News, Notices & Prayer points - 3 November 2020

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News & Notices – 3 November 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 3 November edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week

  • The victims of the terrorist attacks in Nice, France, their families and the people of France
  • As NAIDOC Week comes to a close, help us to listen to respect and appreciate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal people. Thank you for opportunities all around us to learn the ways of our nation’s first peoples, which are precious and important to all life in this country
  • For all congregations who are starting to plan for their Christmas events, we pray for God to assist them as they make their preparations.

Rural Communities Grant

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and designed to be able to help communities address different needs and opportunities.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. A broad range of charitable projects are considered under this program, including:

  • Delivering or providing activities, events, programs and services
  • Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials
  • Community infrastructure projects
  • Organisational capacity building
  • Community resource development.

There are two funding streams: Small and Vital (up to $10,000) and Bushfire Recovery (up to $25,000). Program guidelines and timelines can be found here:

For more information, contact: Malcolm Wilson (Grants and Historical Records Officer) at or call (08) 8236 4206.



COVID – Intergenerational Ministry Grants 2020

The Intergen Team (Mission Resourcing, Synod of SA) is inviting applications for grants to encourage and resource age-specific and intergenerational ministries with children, youth and young adults to flourish as we move into 2021.

It is hoped that this grant process will create opportunities for local ministries to be thinking ‘outside the box’ about how they are forming young people to follow Jesus resiliently in everyday life; and how they are looking to share the message of Jesus beyond their church and with young people in the wider community.

For more information about key criteria and the application process, please download the application form:

Applications close 5pm Monday 23rd November 2020.


2021 Calendar and Christmas Postcard – orders close in 6 days!

Orders for the 2021 Uniting Church in SA Calendar and Christmas Postcard are still open. This year, only online orders will be accepted, please click here to be taken to the Calendar online ordering page. All details relating to this year’s Christmas Postcard, including how to order are available at the following link:,

Orders close on Monday 9th November at 5pm. For more information, please contact the Engagement team on



Christmas service details

All congregations and faith communities are invited to share their Christmas service and event details on the Synod of SA website ( Please list the service dates, times, locations and titles (e.g. Blue Christmas, Carols Service etc.) and email them to the Engagement team at engagement



Operation Santa: Calling all youth groups!

Join us as we shop, shop, shop to buy presents for young people doing it tough this Christmas.

The Operation Santa Youth Event is an opportunity for youth groups to start the conversation around disadvantage and the gift of giving through the work of UnitingCare community service organisations.

Friday 27th November from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Target Centrepoint (parking available).

Please let Julianne ( or on 8236 4233 know that you are coming. For more information visit:



Oral History Project 2021

The UC SA Historical Society is planning to add to its historical records through an oral history project. Oral history uses interviews to record memories and stories and make them accessible. Volunteers are needed as interviewers or to be interviewed. Let us know of your interest or questions by contacting the History Centre Wednesdays 1.00pm to 4.00pm on 8297 8472 or email us at


Training Aboriginal Christian Leaders (TACL) Morning Tea

During NAIDOC Week 2020, you are invited to attend a morning of networking with Christian leaders and to learn about TACLs ministry.

Friday 13th November, 10.30am at Uniting College for Leadership and Theology (312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park).

RSVP required to Ian Dempster on 0417 217 320 or email

Uncle Nelson Varcoe’s new song-book and CD Gift of Music will be available for purchase at the event for the special price of $15 (RRP $29.95).

The invitation can be downloaded here.



NAIDOC Week 2020: 8-15 November

The Uniting Church website is hosting stories and worship resources that celebrate First Peoples' God-given relationship with the land for a rescheduled NAIDOC Week. Dr Deidre Palmer and Rev Mark Kickett have recorded a special encouragement to UCA members to mark this important week.

Read more here



November Refugee Advocacy Guide

In response to issues raised by the Commonwealth Ombudsman concerning on-shore immigration detention, a two-page Refugee Advocacy Guide has been put together for supporters' letter-writing actions. The November Refugee Advocacy Guide can be downloaded here.



Called by God Webinar – Part 2

On Saturday 3rd October 2020, President Dr Deidre Palmer hosted a three-part webinar to introduce the themes of her 2021 President's Conference, Called by God - Living our Christian vocation in daily life. The second vodcast of the three sessions can be viewed here: The video is available with closed captions in English for greater accessibility.

This second part of three sessions includes the call stories of Rev Mark Kickett, Rev Alistair Macrae, Rhanee Tsetsakos, Rev Radhika Sukumar-White, Rev Charissa Suli and Catherine Pepper.

The Called by God President's Conference is scheduled to take place in Adelaide from Thursday 29th April until 2nd May 2021.


L3 - Lay Leaders' Liturgy

MediaCom Education along with some talented writers are soon to release a brand-new worship planning resource, L3 Lay Leaders' Liturgy. This resource uses simple language and has been produced to assist time-poor, lay leaders with weekly planning material that follows the Revised Common Lectionary.

Material includes: scripture summaries, Call to Worship, Acknowledgment of Country, creative worship ideas, Word of the Day, ideas for reflection, Children's talks, Music suggestions, Closing Prayers, and a variety of other prayers and special service inclusions for special days of the liturgical calendar.

This week, MediaCom will release the Advent Christmas Epiphany 2020-2021 resource (29th Nov 2020 to 14th Feb 2021). Available in both print and online form from the following website:

Contact MediaCom Education for further details on (08) 8371 1399 or email


Community Connections Lunch, now known as RAW- Hope

This fortnightly lunch gathering is assisted by Flinders University Social Work students and includes conversations with diverse groups of locals, new arrivals and ex-refugees.

All welcome. Bring a friend, a smile and a story. Tuesday 10th November, 12 - 2pm at Hope's Cafe (corner Portrush Rd and The Parade Norwood).

Registrations are essential. Contact Liellie at 0437 794 410. Covid protocols apply. Gold coin donation.


If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’

Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 27 October 2020, which includes updates about:


  • COVID-19 Guidelines for Uniting Church congregations
  • Closing Service of Littlehampton Uniting Church
  • Called by God Webinar – Part 1
  • Everything in Common pack
  • Prayer Workshops

Check out last week’s UC eNews to keep you updated.

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