News, Notices & Prayer points - 24 August 2021

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News & Notices – 24 August 2021

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 24th August edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week:

We pray:

  • For the people of Afghanistan during this difficult time in their country – we pray for long-term peace and safety for all
  • For the governments of Australia as they continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic
  • For those living in fear due to the impacts of domestic and family violence, especially heightened during these times of extreme lockdowns.



Synod Expos Update

This Thursday, 26th August, Rev Ruth Mary Bond will interview Rev Canon Dave Male online and questions will be posed by guest panellists. The theme of the expos is ‘Chasing the Wind of the Spirit.’ With many congregations struggling to find a way forward for their ministry and in their communities at this time. If God is already there in their community, how can they make the most of the opportunities being presented to them? How might God be preparing us for a future we haven’t as yet imagined?

If you would like to submit a question to the panel please email the details to Mission Resourcing at




Red Dove Cafe

Due to the cancellation of the Royal Adelaide Show there will be no Red Dove Café this year for the second year in a row. This means that fundraising in the vicinity of $90,000 over the past two years for mission within the Synod of SA, has not been possible. This vital ministry of the church has, in the past supported Uniting Church chaplains working in the areas of mental health, disability and prisons, as well as supporting UnitingCare agencies, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Uniting College for Theology and Leadership, Experience Café, migrant and refugee ministries, as well as Frontier Services.

This year, the Uniting Church Fellowship and Mission Support Committee invites congregations to hold a Red Dove Sunday on 5th and 12th September 2021 as a fundraiser for this on-going work. Congregations could have a special morning tea, retiring offering or simply make a donation. For more information please contact Janet Woodward, UC Fellowship and Mission Support (UCFAMS) 0432271757.




Advanced Christian Leadership with Craig Bailey

This 6-week course focuses on engaging with change in a pastoral context. ‘It is designed for leaders, lay or ordained, those in ministry or preparing for ministry, who are serious about seeing real and sustained change in a congregation or community of faith’ said Craig Bailey. This course will commence on 22nd September and will run every Wednesday from 5.30pm-7.30pm (for credit or audit). For further information please contact Craig Bailey on 0884168429 or email




Thriving in Ministry

The Thriving in Ministry event will be held this weekend, Saturday 28th August from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm at City View Uniting Church. This event includes topics about faith and wellness, nutrition movement, managing stress and sleep and how to thrive in ministry. For more information and to register visit:




Bloom Event for Teen Girls

Bloom is a free event for teen girls (aged 13-18 years) and the women who care for them. This event is designed to encourage and empower girls to know that they are beautiful, worthy and enough.

The Keynote speaker is Anna Doecke – a Christian counsellor and speaker with over 15 years’ experience working with adults and young people. She is a skilled presenter who will be delivering a strong, clear message on topics including identity, authenticity and relationships. Bindy Taylor is a business leader, teen mentor and Mum and she will be speaking about the importance of emotions and having a positive mindset.

Attendees will receive a small gift bag including a journal and light afternoon tea will be provided. Cheltenham Community Centre (62 Stroud Street North, Cheltenham) – 4th September from 1pm to 4pm – only 100 places available. Please register on Eventbrite. Brought to you by Good for Nothing Ministries, follow on Instagram and Facebook:




Interfaith Forum: 25th August (note change of venue)

Theme: Ramadan, Eid and Iftar: Insights from Professor Abdalla about the spiritual process within Ramadan. Date: Wednesday evening 5.45 pm for 6 pm, venue: Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide. A meal: halal, vegetarian and gluten-free to cater for a wide range of dietary requirements, cooked by our beloved Kurdish chef Gulala. Cost: $10 - $15 to the chef, and a gold coin donation in recognition of the hospitality at Pilgrim UCA. RSVP:  to Liellie ( / 0437794410). A Community Connections initiative, in recognition and gratitude of the work and support of the Interfaith Forum steering committee.




Highbury Street Fund – Applications now open – closing 31st August 2021

The Fund supports leadership development among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse worshipping communities through education and training.

SA Residents with leadership roles within UC Synod SA can apply. Terms of Reference are available here

The Funding Round closes 31st August, 2021 with applications to be sent to Mission Resourcing and information is available at the following link:

For assistance please contact Bev Freeman – or phone 8236 4243.




NCLS 2021!

The National Church Life Survey (NCLS) is a survey of churches and congregations across Australia, across denominations, which provides a snapshot of the state of the Australian church at a moment in time. With the changes in our world, nation and church, all presbyteries and the Synod believe that this survey will provide crucial information to better serve, support and renew the church for the future. The presbyteries have agreed with the Synod of South Australia to fund two parts of the census: the church census (one form per congregation) and the Leadership Survey (as many forms as you have ordained and/or lay leaders). The usual detailed forms are available to your congregation at your own cost. Go to or contact Mission Resourcing at or phone us 82364200.




Seymour College Parents and Friends Association

You are invited to a ‘Movie and Bubbles’ afternoon on Sunday, 29th August, 2021 from 2.00 pm (movie starts at 3.00 pm). ‘Respect’ (PG15) is the highly acclaimed biopic of the legendary singer Aretha Franklin. Venue: The Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park. Cost: $33 per person (includes bubbles on arrival, cocktail sandwiches and 1 raffle ticket). Bookings essential by Monday, 23rd August at the following link:




Season of Creation Event

You are invited to attend an Ecumenical event to celebrate the Season of Creation on Wednesday 1st September in Gladys Elphick Park. Hosted by Churches Together SA in collaboration with Catholic Council for Integral Ecology. The theme is Earth as God’s Home for All: Hospitality & Habitat. The Full invitation and how to register can be found here.




Season of Creation 2021 Worship Guide available now

A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God. Amid crises that have shaken our world, the global Christian family was awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other during the ecumenical Season of Creation. During the 2021 Season of Creation, from 1st September through 4th October, thousands of Christians on six continents will get together for a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, and to discover radically new ways of living with creation. The full guide and resources are available to download here. A full liturgy outline, sermon reflections and an adaptable Powerpoint slideshow for each week are available for download here.




Historical Society Needs a Secretary

Do you have the interest and skills for this interesting and important volunteer position? The Secretary is a member of the Executive and of the Council of the Uniting Church South Australia Historical Society (UCSAHS). The nominated Secretary will be available to attend daytime meetings of the group, held on the same day, on a bi-monthly basis. They will have responsibility for preparing meeting agendas and minutes and for dealing with correspondence. The Secretary will also contribute to decision-making about the Society’s program of public meetings, to the services offered to the public through the History Centre at Black Forest and to long-term planning. If you are interested in this role, or would like further information, please contact the UCSAHS President, Dr Judith Raftery on 0422 101 879 or email as soon as possible.




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