunteer for a great cause.


Community Connections Community lunch, now known as RAW-Hope

Fortnightly lunch gathering assisted by Flinders University Social Work students. Conversations with diverse groups of locals, new arrivals and ex-refugees. All welcome.

Bring a friend, a smile and a story.

Registrations essential. Contact Liellie @ 0437 794 410. COVID-19 protocols. Gold coin donation.

Tuesday 29 September 12 - 2pm Hope's Café (Cnr Portrush Rd and The Parade, Beulah Park).


My Life Story Workshops

Have you ever wanted to put together your life story? Over three workshops produce a professionally bound book with your own photos and celebrate a life well-lived.

Monday 12th, 19th & 26th October, 9.30am - 12.30pm

$25 per person for three workshops

Walkerville Uniting Church (17 Smith Street, Walkerville)

Register online:


phone: 8342 5875 or 0413 476 557

Limited 15 spots available.


If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’

Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 15 September 2020, which includes updates about:

  • Surveys closing soon
  • Season of Creation Prayer
  • For Sale: New Interpreters Bible (NIB)
  • New Lay Leaders’ Resource

Check out last week’s UC eNews to keep you updated.

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