News, Notices & Prayer points - 25th October 2022

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News & Notices – 25 October 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 25th October 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For all who volunteer their time and talents to the support of others
  • For the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology as it embarks on a period of renewal
  • For our world as we know it right now, with all of its challenges and conflicts.




Justice Campaign - Two Postcard actions available now

In collaboration with other Synods, we are encouraged to take part in two Justice Campaigns through postcard action on the Divestment from Fossil Fuel and the Increased Humanitarian Protection Program. To request postcards, please contact Paul Goh, Justice Officer, by emailing Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 826 4244.

Downloads also available at these links:

Commbank Postcard.pdf

Hum Postcard OCT 2022.pdf




Payneham Road Uniting Church Organ Scholarship 2023

Payneham Road UC is offering an organ scholarship of $1,500 annually to commemorate a long-standing church member – Veta Brown. Applications close Wednesday, 26th October. Following an interview and an audition, the successful candidate will be notified and the result will be announced at the organ concert on the 26th November. For more information and an application form contact Sharon on 0438 706 957 or email Turn on Javascript!




Mondays at MediaCom

Next Monday, October 31st will be the last Monday at MediaCom. From 10.00 am to 2.00 pm you are invited to a cuppa and chat with an opportunity to connect with colleagues and the MediaCom team. Check out resources for Advent, Christmas and Year A and grab a bargain from the clearance table. Building 4 (opposite Perk Up Café), 32-56 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Mile End.




Call for Auditors

The Uniting Church SA Synod Financial Services Team currently requires additional assistance from suitably qualified auditors (CPA, CA or Registered Company Auditor) to provide audit services to Uniting Church SA congregations and other entities. Fees are to be negotiated directly with the congregation and prospective auditors will need to have their own ABN as well as appropriate insurance. If you or someone you know is available and willing to join a small team to provide this valuable service, please contact Bella Esposito, Financial Services Coordinator on (08) 8236 4251 or via email at Turn on Javascript! for further information.




New opportunities for welcoming refugees in local communities

Uniting Church congregations and faith groups have long been at the forefront of welcoming refugees to Australia. Now your congregation can take the next step and welcome newly arrived Afghan evacuees and other refugees referred by the UNHCR living in our communities. The Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) allows us to do just that. The CRSA are looking for volunteers, individuals and groups, to be a part of their Group Mentorship and the Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP) Programs.

Here’s how it works:

  • Volunteers are groups of at least 5 adults who live near each other. The group offers support to a refugee household (The household is on a refugee or humanitarian visa with full access to Centrelink, Medicare, Work Rights etc.)
  • The group volunteers 10+ hours of support per week between them.
  • Group provides ongoing practical support as required e.g. social connection, assist with driving lessons, finding employment.

How to get involved:

Please let Synod Refugee Advocacy group know your interest in the program (Contact convenor Rev Paul Turley Turn on Javascript! or Justice Officer Paul Goh Turn on Javascript!).




October Refugee Advocacy Guide - A Letter-writing Action and Postcard Campaign

At the June 2022 Synod meeting, we committed to continue to advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees using ‘Priorities for Change’. This and other resources for congregations are available to view on the Synod website: UCA SA - Refugees: Resources for Congregations.

A four-page letter-writing action guide including a template is prepared to help individuals and congregations advocate to the Australian government, fulfilling its promise of pathways to permanency for those on temporary visas without further delay. You can download the guide at this link Refugee Advocacy Guide-October 2022.pdf.

In collaboration with other Synods, we are also encouraged to take part in a postcard campaign on the Increased Humanitarian Protection Program. To request postcards, please contact Paul Goh, Justice Officer, by emailing Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 826 4244.




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.




Reclaiming History with Voice Treaty Truth: An Evening Hosted by Pilgrim Uniting Church

The Hon Kyam Maher, MLC, Attorney General and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs will launch an art exhibition entitled ‘Telling Truth’ hosted by Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide on 7th November from 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm.

This free event will feature Indigenous singer, Corey Theatre, singing in Gunditjmara language, artworks by non-indigenous artist, Colin Clarke, and an information session led by the Hon Kyam Maher on Voice Treaty Truth in South Australia.

For further information please visit: Home - Pilgrim Church




Churches Together: Beyond the Garden Gate Environmental Forum

A warm informative evening acknowledging disturbance of God’s creation, exploring ‘eco-theology’ and practical care, listening to young leaders and passionate Christian scientists, and learning to live more lightly. Light refreshments and live music and Q&A. This event will also be live streamed. November 2nd from 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm at Morialta Uniting Church, 26 Chapel Street, Magill. Please register at: Beyond the Garden Gate (




Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed

Do you have some pastoral skills and time? Flinders Medical Centre, The Repatriation Precinct and Noarlunga Hospital are looking for more volunteers to visit patients to provide emotional and spiritual support. Training will be provided and free parking each time you come to volunteer. You will be working with the Spiritual Care Coordinator Rev Leanne Jenski and other chaplains. Please phone Leanne on 0468 537 360 or email Turn on Javascript! for more information.




Intergenerational Ministry Training Opportunities

Intergenerate Australia Conference on November 10th online. Input, interactive spaces and a chance to Engage together with keynotes and workshops from the face-to-face conferences earlier this year. Grown your intergenerational thinking and practices. More information is available here: Events | Intergenerate Australia

Introduction to GenOn Growth Group and UCA 2023 cohort – free online, on Tuesday, November 15th from 9.30 am – 11.00 am. If you are wondering how to practically engage in intergenerational ministry in your church, this is for you and your ministry leaders. Register here: Registration for Public Events (

Contact Melissa Neumann at: Turn on Javascript!.




Luku Ngarra – Movie Event

Luku Ngarra is a film that looks at the history and culture of Arnhem Land leading up to the present day, seen through the eyes of one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous elders and traditional lawmen, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM. Rev Dr Gondarra is a former Moderator of the Northern Synod and one of the clearest thinkers in the Uniting Church in Australia. Odeon Star, Semaphore at 2.00 pm on Sunday, 30th October.



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