News, Notices & Prayer points - 28 April 2020

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News & Notices – 28 April 2020


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 28 April edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • Residents of Pacific Island nations whose lives have been disrupted by Cyclone Harold. UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has offered a Prayer for the Pacific
  • Our UCA partner churches in Asia, Africa and the Pacific who are caring for their COVID-19 affected communities. Health workers and other essential community service providers who continue to provide vital care and support to the most vulnerable.


Vacancy – Board Director Uniting Communities

A unique opportunity exists for a Uniting Church person to apply for a vacant Board Director position with Uniting Communities. Interested people with a work or academic background in either social/human services, business, management, strategic planning, or organisational governance, should  email Dr Sue King, Chairperson, Uniting Communities at


President's Conference to go ahead

Dr Deidre Palmer has announced that her 2020 President’s Conference will go ahead in Adelaide from 2-5 October, as originally scheduled. Read more here.


UnitingWorld appeal for COVID-19 affected partners

UCA partner churches in Asia, Africa and the Pacific are providing emergency food, access to clean water and sanitation, care for those at risk of violence in locked-down communities. Your gift will save lives. Find out how you can help here.


Bush Chaplains hit the phones

While volunteers have stood down due to COVID-19 pandemic, Frontier Services' chaplains are providing a vital lifeline for people in the Australian Outback. Read about their work in the May edition of Frontier News


SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Uniting Communities is operating the South Australian COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line, established by the State Government to help those struggling with the current situation or with feelings of isolation. Counselling is offered over the phone and via video calls, along with referrals to a range of services if needed. The Support Line is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm on 1800 632 753.



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


Seeking a Chaplain

Expressions of Interest are being sought for the Uniting Church Chaplain, Correctional Services 0.4FTE position. Due to COVID-19 complications, the closing date for applications is currently unknown. For more information and a copy of the Position Description, please contact Rev Wendy Prior by email,


2020 Uniting Foundation Grants information

In light of impacts of the COVID-19 crisis across the life of the church, priority in the 2020 round of grants will be given to projects which enable Congregations, Faith Communities and Ministry Centres to:

  • Adapt to the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing their capacity to engage in the online/digital environment, leading to enhanced effective missional activity both now and in the post COVID-19 era.
  • Increase the capacity to produce, print and distribute resources, increasing the missional capacity in their local area and beyond.
  • Resource other Congregations for effective missional activity now and in the post COVID-19 era.
  • Note: We anticipate that applications might include equipment (hardware or software), training, provision of training personnel, or other items.

Read more here.



Uniting Church SA Moderator Mr Bronte Wilson has signed the Refugee Council of Australia’s open letter to the Prime Minister (find it here) asking for leadership on three key issues for people seeking asylum, for refugees, and for other temporary migrants who have been made vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  

As a follow up to the letter, the Refugee Council of Australia and all signatory organisations will launch a collective #NobodyLeftBehind campaign this week. If your congregation or ministry agent would like to join the campaign and receive further information, please contact the SA Synod’s Justice Officer, Rev Dr Paul Goh on


Bibles for Bubs – registrations open for 2019 babies

The Bible Society has 2,000 “God’s Story for Me” Bibles to give away to babies born in 2019 and their families. All you need to do is register your interest online here (there are some terms and conditions).

Registration closes on 30 June or when they reach 2,000 babies registered, whichever comes first. Don’t miss out.


WCC Assembly 2021

The World Council of Churches is inviting young people from its member churches to engage in its 2021 Assembly in Karlsruhe (Germany). There are two opportunities which young adults in the Uniting Church might consider.

Read more here.


A message from Resthaven

During the pandemic, as an essential service, Resthaven continues to support people at home and by offering respite support for carers of older people.  

Some older people may be experiencing an unexpected, increased need for support due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and may benefit from temporary or ongoing services. This can make all the difference when people are struggling.

Resthaven meets all government and clinical guidelines to deliver services safely.

Resthaven is available to partner with people to assist in this trying time. Please contact Resthaven Community Services on 1300 13 66 33 to find out how they can assist you.


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Kangaroo Island Disaster Recovery Update

As we approach the anniversary of the extinguishing of the disastrous bushfires on Kangaroo Island and after many delays, we are pleased to announce that Rev Mark Dickens will work with the Kangaroo Island community on behalf of the Uniting Church in a half time capacity.


Synod Meeting Update

Members of Synod, please note that many of the reports for consideration at our Synod meeting are now available on the Synod website.


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