News, Notices & Prayer points - 26 May 2020

Posted in News

News & Notices – 26 May 2020


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



Prayer Points for the week

  • Australia's First Peoples and members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress as we all continue to seek to reconcile the wrongs of the past.
  • Christians in Australia and around the world. May we show each other (and be blessed with) unusual kindness in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Facebook Live COVID-19 updates with Rev Sue Page

Associate General Secretary Rev Sue Page will be hosting a Facebook Live update today addressing the roadmap to reopening our churches to the public for worship and other gatherings. Those who join in can ask questions through live chat which Sue will address in real-time. Should you not be able to join the live update you can revisit the post and see all questions in the Synod’s Facebook page feed.

Join Sue on Facebook here at 3:30pm today, Tuesday 26 May.


Connecting Families, Nurturing Faith - resource for ministry leaders

This resource aims to encourage discipleship across households. It includes a step-by-step process, a checklist, ideas to share with families and information about four recommended resources.

This is not another discipleship resource but a tool to assist ministry leaders to choose a resource, communicate with families to nurture faith at home and to encourage families to connect with each other, particularly while we cannot meet face-to-face. It has been developed by Melissa Neumann (SA Synod Intergen Team - Mission Resourcing) and Chris Barnett (Synod of Victoria and Tasmania).

Download the resource here.


Disaster and Recovery Ministries SA – online chaplaincy training

The next training course for potential chaplains for this UCA-coordinated ministry will be conducted online on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June (Existing chaplains needing to complete refresher training in order to maintain accreditation only need to participate on Thursday 25 June). Rev Dr Stephen Robinson (UCA Assembly National Disaster Recovery Officer) will be the chief presenter. Please register here. Contact Wendy Perkins (Coordinator) by email: or phone 8236 4284 or check out the website for further information.


A Sally Stamp update

The Sally Stamp volunteers have continued to work from home, trimming and packing stamps, and look forward to the end of the COVID-19 restrictions to resume their Monday morning meetings.

Please keep saving your stamps so they can be forwarded to the Synod Office as soon as restrictions lift. If anyone has a stamp collection which is no longer required and which you would be happy to donate, it is possible that it may be collected. Please phone Maxine on 0427 972417 or email: to arrange.

CMLA Newsletter

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has published its May Update. Read it here.


Discounted Uniting Church Books

MediaCom Education and the Uniting Church in Australia have discounted some popular Uniting Church books by 50% for a short time only. These titles include Uniting in Worship 2Theology for Pilgrims & Pilgrim People - An Invitation to Worship in the Uniting Church.

MediaCom Education also offers a 'click and collect' option, so customers can purchase and collect from the Adelaide office located at Unit 2/382 South Road, Richmond. View the new MediaCom Education website for more information and details.


UCA Assembly Newsletter

Read the latest news from the UCA Assembly, including the following articles: a Decade of Volunteering in the Outback, National Reconciliation Week 2020, and more. Read it here.


We were made for times like these

Dr Sureka Goringe, National Director of UnitingWorld, writes about what is happening in other parts of the world which have been severely affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Read more here.


NCCA Newsletter

The National Council of Churches in Australia has published its second newsletter for the Month of May 2020. Read it here.



Didn’t read the last “News & Notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


Do you have a valid Working with Children Check?

The Uniting Church received a reminder from Department of Human Services that all ministers and leaders will need to have their DHS Working with Children Check completed by 30 June 2020.

As you will be aware, in July 2019 we moved to the new Working with Children Check, as mandated by the State Government. If you have not yet completed a new screening please do so as soon as possible. 

The former Uniting Church SA Screening and Authority will no longer be valid regardless of any date listed beyond 1 July 2020. Some roles also require other checks: General Probity and Working with Vulnerable People. If you have obtained your screening via other institutions please advise us so our records can be brought up to date.

You can find more information on our website here.


Letter from General Secretary (15 May 20) - Op Shops Guidelines and Checklist

General Secretary of the SA Synod Rev Felicity Amery sent a letter to ministers, members of Church Councils and Congregational Leaders on 15 May regarding the opening and operation of Op Shops. Please find her letter, which contains more details, here.


Online worship service for Reconciliation Sunday

An online worship service prepared for Reconciliation Sunday (31 May) will be available on YouTube for congregations interested in using it for their Sunday worship. Individuals and groups may also be interested in viewing it. Links to the order of service and the YouTube video will be accessible through the Pilgrim Uniting Church website. The service incorporates resources prepared by the SA Synod’s Covenanting Officer, Tarlee Leondaris. 


White Pages Directory listings

Have you recently checked whether your congregation’s entry in the White Pages Directory is correct? If there are any changes, please email Chris on by 5 June 2020 so that she can organise for the listing to be corrected.


Dollars & Sense out now

The latest edition of Dollars & Sense was published last week. Dollars & Sense seeks to provide useful information and updates to better equip Church office-bearers in their roles within the life of the Uniting Church. Read it online here.


L'Arche Adelaide Community Life Coordinator (CLC) position

L'Arche offers community care for people with and without intellectual disability. This position is an important role in the life of the L’Arche Adelaide community. The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing for the commencement of L’Arche’s first house in Adelaide next year. This is a part-time position with payment by honorarium.

For the job specification please contact Rev Dr Trevor Whitney on 0403 711 653 or Expressions of Interest close Friday 19 June.

Please pass this advertisement on to interested people in your networks.


More from News

Subscribe to receive News articles by email >


Comments (3)