News, Notices & Prayer points - 4 May 2021

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News & Notices – 4 May 2021

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


Prayer Points for the week:

We pray:

  • For India as it responds to the COVID-19 crisis, for those who are mourning loss of life, those responding on the frontline, and those delivering urgent aid and support
  • For people seeking asylum and safety in Australia who remain trapped in an unjust system
  • For all people, as we continue to come to terms with the on-going impacts of the worldwide pandemic.



Disaster and Recovery Ministries SA Chaplaincy Training

The next 2-day training opportunity for volunteer chaplains will be held on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June at Seacliff Uniting Church. Chaplains are trained to provide pastoral and spiritual support to those affected by disasters in the wider community as part of the State Emergency Management Plan. Further information is available at:

To book please visit:




National Redress: Two Years On

It has been two years since the Uniting Church in Australia joined the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme (NRS) for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Almost 4000 Uniting Church institutions, including congregations, schools and agencies, now participate in the NRS. A report back on the Uniting Church’s participation in the National Redress Scheme across the whole of the Church is available at this link:




CALD and Intercultural Ministry Online Survey 2021

This survey will inform a project which aims to resource Congregations/Presbyteries/ Agencies/Synod in shaping Action Plans for the Church as it continues to be a multicultural and cross-cultural Church with three identified foci of Synod Strategic Priorities 2021-2025: 

  • Understand Who We Are as UCA
  • Create Local Connections
  • Support Ministries on the Margins.

The survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes to complete and you can access further information and the survey at this link.




PreachFest – South Australian Hub

PreachFest is a 3-day festival created to inspire and enliven the craft, art and vocation of preaching across Australia and the Uniting College will become an SA hub for this event.

From the 1st – 3rd June 2021, you can attend Preachfest at the College with tickets available from:

3-day tickets are $25 pp and single day tickets are $10 pp (morning and afternoon refreshments are included).

For more information download the flyer at this link or email or phone (08) 8236 4265.

More information is also available at this link:




2021 Break The Silence Sunday (BTSS)

At the Special South Australian Synod meeting held on 9 February, 2019, it was agreed to adopt the fourth Sunday of April every year (or another suitable Sunday) for ‘Break The Silence Sunday’ (BTSS). Congregations are encouraged to explore, within the context of worship, how the voice of survivors from gender-based violence may be heard, honoured, and their pain acknowledged. As the date for this year, 25 April, fell on ANZAC Day, it is suggested the 16th May be an alternate BTSS date. A video will be prepared and uploaded closer to the May date and will be available on the Synod YouTube channel for your use in congregations and groups. In the meantime, you might start preparing the service with the 2021 BTSS Worship Guide which is available at this link.

For further information, visit:




With Love to the World Mobile App

With Love to the World: A Daily Bible Reading Guide, first published in 1976, is now available as a mobile app that includes access to the daily biblical texts and commentary in an easy-to-use format. To subscribe, visit the App Store: or Google Play Store: and search ‘With Love to the World.’




Children’s Art Activity

What should our neighbourhood look like? This year in Child Protection Week (5-11 September) we will be talking about the need to treat all of Australia’s children fairly, by making sure that every neighbourhood has what kids need to thrive and be healthy.

NAPCAN is looking for art-works to show what children and young people think about their neighbourhoods. These will then be used in this year’s campaign to help show that protecting children is about working together as a community. Visit the NAPCAN website where you can download the Children's Art Activity flyer.

Art-works need to be submitted by May 5th.




White Pages Directory – Metropolitan Edition

Metropolitan congregations are asked to check that their current listing in the White Pages Directory is up-to-date. For enquiries or changes, please either call Chris on (08) 8236 4200 or email changes to




Winter Retreat, 18-19 June, Nunyara

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts is holding a Creative Winter Retreat for artists in June. A time for creative community, writers, visual and performing artists to be tucked away in the Adelaide Hills to practise your craft and to be inspired. Reconnect with your inner artist and be spiritually nurtured in this retreat. You have the option of a full overnight retreat, commencing Friday evening, or a day-only retreat from 9.00am-5.00pm on Saturday. Sean Gilbert and Sharonne Price will be leading the retreat. For speaker bios, program and registration information visit




Invigor8 Children, Youth and Family Ministry Conference

On Saturday, 22nd May from 9.30 am – 4.00 pm, join a hub near you for a fantastic day of training and networking across denominations, featuring top speakers and electives. Brought to you by Children’s Ministry Network SA in cooperation with ‘Amplify’ Conference, Queensland. Tickets are $15. Register by Monday, 17th May. For more information, including hub locations visit:




SA History Festival – Pilgrim Uniting Church Archive Guided Tours

Hidden behind stone walls in Flinders Street, is a long-forgotten history and a present-day wonder, the Pilgrim Uniting Church. The church sprung from the colony of South Australia’s early beginnings in 1837. Guided tours in May are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. Please book by phoning (08) 8212 3295 or email An archived history exhibition is open Monday to Friday 12.00 – 2.00 pm and Sunday services.




Safe Church Training

A full day ‘Though their Eyes – Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect’ is being offered on Saturday, 29th May at Playford Uniting Church. For more details and how to book visit:




Music on Flinders – Summer Series

Monday 10th May from 12.30 – 1.00 pm, Pilgrim Uniting Church forecourt. Spring into toe-tapping Music on Flinders for lunch time out, with artists using full audio performing under the trees. Dusty Fox Emoji is a three piece original experimental rock band headed by Adelaide guitarist Joseph Hannah. Joseph is well-known as a soloist who specialises in captivating instrumental acoustic arrangements of popular songs including blues, jazz, classical and blue-grass.




Choral Evensong Service – Pilgrim Uniting Church

Choral Evensong (Music for Service) with the Choir of Pilgrim Church, one of Adelaide’s finest choirs, directed by Peter Kelsall and accompanied by organist Christopher Bridge. The presiding Minister will be Rev Dr Greg Elsdon. The Service setting is the B minor Service of T.T. Noble 1867-1953 and the Anthem: O Thou, the central orb Charles Wood 1866-1926. Free event, all welcome.




Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 27 April 2021, which includes updates about:

  • Disaster and Recovery Ministries SA Chaplaincy Training
  • National Redress: Two Years On
  • CALD and Intercultural Ministry Online Survey 2021
  • PreachFest
  • 2021 Break The Silence Sunday (BTSS)
  • Multicultural Grants Program 2021-22
  • Uluru Statement and First Nations Voice to Parliament
  • With Love to the World Mobile App
  • Children’s Art Activity
  • White Pages Directory – Metropolitan Edition
  • Interfaith Matters Forum
  • Winter Retreat, 18-19 June, Nunyara
  • RAW – Hope Lunch – Random Acts of Welcome
  • Invigor8 Children, Youth and Family Ministry Conference
  • Music on Flinders – Summer Series

Check out last week’s UC eNews to keep you updated.


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