News, Notices & Prayer points - 30th January 2024

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News & Notices – 30th January 2024

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 30th January 2024 edition of UC e-News

Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For those in the Synod office that have recently lost loved ones, may they be supported in their grief
  • For those accessing UnitingCare Emergency Relief Centres around the state, may they receive the care and support they need
  • For the crisis in the Middle East, we pray for peace.

 


 

 

40 Days of Faithful Action for God’s Creation – Lent Event

As we approach the season of Lent, a time of reflection and re-commitment to the way of Jesus, we are reminded that even the smallest steps can lead to powerful change. This year, Uniting World’s theme for Lent is: ’40 Days of Faithful Action for God’s Creation.’ Climate change is the biggest threat to the world. It is worsening and a threat to peace, security and human wellbeing in our world. It is a driver of poverty, food insecurity, conflict and forced migration. Every family and community Uniting World has helped to lift out of poverty in the past decades is at risk because of the impacts of climate change. For further information visit: UnitingWorld : Register.

 

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Effective Living Centre in 2024

The centre has a great program of events coming up this year including the new Progressive Christianity Forum (successor to Seminary of the Third Age) and a series on Readers and Writers, as well as old favourites such as Poets Corner, Social Issues and Wilkes Oration. For more information and to download the 2024 Program Brochure, please visit: EffectiveLivingCentre (ucasa.org.au)

The Effective Living Centre is a recognised Mission Centre of Uniting Church in SA. You can participate in their programs or support the work of the centre by becoming a Friend of ELC: Friends of ELC 2024 | Humanitix

 

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One Day Conference South Australian 2024 History Festival

The recently formed South Australian Church History Network (SACHN) invites you to register for their One Day Conference on 4th May 2024, as part of this year’s History Festival. The theme of the day is Paradise of Dissent Revisited. Papers of 20 minutes will be presented and will open up and examine areas in which churches and Christians influenced social and public life.

Early responses indicate that the event will be full of variety and interest and draw on most South Australian church traditions. Papers will explore the notion of SA as a ‘Paradise of Dissent’ and encourage further research and publication.

The SACHN involves historians from several Christian denominations (currently Anglican, Baptist, Salvation Army, Uniting Church) who are concerned with the recognition of SA religious history within the broader history of the state and within the religious history of Australia as a whole. Its aims are to increase awareness of the Christian presence in, and contribution to, SA life and history from 1836.

Those registering for the day will receive a detailed program including timetable and topics of papers. To find out more and to register contact the convenor of SACHN, Rev Dr Dean Eland at Turn on Javascript!.

The conference fee is $30 and the last date for registration is Monday 29th April. The conference will be held at The Church of the Trinity, (UCA) 318 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park. Generous onsite parking is available on the northern side of the church site.

 

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Parliamentary Inquiry into a Human Rights Act for SA

The 75th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, 2023 was heralded in South Australia with the Social Development Committee for the Parliament of SA announcing an inquiry into the Potential for a Human Rights Act for South Australia.

All people interested in the advancement of Human Rights are invited to lodge a submission to the Committee by Friday February 16th, 2024.

Organisations such as UnitingCare Wesley Bowden, Uniting Communities, UnitingSA and the South Australian Council of Social Services (SACOSS) have already signed up to progress this discussion in SA.

To lodge a submission or seek further information from the Social Development Committee, please go to https://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/committees/sdc.

If you wish to obtain more information from a Uniting Church in Australia SA perspective, please contact Mark Waters, Director, UnitingCare SA on Turn on Javascript! or on (08) 8236 4276.

 

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Worship Resourcing Days with Rev Dr Sunny Chen

The Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) will host New Testament scholar and Assembly Consultant Rev Dr Sunny Chen on Wednesday evening 7th and Thursday 8th February for two resourcing sessions for preachers and worship leaders. Dr Chen will focus on the Gospel of Mark and the book of Ephesians and he is an excellent, engaging speaker. The Thursday program will also feature new music, creative worship ideas, and space for worship planning. MediaCom resources will be available. Further details and how to book are available at this link: https://www.cmla.org.au/events/sunny-chen/

 

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Grant writing help wanted in UnitingCare SA

Are your circumstances changing in 2024? Have you thought about volunteering to assist those in need, but don’t see yourself working in a community Kitchen or outreach service? Do you have skills in writing grant applications or developing a sponsorship prospectus?

A rewarding opportunity exists to assist our Emergency Relief Centres in writing Grant Applications. If this sounds like something that you have the skills for (or would like to learn those skills), then please contact Helene Neilson, UnitingCare SA Support Officer at Turn on Javascript! or call (08) 8236 4256 in January 2024; alternative, please contact Mark Waters, Director, UnitingCare SA at Turn on Javascript! or call on 0417 834 938.

