News, Notices & Prayer points - 28 January 2020

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News & notices – 28 January 2020


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 28 January 2020 edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For every Christian suffering persecution, no matter where in the world they live.
  • For the Disaster & Recovery Ministries chaplains providing emotional and spiritual support to those affected by the fires, as well as everyone providing practical support.


Save the Date 2020 Code of Ethics Refreshers

As it is now a requirement for all ministry agents ‘in active’ service to participate in a Code of Ethic Refresher annually, the dates for 2020 have been set.  Each 12-month cycle will focus on a particular element of the Code of Ethics. As the new program commenced mid-2019 the next session will be on the same topic of Professionalism. 

  • Tuesday 3 March: Adelaide West Uniting Church, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Booking link will be advertised shortly. 

The next topic in the series will commence mid-year.  Two sessions will be offered: on Wednesday 24 June, 1:30-4:30pm (Northern location) and on Thursday 12 November, 9:30am -12:30pm (Eastern Metro).

Please note in your diaries now. For more information please contact Linda Vinall on 8236 4248 or


Around the Table: Conversations with the President

The President of the Uniting Church Assembly Dr Deidre Palmer invites young adults aged 18-30 years to join her in a conversation about living out the gospel of Christ, joys, hopes and concerns about the world and society, and thoughts about how we as a church could respond.

Thursday 27 February, Rosefield Uniting Church, 6:30pm–9:00pm.

A light meal will be served, please advise any dietary requirements.
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The Takeover on 1079 Life is looking for Youth Groups

Adelaide Christian radio station 1079 Life is in the process of rostering different youth groups to be featured on the program The Takeover for the first quarter of 2020. The program is particularly popular with youth aged 12 to 25 years, and involves the broadcaster  visiting the youth group for live interviews and commentary.

If your youth group would like to be involved please contact Mary-Anne ‘Maz’ Maio, host and producer of The Takeover, on 8444 5433 or


Reconciliation SA 2020 Apology Breakfast

This annual breakfast is held to honour the survivors of the Stolen Generations and to inform the wider community about historical and current matters relating to the Stolen Generations. Reconciliation SA will seat as many Survivors as possible for free at the Reconciliation SA 2020 Apology Breakfast on Thursday 13 February.  Individual tickets cost $80 (Reconciliation SA Members $65) and a table of 12 costs $960 (Members $780). If you would like to share a UCA table, please contact Tarlee Leondaris on 0402347957.  A Stolen Generation Survivor seat can also be sponsored for $80.

Register here.


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


Scholarships for women

The Winifred Kiek Scholarship Trust of Australian Church Women announces that applications are now open for women who are resident in Australia and wish to undergo theological studies, leadership training or attend a conference/seminar in the year 2021.

Applications close on Sunday 31 May. For details of the scholarship and application forms go to and scroll down to the Winifred Kiek Scholarship site. For more information please contact Velvy Holden on 0415 728 457 or


KCO registrations now open

KCO Connect is happening on 21-22 March 2020 and the KCO registration system is now open. However, campers and leaders are not able to register until the KCO team has had a response from their Church Council. A Church Council letter about attending KCO 2020 was emailed in December to Church Council Chairs and Secretaries. Please talk to your Church Council to ensure the response survey is completed or that they have contacted the">KCO Office in order to have your Church on the registration form.

The following information booklets are now available to view or download on the website and on the Yapp App:

KCO posters and postcards are available for collection from either the Synod Office (Level 2, 212 Pirie St, Adelaide) or Uniting College (312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park).

PowerPoint slides and images for use in worship services and newsletters are available on the KCO website.  


City of Adelaide Community Development Grant Program

The City of Adelaide Community Development Grants Program offers a range of opportunities across the year for eligible organisations and community members to enable connection, participation and a sense of community.

  • MAJOR GRANTS: Up to $50,000 per year, 1 to 3 year funding agreements available - opens 28 January, closes 17 February.
  • MINOR GRANTS: Up to $10,000, 4 grant rounds per year – current round closes 10 February.
  • QUICK RESPONSE GRANTS: Up to $2,000, open all year round.

For more information, including the grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and timings, visit the web page or contact the grants team at


Factsheet: Better Freedoms or Bigger Burden?

On 10 December 2019 the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General released the second exposure drafts of the three draft bills which together form a legislative package on religious freedom.

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and a many other peak bodies and industry groups have raised a number of concerns about the exposure draft and its likely impacts on our workplaces and on broader community relations.

They have compiled a fact sheet that provides detail on the Bill’s restrictions on businesses and community sector organisations, recommended alternatives to the Bill and courses of action for organisations. Find the fact sheet here.




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