News, Notices & Prayer points - 28 August 2019

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News & notices – 28 August 2019
Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 28 August edition of UC e-News.

Prayer Points for the week
• For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
• For the Restructuring Task Groups and the Transitional Presbytery consultative sessions which are continuing into September.
• For the upcoming Lost/Found Youth Festival, that young adults have a transformative experiences and their faith in Christ grows as a result of attending.

Training Session – Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
The next full day training session for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect is being held on Saturday 7 September at Spicer Uniting Church, 44A Fourth Ave, St Peters. Commencing at 9:30am, there will be morning tea provided, but attendees are asked to bring their own lunch. Cost is $30.00 and bookings can be made by emailing: by COB Wednesday 4 September.

SAYCO presents: Lost/Found Youth Festival 
12 October 3-9pm at Adelaide West Uniting Church 
"Everyone wants to know where they stand. We can all feel a little lost in the world. What does it look like to be found? To find where we truly belong? To find home? What does that even look like? And is it even possible for me?"
Lost//Found is a 1 day festival of games, art, food trucks, 3 on 3 basketball, worship, live music, a marketplace and a message about being found from Pastor Mike Wardrop of Encounter Church. $20 per  ticket.
Tickets are now open for youth here and leaders here.

Sally Stamp
Sally Stamp are thankful to all church groups and individuals for sending stamps to the Uniting Church Synod office. Once again, Sally Stamp is seeking more stamps as stocks are getting low. Asking at doctor's surgeries to save their envelopes is worthwhile. Recently the group has helped pay freight for South Pacific School Aid Inc to send pallets of books etc. to Vanuatu. Photos sent back to South Pacific School Aid Inc show children and adults eagerly accepting the shipments. Pick-up of stamps can sometimes be arranged. The committee Convenor is Maxine Haines and she can be contacted by phone: 0427 972417 or email: jimmax.haines@bigpo

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 15 - 22 September 2019 Worldwide
During this week, which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organisations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. For more information please visit

Craft Fair & Exhibition
The Blackwood Community Classes presents a craft fair and exhibition on Saturday 9 November – from 9am to 4pm. The fair and exhibition will occur at the Blackwood Uniting Church (The Church at the Roundabout), 266 Main Road, Blackwood. There are handmade crafts for sale, workshops, an art exhibition & community café. For more information, phone Jacqui 8278 7699 or email:

Calling South Australia's nature champions!
Each year, the SA Environment Awards acknowledge South Australians who give their time, expertise and passion on behalf of our precious natural environment. Find out more about the 2019 Awards.and nominate.
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Safe Church Update
The Safe Church Unit is currently developing information about the new screening system through the Department of Human Services and how Church Councils can assist applicants who are struggling to complete the application.
Available today is the 100 Point Identity Verification Form which Ministers, Church Council members and ministry and office staff of Uniting Churches in SA can use to verify the identity of people for whom “Verify Online Now” did not work.
Find all the information and forms on the Safe Church pages here.
Restructuring/Transitional Presbytery of South Australia Consultations

From 24 July until 3 September (3 locations left to go!)
There are 3 further consultative sessions occurring across South Australia to hear thoughts and ideas from UCA SA members regarding what future Presbyteries in South Australia might look like. Congregations in the South East, Mid-North, the Riverland, Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula have all been selected as venues to give wide access to the consultative sessions.
Find your venue, date and time here.
For more information or to provide attendance details, please contact the Synod Secretariat on or 8236 4200. Facebook events have also been created for each of the sessions through which you can make your attendance known. These will be accessible through the Uniting Church. Uniting People Facebook page.

Conversations and explorations with Friends by the Sea: Worship in the 20th Century
CMLA's worship event, 'Conversations and Explorations with friends by the sea', October 8-11, with guests Libby Byrne, Malcolm Gordon, Mark Pierson and Charissa Suli is an exciting opportunity to think deeply and widely about worship. Don't miss the chance to save on the cost of registration, early bird registrations close August 31. Congregational packages and a special offer for rural people are available. More information can be found here.

It's no Secret event
Each year on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th), Scots Uniting Church, in collaboration with It’s No Secret, runs an event on the Scots forecourt. Scots offers fairy floss, coffee, resources on suicide and mental health support, and an invitation for those affected by these issues to talk, reflect and feel welcomed.
We need help to make this event happen. Do you have a couple of hours to spare on Tuesday 10 September to make fairy floss (training provided), offer resources, and listen to the stories of those willing to share their pain? Then please come along and help out in any way from between 9am-3pm. If you have some time and skills to volunteer please contact Liam at:

Noarlunga Uniting Church Market
The next Noarlunga Uniting Church market will occur on Saturday 7 September from 11am to 3pm. The location is 23 William Road, Christies Beach. Stalls include: Bric-a-brac, craft, garden, sausage sizzle, Devonshire tea, cakes and much more. There will also be free popcorn and fairy floss. Funds raised will go towards the food ministry program for people in the local community. Download a flyer here.



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