News, Notices & Prayer points - 28 November 2018

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 28 November edition of UC e-News.


Prayer Points for the week

  • For the work of Frontier Services as they bring hope to the bush this Christmas.
  • For the children who remain trapped in offshore detention on Nauru.


Workshop on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

On Wednesday, 5 December, the Pastoral Relations and Mission Planning Team will be holding a workshop aimed at understanding the findings of the Royal Commission.

The workshop, titledUnpacking the final report, recommendations and ministry implications of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse”, is specifically for members of church councils, Ministry leaders and designated Safe Church contacts in the Synod of South Australia. It will be led by the Executive Officer of the UCA Assembly Royal Commission Task Group, Rev John Cox, along with input from the Pastoral Relations and Mission Planning Team regarding what has been rolled out so far.

WHEN: Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9am – 12.00pm

WHERE: Burnside City Uniting Church
RSVP ASAP to Gill Morel via">email for catering


KCO 2019: Save the Date

The 2019 Kids Camp Out (KCO) will once again occur on 23-24 March, 2019 at Adare Camp & Caravan Park in Victor Harbor. In 2019, the KCO theme will be repeated: “Welcome, A Place to Belong”, and there will be lots of new activities and material available, along with unique opportunities for Uniting Church kids to share fun, food, faith and friends.

Registration for KCO will open on Wednesday 16 January 2019 with more information available on the website here.


Walking on Country 2019

The Uniting Aboriginal Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) NSW/ACT will be hosting a Walking on Country tour next year that includes several South Australian places of interest. Those participating will have the opportunity to visit UAICC members on Country and learn first-hand about First Peoples’ culture, heritage, spirituality and challenges in places like Meningie, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Uluru and the Coorong.

WHEN: 15-30 June 2019

WHERE: Departing from Wagga, NSW

Find out more by viewing the program here and the information brochure here.


For the Whole of Creation – President’s Conference

All members of the Uniting Church in Australia are invited to join UCA President, Dr Deidre Palmer at her first President’s Conference. This is a unique opportunity to discuss and explore issues of environment and climate, gender justice and how to grow in Christian discipleship.

Keynote speakers include: Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll, Rev James Bhagwan and Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski.

WHEN: 13-17 July 2019

WHERE: Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji

Find out more and register online here.




Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.


Taizé Pilgramage Information Evening

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts will be holding an information night about their upcoming pilgrimage to the Taizé Community. The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. The planned pilgrimage will take place next year 5-18 July and is open to those aged between 18 and 29 years. The information night will be held at Brougham Place Uniting Church in North Adelaide on Tuesday 27 November at 7pm. Send an">email for more info.


The Spire Community Open Day

On Saturday 8 December the Spire Community, home of Hopes Café, is hosting an Open Day to celebrate the re-opening of Clayton Chapel. This is the first step in creating a dynamic performance and conference venue to support all the work the community is undertaking for refugees, migrants and people on low incomes.

The Op shop will be open all day with a special sale at 1pm, Hopes Café will be open for you to grab get a meal or a coffee and ‘pay what you can afford’. There will be plenty to see, do and experience during the day. The event runs from 10am to 4pm at The Spire, 280 Portrush Road, Beulah Park.

Circle 114 will also be holding a fundraiser on Sunday 2 December that features a saxophone quartet. Tickets costs $10 or ‘what you can afford’ and will help asylum seekers whose income has been cut off by the Australian Government.  You can book here.


Finding a Home in the Uniting Church

The Uniting Church Historical Society’s 2nd Biennial History Conference will be held 7-10 June 2019 with the theme “Finding a Home in the Uniting Church”. Papers are invited on this theme and any topic related to the history of the Uniting Church or its precedent churches. Invited speakers will include Dr Meredith Lake and Dr Joanna Cruickshank.

The conference will be held at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Melbourne. For more information please contact Robert Renton on 0427 812 606 or by">email.



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