News, Notices & Prayer points - 2nd July 2024

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News & Notices – 2nd July 2024

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 2nd July 2024 edition of UC e-News

Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For the Uniting Church in Australia and all involved in bringing the 17th Assembly meeting together this month and for all members attending this important gathering of the church
  • For those experiencing domestic violence may they receive much needed care, safety and support during these difficult times
  • For our world help all to know what is wrong and what is right. Provide peace and hope to those who are suffering from injustice. Show them that you are there, and you care for them and that you will make all things right. God, we pray for a world full of love and compassion.




Safe Church Update

Safe Church trainings: Did you miss the last round of courses offered?  Are you waiting for a location near you?  Are you looking for a refresher for your knowledge of Mandatory Reporting?  The next Through Their Eyes Refresher is being offered on Tuesday 13th August at Hope Valley. A full day course,  Saturday 7th September at The Journey, Ridgehaven. Called to Care – our own Uniting Church Safeguarding training is being offered at the following: Saturday 17th August at Spicer UC, St Peters; Sunday 18th August at Westbourne Park UC and 13th October at Bordertown UC. All training sessions require preregistration via the event listing on the Safe Church Events Calendar page:  Events Calendar – Safe Church (

Screening renewals: Since the introduction of the new screening requirements in 2019, reminders for expiring screenings due for renewal have been sent from the Synod’s UC SA Screening office. This year the Department for Human Services Screening Unit decided to send notifications to anyone who has a Working With Children Check (WWCC) that is expiring in the next 6 months. Unfortunately, this has sometimes been sent to individuals before the reminder from this office which has caused some confusion regarding how and through what channels to complete the renewal. Please ensure that any reminders that are responded to are from the UCSA Screening Admin email: Turn on Javascript!. If new WWCC have been completed directly through DHS, then please advise through completing the Step 1 form found here: Screening – Safe Church ( The Synod Safe Church Screening team welcome requests from congregations to assist with bulk renewals for members who find using the online system and/or access to computers challenging. Please email Turn on Javascript! to reach the Synod team. 



2024 Uniting Foundation Grant Round

The 2024 Uniting Foundation Grant round is now open. Uniting Foundation and UC Invest are excited to be able to provide $1million of grant funding. A welcome video is available at this link: Uniting Foundation 2024 Grants ( The application form and eligibility criteria details are available on the Synod website page at this link: UCA SA - 2024 Grants.

Applications close 31st July 2024. For more information email Alice Hammer at Turn on Javascript!.





Creating Authentic Christian Communities Online

On Tuesday 30th July, the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) will host a second conversation about how churches can move beyond simply broadcasting their worship to more fully engaging people in Christian community and discipleship formation. Our hosts, Burnside City UC will share their online journey and tech setup. Dr Craig Mitchell will present recent research and approaches to being church online and face-to-face for discussion. 7.30-9.00pm. More information and registrations here




MediaCom Items to giveaway

MediaCom has a range of items to giveaway as gifts (nothing to pay), as follows:

Office: 2 Library Shelves, Office Chairs, Reception Chairs x 2.
Kitchen Items: Sunbeam Pizza Bake and Grill, Kambrook Turntable Microwave, Sunbeam Sandwich Maker.

Contact Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8371 1399. Pick-up only.




Grant Opportunities

Expand Together Grants 2024-25

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs has announced that applications for Multicultural Affairs’ (Department of the Premier and Cabinet) Expand Together Round 2 grants are now open.

These grants assist multicultural organisations to expand their capacity by upgrading community facilities or purchasing equipment to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Applications are open now and close 11pm, 31st August 2024.

Organisations are now able to apply for up to $100,000 for equipment or infrastructure, with co-contribution for applications above $50,000. Online application forms and guidelines are available at For more information, please contact the Multicultural Grants Team on 1300 239 468 or Turn on Javascript!

2024 Morialta Charitable Trust Grant

The 2024 Morialta Charitable Trust Grant is now open until 12th July 2024. Each year the Morialta Charitable Trust distributes approximately $500k in grants to organisations seeking to bring sustainable change to the lives of children and young people. Applications must be submitted electronically and more information is available at this link: 2024 Grants Application - open 3 June close 12 July - Morialta Charitable Trust (

HenderCare Foundation Grants

The Morialta Charitable Trust Grant is also administering the HenderCare Foundation Grants. The HenderCare Foundation Remote Communities Grant was established to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people living n remote communities. The HenderCare Foundation Disability Grant was also established for children and young people living with disability in South Australia where not all needs are covered by NDIS.

All applications should be submitted electronically at this link: 2024 Grants Application - open 3 June close 12 July - Morialta Charitable Trust (



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.





UnitingWorld End of Financial Year Appeal

UnitingWorld is committed to raising funds to support the life-changing work of its church partners in the Pacific, Asia and Africa and is currently running its End of Financial Year Appeal. More information and how to donate is available at this link: UnitingWorld EOFY Appeal.




Adelaide Women’s Prison Request

As part of the ongoing efforts to support and uplift the women at Adelaide Women’s Prison, Frances Bartholomeusz is organizing a special art project to celebrate NAIDOC Week. This year, they plan to facilitate a series of painting activities, including canvases, and healing circles, allowing the prisoners to express their creativity and cultural heritage.

To bring this vision to life, they need art supplies, specifically paints, and brushes. The paints can be acrylic or outdoor durable paints. They kindly ask if you could reach out to your church group to request donations for these materials. Any contribution, no matter how small, will make a significant difference and will help them to provide a meaningful and therapeutic experience for the women.

People contact Frances at Semaphore Uniting Church 146 Semaphore Road, Exeter, or call her on 0407687311, Email Turn on Javascript!




Open Garden Event

Rob and Carolyn are hosting an Open Garden event to support fundraising for The Corner Uniting Church, working closely with the community and diverse youth. Volunteers from The Corner are assisting this Open Gardens event with a barbecue, drinks, plants and gift stalls. All proceeds will be donated to their outreach programs.

A scenic garden trail has been created to locate icons across the one-acre garden and enjoy interactive displays, photo opportunities, garden art and detailed botanical information.

Garden Tours 11am and 2pm on 24th and 25th August, 2024. Enquiries to Carolyn 0439871465.




Friendship Club

The Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club meets at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon on the third Thursday of every month at 1.30 pm. There is community singing, jokes, a thought for the day and entertainment finishing with afternoon tea. On 18th July the entertainer will be ‘Jude’ singing some bright old favourites. Everyone welcome, donation $10. Enquiries to Pam on (08) 8443 8145.


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