News, Notices & Prayer points - 4 February 2020

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News & notices – 4 February 2020


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 4 February 2020 edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • A prayer of thanks for the past week’s rain.
  • For the continued recovery of those that had been impacted by this summer’s bushfires, and the floods brought by the rain.
  • For the continued fellowship of the Fijian UCA community during the Fijian National Conference.


2020 Code of Ethics Refreshers – Bookings now open

As it is now a requirement for all ministry agents ‘in active’ service to participate in a Code of Ethic Refresher annually, the dates for 2020 have been set. Each topic cycle will focus on a particular element of the Code of Ethics. As the new program commenced mid-2019 the next session will be on the same topic of Professionalism. 

  • Tuesday 3 March: Adelaide West Uniting Church, 9:00am – 12:00pm. 

New Topic Cycle:

  • Wednesday 24 June: Playford Uniting Church  1:30– 4:30pm
  • Thursday 12 November:  Morialta Uniting 9:30-12:30p

Ministry agents who are based in rural locations and unable to travel to Adelaide for these sessions will be offered an alternative.

The registration portal for bookings are now open so why not act now and lock the date into your diary.


Celebration of Life: Rev Kelvin Benn

Following the funeral of Rev Kelvin Benn on 13 January (see Pastoral Note here), his family will be holding a celebration of his life. This celebration will be held on Wednesday 12 February, 2:30pm at St Andrews by the Sea uniting Church, 92 Jetty Road, Glenelg.

All are invited to attend the celebration service as well as an afternoon tea afterwards in the Church Hall.

Anyone who wishes to send a recollection/reflection about Kelvin is most welcome to do so. An email can be sent to with the title containing “Kelvin Benn”. Please indicate whether or not you consent to the message being read at the service, recorded in a book, or both. 

For more information please contact David Benn (0407 261163) and Julie Welford (0409 202475).


National Day of Prayer and Fasting

An ecumenical event on Saturday 22 February, 10:00am-4:00pm, will be held at St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide.

The day at the Cathedral will be run as follows:
•     10am-12noon - Traditional style
•     12noon-2pm - Young adults leading - contemporary style
•     2pm-4pm - Youth leading - a little louder : )
Each 2 hour block will include 30 minutes worship, 30 minutes sharing and prayers, repeat.

Come for part of the day, or all day. 


Living Out The Way of Jesus: Practical Discipleship and Community Transformation

City Salvos, 277 Pirie Street Adelaide, is hosting a two-day workshop for church leaders with Mark Scandrette (USA), an internationally recognized expert in practical Christian spirituality. This workshop will take the invitation of Jesus to live life in all its fullness to a deeper level, through practical exercises, to help you to begin a different conversation in your community.

  • 10 - 11 March, 9:30am - 4:00pm.
  • $80 Per Participant (Includes Take Away Resources).
  • Book here


UnitingWorld Lent Event

This Lent, UnitingWorld is sharing stories from our partner, the Protestant Church of Maluku.They serve in Ambon, Indonesia, where unthinkable violence in 1999 left 5 000 dead and 70 000 homeless. Determined to forge harmony and stability in our region, we’ve been supporting the local church to run projects that bring Christians and Muslims together to build peace and end poverty. 

Be inspired by stories of peacebuilding and transformed lives, told through a weekly video series, Bible studies, prayers and reflections. Download them here to inspire your church community in the lead-up to Lent. Here is a trailer to show you what to expect.


Ministry Agent with focus on Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

Chermside Kedron Community Church (CKCC) in Queensland has a vacant position for a ministry agent. CKCC is a stable congregation situated on Brisbane’s north side at Chermside, which has been identified as a significant urban hub. CKCC’s membership represents a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds.

The successful applicant will support the mission of CKCC with a particular focus on ministry with children, youth, young adults and families as well as working within the ministry leadership team to help lead the wider congregation in worship, discipleship and service.

For a congregational profile and full PD contact Rev Harlee Cooper, Chair of CKCC JNC by email (, or email your application to by COB 28 February 2020.



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


Around the Table: Conversations with the President

The President of the Uniting Church Assembly Dr Deidre Palmer invites young adults aged 18-30 years to join her in a conversation about living out the gospel of Christ, joys, hopes and concerns about the world and society, and thoughts about how we as a church could respond.

Thursday 27 February, Rosefield Uniting Church, 6:30pm–9:00pm.

A light meal will be served, please advise any dietary requirements.


The Takeover on 1079 Life is looking for Youth Groups

Adelaide Christian radio station 1079 Life is in the process of rostering different youth groups to be featured on the program The Takeover for the first quarter of 2020. The program is particularly popular with youth aged 12 to 25 years, and involves the broadcaster visiting the youth group for live interviews and commentary.

If your youth group would like to be involved please contact Mary-Anne ‘Maz’ Maio, host and producer of The Takeover, on 8444 5433 or


Reconciliation SA 2020 Apology Breakfast

This annual breakfast is held to honour the survivors of the Stolen Generations and to inform the wider community about historical and current matters relating to the Stolen Generations. Reconciliation SA will seat as many Survivors as possible for free at the Reconciliation SA 2020 Apology Breakfast on Thursday 13 February.  Individual tickets cost $80 (Reconciliation SA Members $65) and a table of 12 costs $960 (Members $780). If you would like to share a UCA table, please contact Tarlee Leondaris on 0402347957.  A Stolen Generation Survivor seat can also be sponsored for $80.

Register here.



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