News, Notices & Prayer points - 4 August 2020

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News & Notices – 4 August 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 4 August edition of UC e-News

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Prayer Points for the week

  • Our Church's community service agencies, particularly in aged care, as they respond to the new wave of COVID-19 cases in Victoria. This prayer for people in lockdown areas was written by Assembly theologian-in-residence Rev Dr Ji Zhang.
  • For all leaders and officials who are making vital decisions and who are under such enormous pressure. May God guide their hand so that they make decisions based on both truth and love.
  • Congregations and Church Councils who are making decisions that will affect so many of your people and their fellowship together. May God give them wisdom on how to best listen to governing authorities and to respect the directions that are given, while still caring for one another.

COVID-19 Update

Last week the South Australian Premier placed a cap on weddings and funerals of 100 which came into effect on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020.

Further information from the State Government has now been received advising that this cap does not apply to church services at the present time.

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A Light of Peace

A Light of Peace prayer campaign is one of the international mission activities which everyone can be involved in. This is a global prayer campaign that encourages us all to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula. It commenced on March 1st, 2020 and concludes on August 15th, 2020.

During the campaign and beyond all Christians are encouraged to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Mission Resourcing of the SA Synod will be facilitating an online prayer vigil for A Light of Peace. This will be available on the Synod of SA Facebook page on August 15th, 2020.

To read prayers for Korea and to learn more about A Light of Peace please visit https://www.oikoumene.org/en/get-involved/light-of-peace/light-of-peace

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Through Their Eyes - Safe Environments: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Uniting Venues SA are hosting two training opportunities for the Through their Eyes - Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect at Nunyara. Both are open to additional attendees. Bookings and payment are required before the training day. Full day Monday 10th August, Refresher Wednesday 12th August. See https://sa.uca.org.au/safechurch/training-courses/training-dates for booking links and more details.

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Interfaith Forum

The Interfaith Forum will explore the concept of ‘othering’ and our role towards dreaming, interacting and constructing ways to create ‘togetherness.’

Discussion and Meal (provided and served by COVID-19 compliant/trained chef and volunteers) Physical distancing applies.

Host: Liellie McLaughlin

At Hope’s Café, corner of Norwood Parade and Portrush Road

26 August, 5.45pm for 6pm start

Registration essential: maximum 20 people.

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP ASAP: liellie@ozemail.com or phone: 0437 794 410

Distributed by Pilgrim Church Community Connections.

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Writers wanted for new Lay Leaders Resource

MediaCom Education is launching a brand new Lay Leaders resource in Year B (29 November). MediaCom Education is seeking expressions of interest from interested writers to write monthly blocks. If this is something you, or someone you know might be interested in, email btaylor@mediacom.org.au to find out more.

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Children’s Ministry Coordinator – Pilgrim UC

Pilgrim Uniting Church is seeking to recruit a Children’s Ministry Coordinator. The position is a casual appointment and the successful applicant will be expected to work the hours required to plan and lead Sunday School each Sunday morning, and other children’s ministry-related activities.

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Pilgrim ministry team to develop and implement programs for children that will provide a teaching and pastoral ministry that nurtures children’s exploration and discovery of the Christian faith.

Applications close on Friday 14 August 2020, by 5.00 pm. The Position Description and Person Specification for this role is available here: https://sa.uca.org.au/uc-positions-vacant/current-positions/childrens-ministry-coordinator-prilgrim-uc

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Exciting opportunity in Innovative Ministry (VIC)

An exciting opportunity exists to join a new team in northern and central Victoria. This is an innovative approach to ministry adopted by the Presbytery of Loddon Mallee. The newly created team will consist of full-time ministries in Pastoral and Mission Development and part-time (0.4) in Intergenerational Ministry. The team will serve the areas of Swan Hill, Kerang, Moulamein, Murrabit, Cohuna, and Pyramid Hill.

The Presbytery is seeking people who have a heart for the country and who would be excited about working in a team to help large and small congregations develop their worshipping life, in their mission to their communities and in their intergenerational ministries. A Profile will be provided upon request.

Contact: Rev Siotame Paletu’ at 0408 996 255 or Rev Rose Broadstock 0416 805 022

Enquiries should be emailed to: The Secretary, Presbytery of Loddon Mallee, lmucapresbytery@gmail.com

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For Sale: New Interpreters Bible (NIB)

For Sale: New Interpreters Bible (NIB) 12 Volume Bible commentary set in good condition $350. Contact: Ken Burt (kenjburt@netspace.net)

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If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’ The items below will keep you updated.

NYALC cancelled

The National Young Adult Leader Conference (NYALC) which was due to be held in January 2021 has been cancelled. NYALC draws key young adult leaders from across Australia from many diverse cultural groups from within the Uniting Church in Australia. The Conference aims to encourage, bless, grow and empower UCA young adult leaders in their ministry and faith.

Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer wrote a letter to advise that due to COVID-19, the volatility of our current health situation in Australia and the necessary community safety measures, the Assembly is cancelling the Young Adult Leaders Conference. The President announced that she would be hosting a series of seven online ‘roundtable’ gatherings in the next six months. If you are a young adult or are involved in encouraging young adults in church life, you can sign up by emailing Deidre at president@nat.uca.org.au">president@nat.uca.org.au. Read the letter regarding the cancellation of NYALC here.

Intergen Team’s new blog

The Intergen Team of SA Synod is launching a blog about following Jesus in everyday life. The team hope to blog once a week with a reflection, a resource or a book review as well as offering links to the great stuff that others are also producing. If there is anything in particular you’d like to hear about or a story you’d like to share about how you are encouraging young people to follow Jesus please let us know. Find the blog here: https://intergenteam.ucasa.org.au/

Highbury Street Fund - Applications for Grant Funding open!

The Highbury Street Fund supports leadership development among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) worshipping communities through education and training.

Applications are called from CALD worshipping communities within the Uniting Church in SA for funding for leadership development grants.

Residents of SA of any age or diverse ethnic background with leadership roles within the Uniting Church are encouraged to apply. Application information is available here: https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/CALD/Highbury-Street-Fund-Promo-2020.pdf

Applications to reach Mission Resourcing by 31st August, 2020. Applications are available at https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/multicultural/CALD-Highbury-St-Application-Form.pdf

Further information is available from Bev Freeman – bfreeman@sa.uca.org.au or phone 8236 4243

Recording existing Working with Children’s Check

Do you have leaders on your records who obtained their Working with Children Check via another organisation? So we can register them as associated with the Uniting Church, please have them complete the ‘Step One’ form: https://sa.uca.org.au/safechurch/screening. All 'appointed leaders' must have a WWCC and other checks as required - see the Duty of Care policy for more details.

CMLA Newsletter

The latest newsletter of the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) can be read here.

Engage Together - intergenerational worship resource ideas for Aug-Sept

Want to know how to shape intergenerational worship? Then this is the resource for you!

Edited and updated from 2017, to assist and inspire churches to adapt elements of a worship liturgy (such as call to worship, prayers, music and Bible readings) to be more intergenerational during the season after Pentecost (Aug - Sept 2020). Whilst based on Lectionary readings, the ideas can be adapted to suit any Bible/theme focus.

Written and produced in partnership across three Uniting Church Synods, including SA’s Intergenerational Team. Find out more here: https://sa.uca.org.au/intergen/church-resources/all-age-worship/


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