News, Notices & Prayer points - 27 October 2020

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News & Notices – 27 October 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 27 October edition of UC e-News



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of all the Presbyteries in South Australia
  • Our sister churches around the world as they respond to COVID-19 in their contexts, many of which are much more difficult than our own
  • For all those who experience discrimination in the world.



COVID-19 Guidelines for Uniting Church congregations

COVID-19 Guidelines for Uniting Church congregations have been updated and are now available to download from

The guidelines summarise the SA Government’s Emergency Management (Public Activities-COVID-19) Direction 2020. Included are directions about Holy Communion, Hospitality, Baptism, Weddings, Funerals and more. Churches are advised to take a cautious approach to re-opening and only to proceed when all aspects are considered.




COVID – Intergenerational Ministry Grants 2020

The Intergen Team (Mission Resourcing, Synod of SA) is inviting applications for grants to encourage and resource age-specific and intergenerational ministries with children, youth and young adults to flourish as we move into 2021.

It is hoped that this grant process will create opportunities for local ministries to be thinking ‘outside the box’ about how they are forming young people to follow Jesus resiliently in everyday life; and how they are looking to share the message of Jesus beyond their church and with young people in the wider community.

For more information about key criteria and the application process, please download the application form:

Applications close 5pm Monday 23rd November 2020.




Christmas service details

All congregations and faith communities are invited to share their Christmas service and event details on the Synod of SA website ( Please list the service dates, times, locations and titles (e.g. Blue Christmas, Carols Service etc.) and email them to the Engagement team at engagement




Operation Santa: calling all youth groups!

Join us as we shop, shop, shop to buy presents for young people doing it tough this Christmas.

The Operation Santa Youth Event is an opportunity for youth groups to start the conversation around disadvantage and the gift of giving through the work of UnitingCare community service organisations.

Friday 27th November from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Target Centrepoint (parking available).

Please let Julianne ( 8236 4233 know that you are coming. For more information visit:




Closing Service of Littlehampton Uniting Church

To celebrate the life and witness of the church and to mark its closure a service will be held on Sunday 22nd November 2020 at 2pm.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential and must be made through

If you do not have the capacity to book online, please contact Annette Innes on 0417 864 274.

Numbers are limited by necessity and entry will be by ticket only. The tickets are free. COVID-19 compliance planning is in place, with social distancing, limited numbers and sanitising available. Outside seating and viewing will be included to enable as many to attend as possible.

We are pleased to welcome the Uniting Church Moderator in South Australia, Mr Bronte Wilson, as our special guest and speaker for this important occasion.

There will be an opportunity to recall the many memories and achievements, especially of past and present members, as we give thanks with worship for the Celebration of the Life and Witness of the Littlehampton Uniting Church. You are welcome to attend, to view our historical display and to celebrate with us.




Called by God Webinar – Part 1

On Saturday 3rd October 2020, President Dr Deidre Palmer hosted a three-part webinar to introduce the themes of her 2021 President's Conference, Called by God - Living our Christian vocation in daily life. The first of the three sessions can be viewed here: . The video is available with closed captions in English for greater accessibility.

In this the first of three sessions, Dr Palmer introduces the theme of her Conference and invites guests Rev Dr Ockert Meyer and Rev Dr Stephen Robinson to talk about their own call experiences.

The Called by God President's Conference is scheduled to take place in Adelaide from Thursday 29th April until 2nd May 2021.




Everything in Common pack

Now is the time to act on global poverty and order your Everything in Common pack: UnitingWorld's own ethical gift cards, each gift represents a life-changing project to help people across the Pacific, Asia and Africa break the cycle of poverty and step towards a life of dignity.

You are also invited to become coordinators and host a stall for Everything in Common gift cards and Christmas cards at your local congregations.

Digital promotional material is now available at to help you plan a COVID-safe stall.




Goodies 50-cent lawn sale

Goodies Op Shop based at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church is having a 50-cent sale on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st of October. Everything outside under the marquees will be 50-cents including clothing, bric a brac and more. Located at the corner of Union Street and The Parade, Beulah Park, proceeds support The Spire Community. Hope’s Café will also be open and serving 50-cent barista coffee.




Prayer Workshops

Burnside City Uniting Church offers prayer workshops:

  • Nov 4th: Meditative prayer with Father Robert Morris SJ
  • Nov 11th: Passionate prayer with Pastor Wendy Radford
  • Nov 18th: Praying for others with Rev Christine Manning.

You may choose to attend either in-person (384 Portrush Road, Tusmore) or online through live streaming. There is no cost to attend and sessions commence at 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start.

Follow the link for all the details, speaker information and registration:




Service of Remembrance at Pilgrim Uniting Church

Service in Remembrance of friends and loved ones, featuring the Choir of Pilgrim Church, directed by Peter Kelsall.

When: Sunday 1st November at 6.00pm

Where: Pilgrim Uniting Church (12 Flinders Street, Adelaide)

All welcome to this beautiful event.




Music on Flinders – Gene Phoa

Spring into toe-tapping Music on Flinders for some lunch time out with Gene Phoa's free performance outdoors under the trees.

Gene, an emerging, alternative singer-songwriter, transforms malady into melody. He pairs a luminous voice with infectious hooks and anthemic shots of truth. His original song ‘Folklore War’ took out the lyrics category at the 2019 SCALA Festival of Original Music.

When: Monday 2nd November, 12:30 - 1 pm at the Pilgrim Church Forecourt (12 Flinders Street, Adelaide).





2021 Calendar available now


Each year, the Uniting Church in South Australia provides congregations and individuals with lectionary readings, important dates and an overview of the Mission and Service Fund Budget via its annual Calendar publication. The 2021 calendar is now available for purchase here:

All congregations and organisations wishing to purchase printed calendars can do so by ordering by 9th November 2020. Printed calendars are priced at $4 each. (All orders received after 9th November, will be priced at $8 per calendar).

For more information, please contact Engagement on 8236 4230 or email




Christmas postcard and poster orders open

This Christmas, the Synod of SA will offer resources (postcards, posters and PowerPoint templates) to encourage congregations to invite their immediate community and to provide a place of welcome where all can share in the companionship of the season.

Postcards and accompanying posters can now be ordered from this link: Orders are open through to 9th November 2020 and can be delivered to your door or picked up from MediaCom Education (2/382 South Road, Richmond SA 5033). We will also provide a set of free, downloadable PowerPoint templates for your use.

For more information, please contact Engagement on 8236 4230 or email


If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’

Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 20 October 2020, which includes updates about:


  • Facebook Live with Rev Sue Page
  • Covid-19 Update Roadmap
  • Mount Pleasant Closing Service
  • 2021 Calendar available now
  • Christmas postcard and poster orders open
  • Staying safe online
  • Webinard on domestic violence


Check out last week’s UC eNews to keep you updated.



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