News, Notices & Prayer points - 28 July 2020

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News & Notices – 28 July 2020

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

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Prayer Points for the week

  • Those who are enduring fear and hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in areas where there have been outbreaks
  • The sustenance and well-being of all those who are relying on government payments to get through the COVID-19 crisis
  • For strength and persistence for all those who are working for peace. May their voices be heard and peace become a reality.



NYALC cancelled

The National Young Adult Leader Conference (NYALC) which was due to be held in January 2021 has been cancelled. NYALC draws key young adult leaders from across Australia from many diverse cultural groups from within the Uniting Church in Australia. The Conference aims to encourage, bless, grow and empower UCA young adult leaders in their ministry and faith.

Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer wrote a letter to advise that due to COVID-19, the volatility of our current health situation in Australia and the necessary community safety measures, the Assembly is cancelling the Young Adult Leaders Conference. The President announced that she would be hosting a series of seven online ‘roundtable’ gatherings in the next six months. If you are a young adult or are involved in encouraging young adults in church life, you can sign up by emailing Deidre at president@nat.uca.org.au. Read the letter regarding the cancellation of NYALC here.


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Intergen Team’s new blog

The Intergen Team of SA Synod is launching a blog about following Jesus in everyday life. The team hope to blog once a week with a reflection, a resource or a book review as well as offering links to the great stuff that others are also producing. If there is anything in particular you’d like to hear about or a story you’d like to share about how you are encouraging young people to follow Jesus please let us know. Find the blog here: https://intergenteam.ucasa.org.au/


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Highbury Street Fund - Applications for Grant Funding open now!

The Highbury Street Fund supports leadership development among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) worshipping communities through education and training.

Applications are called from CALD worshipping communities within the Uniting Church in SA for funding for leadership development grants.

Residents of SA of any age or diverse ethnic background with leadership roles within the Uniting Church are encouraged to apply. Application information is available here: https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/CALD/Highbury-Street-Fund-Promo-2020.pdf

Applications to reach Mission Resourcing by 31st August, 2020. Applications are available at https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/multicultural/CALD-Highbury-St-Application-Form.pdf

Further information is available from Bev Freeman – bfreeman@sa.uca.org.au or phone 8236 4243


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Through Their Eyes - Safe Environments: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Limited spaces are available to join in either a full day training - Monday 10 August 9.30-4.30pm or a half-day Refresher Wednesday 12 August 9.30am – 12.30pm August. If you wish to attend please send an email calledtocare@sa.uca.org.au to request a place. The training is being hosted by Uniting Venues at Belair.

Future training dates will be forthcoming in Term 4.


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Recording existing Working with Children’s Check

Do you have leaders on your records who obtained their Working with Children Check via another organisation? So we can register them as associated with the Uniting Church, please have them complete the "Step One" form: https://sa.uca.org.au/safechurch/screening. All 'appointed leaders' must have a WWCC and other checks as required - see the Duty of Care policy for more details.


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CMLA Newsletter

The latest newsletter of the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) can be read here.


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Engage Together - intergenerational worship resource ideas for Aug-Sept

Want to know how to shape intergenerational worship? Then this is the resource for you!

Edited and updated from 2017, to assist and inspire churches to adapt elements of a worship liturgy (such as call to worship, prayers, music and Bible readings) to be more intergenerational during the season after Pentecost (Aug - Sept 2020). Whilst based on Lectionary readings, the ideas can be adapted to suit any Bible/theme focus.

Written and produced in partnership across three Uniting Church Synods, including SA’s Intergenerational Team. Find out more here: https://sa.uca.org.au/intergen/church-resources/all-age-worship/


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CMLA Newsletter

The latest newsletter of the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) can be read here.


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Children’s Ministry Coordinator – Pilgrim UC

Pilgrim Uniting Church is seeking to recruit a Children’s Ministry Coordinator. The position is a casual appointment and the successful applicant will be expected to work the hours required to plan and lead Sunday School each Sunday morning, and other children’s ministry-related activities.

