News, Notices & Prayer points - 31 August 2021

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News & Notices – 31 August 2021

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 31st August edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week:

We pray:

  • For all communities coming to terms with COVID-19 and for those that have become isolated and separated from family and friends during on-going lockdowns
  • We pray for the Australian Government that it acts urgently, swiftly and compassionately and with leadership in responding to the crisis in Afghanistan
  • We continue to pray for the people of Afghanistan and for the safety of all in the region at this time.



Synod Expos Update

Rev Canon Dave Male was interviewed last Thursday and this interview forms the keynote address for the forthcoming Synod Expos. Dave also recorded an invitation for all to come along to the Synod Expos. To view Dave's video; and to download details of the Adelaide West Synod Expo day format; plus a list of FAQs - please go to this link:




Suicide Awareness – World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th

The Synod Working Group on ‘Suicide: No Secret’ campaign has produced a banner which invites passers-by to tie a ribbon in memory of someone lost to suicide. If your church would like a banner kit (includes banner, ribbons, ribbon holder) please contact Scots Church Adelaide on (08) 8223 1505.




The Church in the Digital Age

Running from March 2021 until November 2022, the Assembly Standing Committee has formed the Church In the Digital Age Task Group to identify the critical theological, pastoral and practical issues related to the worship, witness and service of the Uniting Church in Australia raised by the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. In response the Task group are asking for short submissions (100-200 words) detailing how you or your community are or have engaged digital/online ministry. What about that engagement excited you, what surprised you? What has shaped your broader thinking about church? Read and download the invitation to engage with the Task Group here




Red Dove Cafe

Due to the cancellation of the Royal Adelaide Show there will be no Red Dove Café this year for the second year in a row. This means that fundraising in the vicinity of $90,000 over the past two years for mission within the Synod of SA, has not been possible.

This vital ministry of the church has, in the past supported Uniting Church chaplains working in the areas of mental health, disability and prisons, as well as supporting UnitingCare agencies, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Uniting College for Theology and Leadership, Experience Café, migrant and refugee ministries, as well as Frontier Services.

This year, the Uniting Church Fellowship and Mission Support Committee invite congregations to hold a Red Dove Sunday on 5th and 12th September 2021 as a fundraiser for this on-going work. Congregations could have a special morning tea, retiring offering or simply make a donation.

For more information please contact Janet Woodward, UC Fellowship and Mission Support (UCFAMS) 0432271757.




Advanced Christian Leadership with Craig Bailey

This 6-week course focuses on engaging with change in a pastoral context. ‘It is designed for leaders, lay or ordained, those in ministry or preparing for ministry, who are serious about seeing real and sustained change in a congregation or community of faith’ said Craig Bailey.

This course will commence on 22nd September and will run every Wednesday from 5.30pm-7.30pm (for credit or audit).

For further information please contact Craig Bailey on 0884168429 or email




Bloom Event for Teen Girls

Bloom is a free event for teen girls (aged 13-18 years) and the women who care for them. This event is designed to encourage and empower girls to know that they are beautiful, worthy and enough.

The Keynote speaker is Anna Doecke – a Christian counsellor and speaker with over 15 years’ experience working with adults and young people. She is a skilled presenter who will be delivering a strong, clear message on topics including identity, authenticity and relationships. Bindy Taylor is a business leader, teen mentor and Mum and she will be speaking about the importance of emotions and having a positive mindset.

Attendees will receive a small gift bag including a journal and light afternoon tea will be provided. Cheltenham Community Centre (62 Stroud Street North, Cheltenham) – 4th September from 1pm to 4pm – only 100 places available. Please register on Eventbrite. Brought to you by Good for Nothing Ministries, follow on Instagram and Facebook:




National Church Life Survey 2021

If you have been planning to register your church for the 2021 National Church Life Survey (NCLS) but haven’t got around to it – now is the time to register!

The NCLS provides invaluable resources for churches. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! It only takes 3 minutes to sign up; Sign up closes 14th September and Online or Paper surveys are available (including Children’s Surveys). Register now at




Season of Creation Event

You are invited to attend an Ecumenical event to celebrate the Season of Creation on Wednesday 1st September in Gladys Elphick Park. Hosted by Churches Together SA in collaboration with Catholic Council for Integral Ecology. The theme is Earth as God’s Home for All: Hospitality & Habitat. The Full invitation and how to register can be found here.




Season of Creation 2021 Worship Guide available now

A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God. Amid crises that have shaken our world, the global Christian family was awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other during the ecumenical Season of Creation. During the 2021 Season of Creation, from 1st September through 4th October, thousands of Christians on six continents will get together for a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, and to discover radically new ways of living with creation. The full guide and resources are available to download here. A full liturgy outline, sermon reflections and an adaptable Powerpoint slideshow for each week are available for download here.




Sally Stamp – UCA Stamp Group Update

Thanks to all churches, businesses and friends around South Australia for saving their stamps and donating their collections. We have continued through COVID to earn money to pay the freight for South Pacific School Aid Inc. to send used school-books and aids to Pacific Islands, also to Africa. Please continue to save stamps and send them to the Church Office, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000 or contact Maxine on 0427972417 for pick up in the metropolitan area.




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