News, Notices & Prayer points - 24 July 2019

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News & notices – 24 July 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 24 July edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia
  • For the Transitional Presbytery consultative sessions which begin today.


Commissioning of Olly Ponsonby

Oliver (Olly) Ponsonby (MOP), Candidate for Deacon within the UCA, has been appointed as a UCA Correctional Services Chaplain, as from 1 August 2019. Olly’s Commissioning Service will be held at Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide, on Sunday, 4 August, at 6:15pm. All are welcome to attend.


Morialta Uniting Church Quiz Night

As a fundraiser to support the Church and Community Centre Projects, Morialta Uniting Church is hosting a quiz night on Saturday, 24 August, at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. BYO nibbles and drinks. Tea & coffee provided. Make up a table (max 8 people) or let us arrange one for you!

Tickets $10 per person from the church office on 8331 9344, or online here.


Young people for Social Justice Event

An ecumenical event for ages 18-30 years, who are interested in understanding more about climate change, refugees and asylum seekers, youth poverty and homelessness, and how to assist through being a healing community to make a difference. Friday, 26 July, 10:00am-4:00pm at St Mary's Hall, Glenelg. Find out more on Facebook here.


Regenerating Places of Faith Conference 2019

The third annual Regenerating Places of Faith Conference in Adelaide will continue the ongoing exploration of how church congregations and their neighbourhood communities can be strengthened by adapting church buildings as innovative places to participate in worship and other activities.

Friday, 16 August at Burnside City uniting Church. More information and registration facilities are on the website here and through the Regenerating Places of Faith Facebook page. Registration $55 includes lunch and more.


Grants SA is now open for 2019/20

Grants SA provides one-off funding for projects that respond to local community needs, and contribute to strong and inclusive communities. In 2019-20, approximately $3 million in funding will be available through the Grants SA program for projects supporting people and/or communities experiencing disadvantage, and volunteers.

More information, including updated funding guidelines and grant opening dates, is available at If you would like to apply, please advise Malcolm Wilson, Grants and Historical Records officer, of your intentions. Malcolm can be contacted on 8236 4206 or">


Other funding sources for community projects:

Australia Post

Australia Post is offering grants for projects that provide positive benefits for the community by helping to expand social and community networks and prevent barriers to participation in community life. Incorporated not-for-profit Australian organisations that provide community benefit are encouraged to apply. Apply for a grant of up to $10,000, grant round closes midnight 4 August 2019 (AEST). Find out more


Sunsuper's Dream of a Better World is offering not-for profit organisations or community groups to deliver programs or initiatives that help create more active and health Australian communities. Apply for a grant of up to $50,000, grant round closes 13 September 2019. Find out more

Creativity Australia

Creativity Australia is offering grants to people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice Choir. Apply for a grant of up $10,000, grant round closes 5pm 30 August 2019. Find out more.

City of Adelaide

Round one of the City of Adelaide’s Community Development Grants opens on Monday, 5 August. Minor grants of up to $10,000 can be applied for in this round, with a similar round scheduled to open on 11 November. There are also quick response grants of up to $2,000 available all year round. Find out more here.

City of Tea Tree Gully

This council's community grants program consists of one-off financial grants for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Grants are provided for all activities, programs, events and initiatives that provide clear benefits for our community. The next round of community grants will open on Thursday 1 August 2019. View more information here.

City of Holdfast Bay

The current round of 2019-2020 Community Donations Program can now be applied for through SmartyGrants, an online tool. Grants under Arts and Culture, Community Recreation and Wellbeing, and Events and Festivals closes on Wednesday, 31 July. Find out more here.

City of Marion

Round one of the City of Marion Community Grants Program are currently open for application. It will close on Tuesday, 6 August. Grants of up to $5,000 and one per round of up to $10,000 are available with a total pool of $100,000 of funding per financial year. More information here.

Alexandrina Council

Applications for grants up to $3,000 per application are now open and closes on Friday, 9 August. More information is available here.

Barunga West Council

The 2019/20 round of Community Grants have opened on 1 July and will close on Friday, 16 August. A maximum of $5,000 per project is available. More information available here.

Campbelltown City Council

The grant application window for round one of the City of Campbeltown’s Community Grants opened on 1 July and closes on 4 September. Find guidelines and categories on their website here.

Copper Coast Council

The 2019 Community Grants are now open until 16 August for organisations that fall under the Copper Coast Council. Find more information here.

District Council of Elliston

The District Council of Elliston is now seeking applications from community organisations, groups and individuals for projects to be funded under the First Round of its Community Grants Program. Applications must be submitted before 5:00pm Friday 30 August 2019. Find out more here.


Don’t see your City or Council listed here? Visit their website and search for ‘grants’ to look for information on when their community funding rounds will open, what the criteria is and how much you can apply for.



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


Pastoral letter

Moderator Rev Sue Ellis sent out a post P&S meeting Pastoral letter on Tuesday 16 July. If you missed it, read it here.


UnitingCare Australia echoes calls for immediate action on income support

UnitingCare Australia this week called for an immediate increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance payment levels to ensure their adequacy in meeting basic living costs. The organisation is also renewing its call for the establishment of an independent mechanism to assess the adequacy of all income support payments and adjust rates to acceptable levels. Read more here.


Call for input: SA Housing and Homelessness Strategy

The South Australian Government is seeking inputs into the development of a new Housing and Homelessness Strategy which will provide an opportunity to redefine and reform the housing system in South Australia over the next 10 years. It is important that the new Housing and Homelessness Strategy is shaped with input from as many South Australians as possible, including broad public engagement.

If you would like to give input into this matter you can do so by completing an online survey here.


HESTA Community Sector Awards

Do you know someone who is making outstanding contributions in the health sector? The HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of nursing and midwifery, early childhood education and care, community services and aged care.

Nominations are now open and close on 1 September 2019. Nominate now here.


Keeping Kids Central (Free Online Training)

Do you come into contact with children and young people affected by domestic violence? Keeping Kids Central, a free online training program developed by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, can enhance your skills in adopting a child-centred approach. The program is built on values that respect the safety, wellbeing and rights of children and young people and that support the responsibility of organisations to build child-safe environments.

Saturday, 6 July – Wednesday, 31 July.

Available online and at your own pace. See more information here.





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