News, Notices & Prayer points - 24 May 2022

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News & Notices – 24 May 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 24th May 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For our elected government leaders that they will make it possible for all peoples to live in justice with peace and harmony.
  • For safety, community, support and healing for those living in situations of violence and abuse.
  • For all the beauty that surrounds us - may we learn to respect all as a sacred gift and do what we can to work towards real action on climate change.




Synod 2022

The Synod ’22 page of the main Uniting Church website has been updated with further reports which are now available for viewing. We encourage you to continue to check the website as new information and reports are being uploaded as they are received and available. This is the link:

There are vacancies occurring on some Synod committees, councils or boards. Some of these are filled by appointment and some are filled by a nomination/election process. With due attention to Synod by-laws, members of Synod are invited to submit nominations for vacant positions. This year, nominations will close at the end of the online day of our meeting, Saturday 18th June at 4:30pm.

However, it is preferred that nominations are received prior to the meeting of the Synod. That way, the Business Committee can collate the nominations, ensure that we have received an adequate number of nominations from across the diversity of the church, and then send information to members of Synod about the nominees. To assist the nomination process, please submit nominations by Friday 3rd June 2022. All information about the nomination process is currently available on the Synod website.

Please pray for our leaders and members of Synod as we prepare to gather to share in celebrating and discerning our future.




A Mental Health Crisis

Back to back disasters have slammed our farmers and bush communities, setting off a mental health crisis.

The floodgates have opened. As unrelenting disasters have bombarded people in the bush, their daily grind has continued. Add to that the isolation of remote living, personal setbacks, and the struggles of living and working on the land. And mental health issues have compounded. Making things worse is the fact that access to mental health services is minimal. Further information is available at this link:




Worship Resources for Pentecost Sunday and World Environment Day 

As we approach Pentecost Sunday on the 5th of June 2022, which coincides with World Environment Day, Assembly Being a Multicultural Church Circle is preparing a short video with a bible reading, Psalm 104: 30 (“When you send forth your spirit they are created and you renew the face of the ground”), and a short prayer (Come Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth and all creation) in diverse languages for worship services at local congregations and faith communities. The video will be available to download next week on the National News and Assembly website here

WA Synod offers a worship resource for Pentecost Sunday including a sermon reflection and prayers. You can download at this link: 




The Blackwood Reconciliation Walk

Please join the 2022 Blackwood Reconciliation Walk on Sunday, May 29th at 11.30 am. Meet at the Blackwood roundabout and walk together down Shepherds Hill Road to the Colebrook Reconciliation Park to a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. All are invited to bring their own picnic lunch and take time to hear the Voices of former residents of the Colebrook Training Home for Aboriginal Children which are present in so many forms at this site. We will also speak to the theme for National Reconciliation Week, 2022, ‘Be brave. Make change.’ Further information is available at this link:




Ukraine Humanitarian Assistance

We are all concerned about the unfolding human tragedy in Ukraine. Rosefield Uniting Chuch has direct contact with Community Solidarity Support Ukraine (CSSU). We are raising funds to help out in real and tangible ways. CSSU purchase supplies and distributes them to communities in Ukraine. For more information please download this flyer:

Alternatively you can email for further information.




Climate Report: ‘They Shall Inherit the Earth’

A new Climate Report entitled They Shall Inherit the Earth for a new conversation about climate change in Christian communities is available now.

An essential report for all those involved in Church leadership, this study and its findings show:

  • How Christians aged 18-40 years are engaging with climate change
  • What they think about the role of the Church in taking action
  • The attitudes and practices of church leaders towards this issue
  • How we can take steps to heal division and, together, bring a voice of hope.


For details and a social media toolkit please refer to this link:




COVID-19 Update

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information in regards to COVID-19 guidelines can be found here:

If you would like further assistance, please contact your presbytery or:

              Sue Page or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.




Safe Church News

Screenings: Reminders are being sent to those who have upcoming renewals due that were initially processed via the Synod Screening Unit. If you have renewed your Working With Children Check (WWCC) through another source, please remember to inform not only your local congregation but also the Synod Screening Unit. This helps us to keep our records current and can be done via the Step 1 form from the Screening webpage:

Power and Healthy Communities: Code of Ethics refresher sessions 2021-22. For upcoming dates please see the Events Calendar located at: Don’t delay in booking into either the online or face-to-face sessions.

Murray Bridge Uniting Church is hosting the following training session over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of June.

  • Saturday, 4th June, 9:30am-4.00pm ‘Through their eyes: safe environments for children and young people.’ For all church leaders and volunteers to understand their legal obligations for reporting concerns of children and young people.

  • Sunday, 5th June, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm ‘Called to Care’ is an awareness session for key leaders and members of church councils to explore and consider best practice for creating a safe place.

Registration of attendance is required in advance for both sessions. Bookings close 31st May, 2022. Register at this link:

Naracoorte Uniting Church is hosting the following training sessions on Saturday 25th June:

  • 9:00am-12.00noon ‘Through Their Eyes: safe environments for children and young people.’ Refresher for all church leaders and volunteers to understand their legal obligations for reporting concerns of children and young people who have participated in this training before.

  • 00-4.00pm ‘Called to Care’ is an awareness session for key leaders and members of church councils to explore and consider best practice for creating a safe place.

Registration of attendance is required in advance for both sessions. Bookings close 21st June, 2022.
To book:




Yamaha E75 electronic organ for sale

A top of the range Yamaha E75 electronic organ is full sale. It includes two full keyboards, foot-pedals and multiple stops and is in perfect condition with a beautiful tone. Work manuals and two cartons of music books included (deceased estate). $1000 or nearest offer. Contact Janet on 0422 217 486. CDs and vinyl records of organ music also available give away/donation.




Spirit Space: Meditation through Movement

Rev Frances Bartlett will lead four fortnightly sessions, encouraging you to open your body, mind and soul to the Spirit through gentle prayerful movement.
Discover ways to energise, release tension and bring healing. More information is available at this link: 





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