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Pilgrim ministry team to develop and implement programs for children that will provide a teaching and pastoral ministry that nurtures children’s exploration and discovery of the Christian faith.

Applications close on Friday 14 August 2020, by 5.00 pm. The Position Description and Person Specification for this role is available here: https://sa.uca.org.au/uc-positions-vacant/current-positions/childrens-ministry-coordinator-prilgrim-uc


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Exciting opportunity in Innovative Ministry (VIC)

An exciting opportunity exists to join a new team in northern and central Victoria. This is an innovative approach to ministry adopted by the Presbytery of Loddon Mallee. The newly created team will consist of full-time ministries in Pastoral and Mission Development and part-time (0.4) in Intergenerational Ministry. The team will serve the areas of Swan Hill, Kerang, Moulamein, Murrabit, Cohuna, and Pyramid Hill.

The Presbytery is seeking people who have a heart for the country and who would be excited about working in a team to help large and small congregations develop their worshipping life, in their mission to their communities and in their intergenerational ministries. A Profile will be provided upon request.

Contact: Rev Siotame Paletu’at 0408 996 255 or Rev Rose Broadstock 0416 805 022

Enquiries should be emailed to: The Secretary, Presbytery of Loddon Mallee, lmucapresbytery@gmail.com


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Passing of Rev Sir Samson Lowa

Many folk will remember with affection Rev Sir Samson Lowa a former Moderator of the United Church of PNG. Previously a principal of Gaulim Teachers College, he became an outstanding spiritual leader, a peacemaker, and a champion of gender equity and ecumenical partnerships in the Pacific. He was a humble man who reflected the love and peace of Christ and touched the hearts of all he met. May he rest in God’s peace.


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For Sale: New Interpreters Bible (NIB)

For Sale: New Interpreters Bible (NIB) 12 Volume Bible commentary set in good condition $350. Contact: Ken Burt (kenjburt@netspace.net)







If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’ The items below will keep you updated.


Now available Moderator's Worship Resource: New Connections

As many congregations look to gather together again for Sunday worship, Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) and the Moderator's Worship Team have put together some resources for a worship celebration.

This consists of a collection of prayers and a message from the Moderator, acknowledging how difficult these past few months have been for many; our on-going uncertainty and vulnerability; our need for rest and restoration; and expressing our hopes for the future of our church. This collection will be available as printed resources to be used within a gathered worship service, a pre-recorded video message from the Moderator, plus a printed ‘Worship at Home’ resource for those unable to or not yet gathering together.

The Worship Resource is now available on the UCA SA Synod website here: https://sa.uca.org.au/who-we-are/moderator#moderatorsMessage. You might choose to use it during worship on Sunday 26 July or one Sunday during August.

For further information or to obtain hard copies of the resource, please contact the Moderator's office by email moderator@sa.uca.org.au.


Lay Preachers’ Sunday 2020

A reminder that Sunday 2 August is recognised in South Australia as Lay Preacher's Sunday. This is the Sunday when we recognise and celebrate the work of Lay Preachers in the Uniting Church in Australia. A special liturgy and set of notes are available here: https://sa.uca.org.au/lay-preachers/

You might choose to celebrate it on Sunday 2 August or any suitable date for the celebration.


COVID learnings from our leaders

Uniting Church Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer and the Moderators of the six Synods have been reflecting on the challenges to the Church over the last few months and their hopes for the future. The reflections can be seen here: COVID learnings from our leaders



Placement vacant – Staff Chaplain, NALHN

Placement vacant - Chaplain, Northern Area Local Health Network (NALHN)) with a Mental Health focus (0.5FTE) The Position Description can be found here. Enquiries to Rev Philip Gardner 0409 077 076. Applications along with Resume/CV should be sent to pgardner@sa.uca.org.au by 5.00pm Friday 28 August 2020.


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