News, Notices & Prayer points - 24th October 2023

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News & Notices – 24th October 2023

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 24th October 2023 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For those separated from their loved ones by war, may they know Gods comfort
  • For all impacted in the current bushfires in Southern Queensland, may their homes be safe
  • For all the UnitingCare Emergency Relief Centres, may they maintain the strength to support those in need.




Limitless Church

Be Strong and Courageous for God (Joshua 1:9)

Wanted!!! … Worship Leaders, Musicians, and Tech Savvy youth and young adults to come on board as ‘Limitless Church’ prepares for launching in 2024, at 4.00 pm on Sundays at Salisbury Uniting Church. Also, the church would appreciate hearing from you if you are interested in starting a kids ministry program alongside the Limitless Church. This initiative is starting from the ground up, so if you feel God calling you into a new church team in Salisbury, come along and join in!

Contact Pastor Justin Gutteridge at Turn on Javascript! or on 0433 181 858 for further information.



Give Away – 40 Stacking Chairs and an office chair

Scots Church Adelaide have 40 stacking chairs and one office chair which need new homes. Do you have a project or group that may need them? Please contact the church and let them know how you could make use of them by emailing: Turn on Javascript!




2024 Calendars

The Uniting Church Calendar is now available for order!

The inspiration for the 2024 Calendar is a focus on food and hospitality which brings us together in celebration and a sense of community. If you would like to order the 2024 Calendar, please visit this link




Being an Intergenerational Church

Recently the Uniting Church released its vision for an Intergenerational Church, a Church where every generation is engaged together in active discipleship, growing and sharing faith in Jesus, a Church for all ages where faith and discipleship is encouraged, equipped, and expressed intergenerationally. More than just a set of nice words, the new Assembly document, Being an Intergenerational Church, comprises an expression of commitment, a statement of vision, an invitation to act and resources to explore. For individuals, teams, congregations, church councils, presbyteries and Synods, this resource equips all for the challenge of being the genuinely intergenerational church we are called to be.




Planting a New Future

UnitingWorld is conducting a campaign to help families in Maluku and Timor-Leste to support communities to grow their own food. UnitingWorld is currently seeking donations to support a project to end hunger in Maluku and Timor-Leste. So far $40,000 has been raised in just over a month, they are halfway to their goal. For further information and to donate click here: Food crisis in Maluku and Timor-Leste (




Care for Creation: A Wellspring and Iona Listening Pilgrimage

The Wellspring Community, Australia and the Iona Community, Scotland are enabling dialogue between First Nations and Celtic voices on the issue of Caring for Creation. The events are taking place on Country from Boorooloo (Perth) to Meanjin (Brisbane), across most states and territories from late September to the end of October. Several Uniting Churches are involved. For all details go to Enquiries to: Turn on Javascript!.




Grant Opportunity

Alexandrina Council Grants Program

The Alexandrina Council Grants Program has opened a round of grants from 1st August 2023 – 30th April 2024 and categories include: Youth Sponsorship Program; Community Events Grant; Heritage Grant; and Creative Community Grant. Information sessions and grant details are available at this link: Alexandrina Grants Program | Alexandrina Council.



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 Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.




Code of Ethics Dates 2023

The dates for both face-to-face and online refreshers of the Code of Ethics in 2023 have now been set as follows:

All ministry agents who are either in placement, awaiting placement or providing supply are expected to complete a refresher session each year.

Bookings for the first 3 courses can be accessed at this link: Events Calendar – Safe Church (

Bookings opening soon:

26 October          Online 9:30am to 12.00pm 

30 November      Rosefield UC - 1.00pm to 4.00pm.





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Clavinova for sale

Yamaha Clavinova CVP-305/30 for sale $1,200 -Has not been used for 10 years.

It was purchased by Newland UCA at Victor Harbor as an interim instrument during rebuilding of the pipe organ and has not been used since. In near new condition.

The price includes the stool and manual. Contact Wayne Colebatch on 0431 663560 or email Turn on Javascript!




Open Forum for Intercultural Leadership: Awaken Adelaide Learning Plenary

This Thursday 26th October, 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

You are invited to an open forum for intercultural learning and leadership with three presenters:

Dr Toar Hutagalung, Director of Theology & Church History at the Uniting College
Dr David Turnbull, Director, Local Leaders International
Dr Rosemary Dewerse, Academic Dean & Research Coordinator at the Uniting College

There will be three 15-minute inputs and two accompanying interactive group excises as well as a panel discussion. This is part of Mission Resourcing Pilot project titled Awaken Adelaide for cultivating an intercultural congregational leadership for missional renewal. To learn a new way of being missional church in an increasingly multicultural neighbourhoods, the first cohort joined by eight congregations embarked on its six-month process in September. 

A light dinner will be provided. RSVP to Turn on Javascript! for catering purposes. 

For further information, contact Rev Dr Paul Goh on Turn on Javascript! and 0416. 564.193




Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (Serc)

SERC is delighted to have presented to the South-West Fleurieu Congregations at the Synod 2023 the Ecumenical Award of $600 and congratulate them on the various activities they are involved in with other denominations in their region. The award is given to a congregation each year that has done most to foster ecumenical relations within their local community and SERC is grateful to the Synod for the continued funding of the Award. SERC is now calling for submissions for the 2024 award, either in writing or electronically which should be received by the secretary, Don Hopgood 19 Ray Ave, Morphett Vale 5162. Turn on Javascript!. No later than April 30th 2024. Use words and pictures (if possible) to make clear what you have undertaken and the measure of your success.




Walking Together, Stronger Together

North Adelaide Community Centre
176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide, 5006.

27 October 2023 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Invitation: You are welcome to share your heart-moments via an 'Open Mic' to reflect on those high moments and the difficult ones, and your hope for the future, to reflect: 'How will Australia walk together after the referendum?’

This event is a multi-cultural, spirit-filled, inter-generational reflection on our common humanity, our solidarity and our hope for the future.
FREE and Child-friendly!

Register via Humanitix:




Community Garden Open Day and Spring Market

Spring Market at Seacliff Uniting Church Community Garden, under the pine tree, Wheatland Street, Seacliff. Saturday, 28th October 2023, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm. Check out the flourishing community garden, with plants for sale, Christmas gifts and decorations for early-bird shoppers, Stash Buster table with fabrics, yarn, vintage patterns etc. delicious cakes, biscuits, jams and produce. Barbecue and coffee van, with eftpos available. For more information contact Maureen Howland on email at: Turn on Javascript!.



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