 

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Hungry No More

It is not easy for some people to seek help. Many of them have held off and stood back hoping that some other way could be found to deal with the last bill or the fact that they have had to make choices between their kids’ shoes or food on their table.

At Mount Barker Uniting Church, they are finding more and more people who are seeking help for the first time. They are coming across the threshold having to seek support.

And they are met with friendly, non-judgemental volunteers who make sure that their needs are respected, and their pantry gets a few more items in it to stretch out the cooking for the week.

Mount Barker is providing a food pantry for people on low incomes four times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). Low-cost quality meals are provided through the CK Café (Community Kitchen Café) on Wednesdays.

On Sundays, the Mount Barker Congregation runs ‘Hungry No More’ which offers a program where everyone is welcome. Sunday evenings their service is Alive@5 followed by T@6 for friends in the community where up to 60 people (many of them in need or socially isolated) share food.

Rev Haydn Lush, the Minister at Mount Barker says ‘by providing support services and friendship to people in need we are able to express God's love in action.’

These are the sorts of programs that community support through Pancake Day will help so that people in need get their pantry stocked.

Flip to make a difference this Lent!

 

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International Day of Disabled Persons – Video Series

The theme of the 2023 International Day of Disabled Persons was ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by persons with disabilities.’

The Synod Task Group (STG) into the Disability Royal Commission highlighted this day as a time where we can focus on making our congregations, services and offices more accessible, inclusive and fairer for people with disabilities.

The STG has produced a series of short videos to assist people in thinking about how they can be proactive in supporting people with disabilities. Bruce Ind, Chair of the STG, and one of its members Rev Peter McDonald have been instrumental in developing these videos. The emphasis in the videos is to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience comes through as well as the interests of carers and community organisations.

The videos are now available on the Synod website at this link: UCA SA - UnitingCare SA

More videos will follow in the coming weeks.

 

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Summary of Review of Missional Needs & Opportunities

In 2023 the Mission & Leadership Development Board (MLDB) commissioned AngelWings to conduct a review of the missional needs and opportunities in the SA Synod to inform their decisions on how to best fulfill their mandate over the next 5-10 years. That review is 38 pages, and was not intended to be a public document, as it contains information and recommendations pertaining to specific roles, programs, and personnel that may have implications for people’s positions. However there is much in it that is beneficial for the whole Synod, so the MLDB have prepared a summary which can be read here.

 

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Grant Opportunities

Celebrate Together Grants 2024-25

Online information session. Multicultural Grants Program 2024-25 currently has CELEBRATE Together funding open to support multicultural communities.

An online information session will be held on Wednesday 7th February 2024 from 5pm to 6.30pm. To register your interest, email your details to Turn on Javascript!.

The CELEBRATE Together grants assist multicultural organisations to host festivals and events to share their cultures, customs and traditions with all South Australians. There are two categories of grants available under Celebrate Together:

  • Large Grants from $5,001 to $30,000 are available for festivals and events that can be delivered within 12 months, commencing in July 2024.
  • Small Grants (Round 1) of up to $5,000 are available for festivals and events to be held between 1st July 2024 and 31st December 2024.

The online application form and Funding Guidelines are available now on the Multicultural Affairs website. Grants close 11pm, 24th March 2024.

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is pleased to advise that Environmental Grant applications are also currently open and will close on Friday 29th March 2024. The Environmental Grants Program encourages environmental project initiatives that will protect and enhance the sustainability and environment of the local area. More information  on how to apply and guidelines for project funding can be found here.

 

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COVID-19 Update

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information in regards to COVID-19 guidelines can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations. 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.

 

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New book release from MediaCom

MediaCom Education is pleased to announce the release of a new publication by Adelaide writer, Rev Dr John Littleton – experienced parish priest (retired) and Christian.

‘Learners Disciples Together: With and Beyond Church Communities.’ Littleton provides practical approaches on the learning and discipleship ministry of ninety-nine percent of Church members, everyday disciples, and parish leader disciples.

RRP: $21.95 + postage and handling. Order online. Phone: 08 8371 1399 or email: Turn on Javascript!

 

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Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (SERC)

SERC is now calling for submissions for the 2024 award. The award is given each year to a congregation that has done most to foster ecumenical relations within their local community and SERC is grateful to the Synod for the continued funding of the Award. Submissions can be made either in writing or electronically which should be received by the secretary, Don Hopgood 19 Ray Ave, Morphett Vale 5162. Turn on Javascript!. No later than April 30th 2024. Use words and pictures (if possible) to make clear what you have undertaken and the measure of your success.

 

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