News, Notices & Prayer points - 29th November 2022

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News & Notices – 29 November 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 29th November 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For all governments that they will eradicate corruption, establish justice and peace and work towards well-being for all peoples
  • For those impacted again by flooding in Australia, may they be supported through this difficult time, both materially and spiritually
  • For all impacted by earthquakes, mudslides, tsunamis and other natural disasters, may rebuilding provide communities with hope and support for the future.



Everything in Common is back!

UnitingWorld and the Uniting Church’s own ethical Christmas cards are here again! Registrations are now open for churches and groups to host an Everything in Common stall. Help solve Christmas shopping problems, honour a loved one and beat poverty at the same time! Gifts include clean water, education, support for people with disability, chickens and goats. Sign up to host a gift stall and get your gifts today at or nicolasdTurn on Javascript!. If your church can’t host a stall, please help us promote Everything in Common in your newsletters and notices for people to order online.




A Scottish Welcome for Adare’s New Minister

To welcome Reverend Janice Mc Whinney as Adare’s Minister, many guests wore something Scottish – ribbon, tie, scarf, skirt or a kilt as worn by Hunter, Janice’s husband. Janice come to Victor Harbor from Wagga Wagga, but says she has strong Scottish roots. Rev Sue Page, Acting General Secretary of the Synod of SA was the guest speaker and mentioned that she and Janice met at Edinburgh RAAF base where they were both chaplains.




Advent Refugee Advocacy Guide – Christmas Bowl Worship Resources

A two-page Advent Refugee Advocacy Guide is prepared to help congregations share God's love with refugees through the Christmas Bowl and advocacy actions during the season of Advent 2022. ) It contains the links to worship resources for each week of advent, PowerPoint presentations and clip art to use with your congregation, either in person or online. This and other resources for congregations are available to download on the Synod website: UCA SA - Refugees: Resources for Congregations

For further information, please contact Paul Goh, Justice Officer, by emailing Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 826 4244.




Unexpected Joy – Christmas Appeal 2022

A reminder that ‘Unexpected Joy’ is a Christmas gift opportunity for SA Synod congregations to contribute to our Uniting Care organisations and congregations with a special toiletry gift for a vulnerable adult. Closing dates for receiving gifts vary and not every Uniting Care congregation participates in gift giving. Check out those who do and the dates they need goods to be delivered by:

Uniting Care Gawler, 30th November

Uniting Care Glenelg, 2nd December

Uniting Country Port Pirie 7th December

Uniting Care North Adelaide 2nd December

Uniting SA Port Adelaide 23rd December

Uniting Care Taperoo 9th December

Uniting Care Kapunda 16th December.

A list of suitable items can be found at this link: Read more




2023 Uniting Church Calendar

The 2023 Uniting Church Calendar has arrived!

For those that have ordered the calendar the postal orders are on their way. If you chose to pick up your order from the Synod office, they are now ready for pick-up.

Calendar orders are still open and available and they can be ordered at the following link:




Ordination of Shelley Alexander

Shelley Alexander is to be ordained by the Presbytery of Southern SA
Friday 9th December 7pm at Yankalilla UCA. All welcome to attend this joyous celebration! RSVP at this link.




MediaCom Education

Advent Calendar of Daily Devotions – In stock now at MediaCom

This annual favourite is a wonderful resource for churches to give to each family, to share with visitors or others, emphasising the importance of Advent. Based on the Revised Common Lectionary, it includes the Scripture, a short devotion, and a brief prayer. It is printed with a larger font for ease of reading.

Sold in packs of 10, enabling churches and making it easy to share with visitors or others the church wishes to reach during the Advent season.

Advent Calendar of Devotions 2022 - MediaCom Education




Worship Resources for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2022

A video has been release by the Assembly entitled ‘We Say No to Violence’ in support of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The video is available at this link: 16 Days Of Activism - We Say No to Violence on Vimeo.

Uniting Church Congregations and Faith Communities are encouraged to participate in ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence,’ beginning on the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women (25th November, 2022). This global campaign is supported by the United Nations and the World Council of Churches. The Synod Justice Officer has collated some relevant resources for use in the context of worship. They include Sermon Notes, Prayers, Song/Hymn suggestions and Activities for children and youth.

A new ecumenical Advent Resource prepared by Queensland Churches Together Commission for prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

Resources for prayer and reflection provided by the World Council of Churches.

Resources on Thursdays in Black campaign: A global movement for a world without rape and violence.

Beyond Violence – A resource on Domestic and Family Violence provided by UCA Assembly

Previous 16 Days of Activism resources are available at the Assembly website: 16 Days of Activism - Uniting Church Australia.

Article written by Dr Deidre Palmer, former Assembly President.

Previous Break the Silence Sunday resources are available at the Synod website: UCA SA - Break The Silence Sunday.




Free Church Signs

Coonalpyn Uniting Church has held its final service and has available some free standing, good quality signs. P Reserve parking - Church use only (3 signs); Come on in! We're here today! (with the Uniting Church logo) (2 signs). Please contact Graham Sturdy at Turn on Javascript! if you are interested.




Call for Auditors

The Uniting Church SA Synod Financial Services Team currently requires additional assistance from suitably qualified auditors (CPA, CA or Registered Company Auditor) to provide audit services to Uniting Church SA congregations and other entities. Fees are to be negotiated directly with the congregation and prospective auditors will need to have their own ABN as well as appropriate insurance. If you or someone you know is available and willing to join a small team to provide this valuable service, please contact Bella Esposito, Financial Services Coordinator on (08) 8236 4251 or via email at Turn on Javascript! for further information.




COVID-19 Update

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information in regards to COVID-19 guidelines can be found here:

If you would like further assistance, please contact your presbytery or:

              Sue Page Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.




Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed

Do you have some pastoral skills and time? Flinders Medical Centre, The Repatriation Precinct and Noarlunga Hospital are looking for more volunteers to visit patients to provide emotional and spiritual support. Training will be provided and free parking each time you come to volunteer. You will be working with the Spiritual Care Coordinator Rev Leanne Jenski and other chaplains. Please phone Leanne on 0468 537 360 or email Turn on Javascript! for more information.




Holly Jolly Concert

Hope’s Café at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church in Beulah Park is having a ‘Holly Jolly Concert’ to celebrate the end of the year. Performers from the Hillbilly Hoot will join with Hope’s Café Local Vocals group for some light well-known songs and sprinkling of Christmas tunes. Entry by donation, food available for purchase. 6.00 pm on 16th December 2022. More information is available at this link:





A Christmas version of Handel’s majestic Messiah will be held in the stunning acoustics and beauty of Clayton Wesley Uniting Church. Featuring soloists Fiona McArdle, Nicholas Cannon and Meran Bow and a chorus of professional singers. Organist, Andrew Georg, Conductor, Kim Worley. Sunday, 4th December 2022 from 5:00 PM - 6:15 pm. More information and tickets can be booked at this link: Come and Sing Messiah Tickets, Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Beulah Park | TryBooking Australia




Song Books

Coonalpyn Uniting Church has copies of ‘Together in Song’ and the ‘Australian Hymn Book’ for any church that would like them. Please contact Graham at Turn on Javascript!.




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