News, Notices & Prayer points - 31 October 2018

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News & notices – 31 October 2018

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 31 October edition of UC e-News.


Prayer Points for the week

  • For the upcoming 15-17 November Presbytery and Synod meeting. That it will be a safe and respectful gathering where people feel loved and heard.
  • For Friday night’s #KidsOffNauru Prayer Vigil. That it may remind us and our leaders that followers of Jesus will not remain silent about the gross injustice committed against these children and their families.


Christmas Postcards and Posters

Christmas postcards and posters will be sent for printing Thursday Midday (1 November). If you order and approve your congregation’s postcard today you can still make the print deadline!

Any orders submitted after today will attract a surcharge as they won’t meet the bulk print deadline. Contact the Uniting Church SA communications and Events team direct on 8236 4230 or email via the communications email"> if you need further information.  

Orders that are submitted and proofed today can be placed online here.

Halloween: Good or Bad?

Halloween can sometimes cause confusion amongst Christians - is it something to avoid or is it not really all that bad? CoroUniting has put together some resources that will hopefully be helpful for parents as they think about their own Halloween approach with their children.

These resources were compiled from Grow Ministries, Scripture Union, Barnabas in Churches and more. It can be accessed on the CoroUniting website here.

Report of SA Council of Churches - Relationships, Renewal and Reform on the Ecumenical Journey

The South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) held their General Council Meeting and AGM on Saturday 27 October. A summary of the conversations are available on the SACC website. During that meeting a renewed call was put forward for all denominations to speak from one voice on public issues that may require input from ‘the church’. As such, the Council also sent out a special news edition calling for action by individuals and congregations in any church context regarding the Children off Nauru campaign.

The Council is also still accepting applications for an Ecumenical Facilitator/Executive Officer. Contact Melanie Rain for more information.

Last chance for Safe Church training in 2018

Saturday 3 November at Bridgewater Uniting Church a refresher from 9:30am – 12:30pm will be held for those who have previously participated in Child Safe Environments: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. There are a few spaces left so don’t delay in enrolling online

Called to Care Orientation session for key leaders of programs and members of Church Council is being held at Westbourne Park Uniting Church from 1:30pm to 4:30pm this Sunday 4 November. To register your intention to attend – please email"> with your names and from which congregation.

Code of Ethics refresher for Ministers and those in ministry placements is being held on Thursday 8 November at Spicer Uniting Church from 1:30pm till 4:30pm.  Booking and online payment or email"> to pay on the day.

Registrations open for Voices for Justice 2018

Micah Australia works with churches, Christian aid organisation and individuals to gather, inspire and empower Australian Christians as advocates, sharing God’s heart for justice and raising a powerful voice with, and for, people in poor communities around the world. The organisation will be holding a conference called Voices for Justice 2018 in Canberra on 1 to 4 December. Registrations are now open and can be made here.

Rockleigh Carols in the Bush

On Sunday 25 November Rockleigh Uniting Church will be hosting an evening of carols which includes a sausage sizzle. All donations and sales will be going towards the Rockleigh CFS Support Group, Cops for Kids and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Band of the South Australia Police along with the Murray Bridge Children’s Choir and Appealing Bells will be leading the carols. Entertainment starts at 6pm and everyone is reminded to bring a chair and a rug. For enquiries please call 8538 7060.

Right-side-up Christmas - Worship Resources for Advent and Christmas

The Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has released a brand-new festive resource book, available for purchase now in time for Advent.

This resource book is culturally appropriate for our time and place. Compiled from material written by local and interstate artists, this book is full of original worship resources on the theme of an Australian Christmas. Resources include songs, poems, advent candle lighting and ready-to-roll nativity.

Cost $20 (plus $5 postage and handling, or PDF delivery). For more information or to place and order, please email CMLA:">

Act for Peace Christmas Bowl resources

The Act for Peace Christmas Bowl resources are designed to be used by ministers or church leaders and include weekly worship resources which can be used to guide your service. The Christmas Bowl starts on Sunday, November 25 and runs for seven weeks through to Sunday, December 30. These resources can be downloaded here from week beginning 5 November to assist with planning Christmas services. Hard copies of the material will be arriving at churches. For all resource enquiries, please contact Act for Peace Supporter Relations team at"> or call them on 1800 025 101.



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.


Christmas service details

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

Service of Induction and Commissioning for Mission Resourcing – 1 November at 7pm

Rev Mark Shultz to be inducted to serve as the Team Leader of Mission Resourcing.

Rev Dr Paul Goh to be inducted to serve as Justice & CALD Multicultural & Cross Cultural CMC Officer in Mission Resourcing.

Siti Rogoimuri to be commissioned to serve as Covenanting and International Mission Officer in Mission Resourcing.

The service will be on Thursday 1 November at 7pm and will be held at the Uniting College (312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park).

Light refreshments will follow the service

Freedom Bells - Church Bells for Refugees

Churches around Australia are being invited to ring their bells 95 times on Fridays at midday until November 20 (International Children's Day) or until the children are brought off Nauru. 

This activity is being organised by Rural Australian's for Refugees (RAR).  RAR members Marie Selstrom and Jamie Kronborg can be contacted on by 0417 398 528 or 0409 912 967 or via">email.

For more information, please visit the Freedom Bells website.

#KidsOffNauru Prayer Vigil

The stories of the mental and emotional trauma experienced by the children who have been held in immigration detention on Nauru are harrowing.

Join us on Friday 2 November at 6:30pm as we come together with others from across Australia to lament and witness a better way for this children. This is an opportunity to unite as one to remind ourselves and our leaders that followers of Jesus will not remain silent about the gross injustice committed against these children and their families on Nauru.

The Adelaide Vigil will be held at Mary MacKillop Plaza (next to St Francis Xavier Cathedral, adjacent to Victoria Square). #KidsOffNauru is an initiative of Love Makes a Way.

 For more information, please contact Rev Sandy Boyce on 0409 283 004 or by">email.

Adelaide West Men’s Choir presents Singing by the Sea

Hosted by the Noarlunga Uniting Church, Adelaide West Men’s Choir will be performing a number of family-friendly and exciting songs. The concert will be held at 2pm on Sunday 18 November at Noarlunga Uniting Church (23 William Road, Christies Beach).

Tickets will be available at the door.

Admission: $12
Concession: $10
Children under 15: free

Craft Fair & Exhibition

Blackwood Community Classes presents Craft Fair & Exhibition. Held at Blackwood Uniting Church (266 Main Road, Blackwood) on Saturday 10 November from 9am – 4pm, the event will feature an Art & Craft Exhibition, handmade crafts and plants for sale, a Community Café, and more!

For more information contact Blackwood Uniting Church on 8278 7699 or visit their website.

Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction – information evening

Do you have a heart for accompanying others in their spiritual walk?

In a fast-paced and consumerist culture, people of all walks are hungering for a grounded spiritual journey. Spiritual direction is an ancient practice where through hospitable conversation, one person helps another discern and respond to God’s presence in the sacred stories of daily life. Grounded in the Christian tradition, Tabor’s Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction forms people for this ministry.

Everyone is invited to attend a session to learn more about earning a diploma in Spiritual Direction at Tabor College. Ministers, Pastors and other leaders may find this course of particular interest. The information evening will be held on Thursday 8 November 2018 from 7:30pm – 9pm held at Tabor (room 2), 181 Goodwood Road, Millswood.

RSVP no later than Monday 5 November.

For more information, please call (08) 8373 8777. To RSVP please">email Russell Bartlett.

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