News, Notices & Prayer points - 26 July 2022

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News & Notices – 26 July 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 26th July 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For those experiencing illness, isolation or grief as new strains of COVID-19 emerge and case numbers increase
  • For healthcare workers tirelessly providing care to the sick
  • For all international mission partners working to support their communities, especially in those countries that are currently experiencing difficult economic conditions.



Celebration of Ministries

As part of this year’s Synod ’22, A Celebration of Ministries service will be held at Adelaide West Uniting Church on Sunday, 21st August at 2.00 pm. This service celebrates the ministry, those who have retired since the last Synod meeting, and those who are celebrating special anniversaries of their ordination. The service will be both in person and live-streamed online. Phone (08) 8236 4200 or email for further information.




Lay Preachers’ Sunday

Lay Preachers’ Sunday is celebrated in South Australia this year on August 7th. Lay Preacher’s Committee encourages every congregation to arrange that on that day (or a nearby convenient day) a lay preacher is engaged to preach and lead worship, or at least to have a significant role in the worship. A suggested liturgy and notices for the preacher may be found at this link: UCA SA - Lay Preachers




Emergency Relief

The UnitingCare Emergency Relief Centres are struggling to keep up with the demand from people needing emergency food supplies. The usual sources have reduced supplies because of floods and rising costs. UnitingCare SA encourages congregations to include packaged goods as part of their regular offerings and to then, say monthly, arrange delivery to an Emergency Relief Centre. More information can be found at or call UnitingCare SA on (08) 8236 4255. The number of people seeking relief is continuing to increase each month and if we all do our bit we can, collectively, help many.




Adelaide Theological Library Book Sale

Come and grab a bargain (or two) at the Adelaide Theological Library Book Sale from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th August between 10am – 4pm. Most books are priced around $1, $2 and $5. Items cover theology, commentaries, counselling, leadership, pastoral care, spirituality, prayer and more. Payment by card only. For more information phone (08) 8416 8416.




Suicide Awareness Day banner offer

Scots Church Adelaide is now taking expressions of interest from congregations who would like to receive a free Suicide Awareness Banner to display in their community on September 10th, 2022, National Suicide Prevention Day. The banner is generic and can be used for years to come. The banners are soft with eyelets and are accompanied by a holder and ribbon for people to tie ribbons onto gate, fence etc. For more information, please contact Rev Jill Lienert before Friday, 5th August on 0409 178 465. Banners will be available the first week of September. Only a limited number are available and preference will be given to rural communities.




Safe Church Update

It is 3 years since the changes to legislation required a change in the screenings types that ‘persons with roles of responsibilities within the church community’ are expected to have. ‘Working with Children Checks are valid for 5 years – so any checks carried out post 1st July 2019 still have another couple of years before renewal is required. However the other screening types of General Probity and Vulnerable Persons are valid for 3 years. Renewal of a previous screening needs to be carried out no more than 6 months prior to the ‘expiry’ date. Thank you to those who are diligently seeking renewals for these screenings. Reminders will be sent to the contact details given by individuals at the initial time of requesting a check.

For all screening requests and more information:
Safe Church Resources – Safe Church (

Upcoming training: ‘Through their Eyes – safe Environments for children and young people’
Saturday 17th September, The Corner Uniting Church, 93 Oaklands Road, Warradale, is hosting a full day course (9:30am – 4:00pm). Bookings are essential and can be registered at this link: Events Calendar – Safe Church (

Cost $30.00 per attendee. Morning Tea provided, BYO lunch.




Dollars & Sense

The July edition of Dollars and Sense is now available. The newsletter produced by the Synod Resources team seeks to provide useful information and updates to better equip Church office bearers in their roles within the life of the Uniting Church.

Read the newsletter




Volunteer opportunities at the Red Dove Café Urgent Update

The Red Dove café is looking for people to sign up as volunteers for shifts at this year’s Royal Adelaide show from Saturday 3rd September through to Sunday 11th September with free entry to the Show included. Rostering times are 6.30am – 11.00 am, 11am – 3.30 pm and 3.30 pm – 8.30 pm. Students from Pedare, Westminster, Seymour and Immanuel Colleges have also signed up to help out. Please note: Volunteers need to confirm as soon as possible, as all forms need to be finalised by 31st July 2022. To register for a shift, contact Janet Woodward at or phone (08) 82364275 / 0432271757.




Food for the Soul - A SALA Exhibition at the Red Dove Cafe

Uniting Church Fellowship and Mission Support (UCFAMS), Red Dove Cafe and the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) are pleased to bring you the 'Food for the Soul Exhibition.' The cafe walls are usually bare except for a large menu board and a few show photos. The aim of this exhibition is to beautify the cafe space and in doing so engage with patrons in ways that describe and promote the resilience of rural people and their lifestyle, and also that embodies spiritual hope to bring wellness and peace to all.

UCFAMS seeks art-works to place on the walls that may be a point of conversation and a ministry to patrons. More information and how to submit art-works can be found here.




Celebration of Ministry Service

The Presbytery of Southern SA and the Uniting Aboriginal Islander Christian Congress recognise the conclusion of Rev Felicity Amery in the role of General Secretary and invite you to a celebration of Felicity's ministry within South Australia and beyond. Sunday 31st July 2022 6,00 pm, at Blackwood Uniting Church, please RSVP for catering purposes by clicking 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.




2022 Uniting Foundation Grant Round Opens

Congregations, Faith Communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding to assist with missional projects which will build vibrant church communities leading the Church into the future.

The projects need to be able to demonstrate how the missional effectiveness of the applying body will be enhanced. The amount of available funds impacts the Committee’s ability to fund projects. Accordingly, applications need to meet the established criteria. The applying body’s Mission and Service Fund contribution status is also considered when assessing applications.

Property upgrade and maintenance are not eligible for Uniting Foundation funding. An applicant cannot have more than one concurrent active grant.

Please note. Applications close 30th July 2022.

Application forms, eligibility criteria and other related information can be located at

Additional information is available by contacting Malcolm Wilson, Uniting Foundation Manager, Email: and phone: 0414 520 140.




Support Sri Lanka – An Emergency Appeal for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst economic crisis since independence due to political instability and foreign fund deficit. The people of Sri Lanka are struggling with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices for basic necessities, and a shortage of emergency medical supplies affecting a large number of the citizens around the country. The Lanka Vision Foundation has set up a funding page to assist in this crisis. Donations can be made at this link:




L’Arche Adelaide

L'Arche is an international federation of faith-based communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live together in a mutuality of care. L'Arche Adelaide has recently launched its first community house and appointed its first community leader. The community meets every month, and all are welcome to attend gatherings. Information about the community is available at and the Facebook site located at



Frontier Services – Outback Links

You may have seen or heard about the amazing difference that volunteers make to the work of Frontier Services, but there countless more people who need support in remote communities across the country. Frontier Services is Australia’s oldest bush charity, and through its National Volunteer Program called ‘Outback Links,’ dedicated volunteers have been showing up at the farm gate offering their practical support and comforting presence. If you have something to offer, and would like more information please go to: Outback Links - Frontier Services.




Series 3 of the Dwelling Podcast with Rev Dr Paul Goh

The Assembly has released the first of four episodes in a new series of the President's Podcast Dwelling. This series on Diversity and Inclusion invites us to think about how we celebrate and nurture the gifts of all. First up: Rev Dr Paul Dongwon Gohvwho works in Justice and Cross Cultural Ministry in the Synod of South Australia. Paul shares his own journey into the Uniting Church and reflects on how we might deepen our engagement with difference and reimagine our ways of working to be a truly intercultural church.




Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 19th July 2022

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