News, Notices & Prayer points - 6 October 2020

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News & Notices – 6 October 2020

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for the Tuesday 6 October edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points for the week

  • All those who are responding to God's call by living out their Christian vocation in their lives
  • For Mental Health Month (1st – 31st October 2020), we pray for people whose lives are challenged by mental illness and brain disorders. We pray for the families of people living with serious mental health issues who often feel overwhelmed and isolated by many challenges.



Synod of SA Strategic Plan Survey results

We thank all of those that responded to our recent Strategic Plan Survey and are pleased to provide a summary of the results which can be downloaded here.

For those respondents to the survey that wished to be contacted for a further conversation, we invite you to email if you would like to provide further commentary. Over the coming months we will be compiling all of the feedback as we seek to identify and understand the key themes that will form the basis of the next Synod of South Australia Strategic Plan.

For more information, visit:




New Times Update


The October/November edition of New Times will be the last edition for this year and will be available online by Thursday, 8th October. Distribution via post and courier will commence week beginning 12th October. This special expanded 28-page issue takes an in-depth look at the many and diverse voices of the Uniting Church, including updates from the three Presbyteries. From 8th October you can download a copy at:

To make contact with the Engagement Team and to share your stories, reflections and messages email We would love to share your stories through New Times Online and social media. Our next print edition will be February/March 2021.




Second Giant Jumble Sale at Summertown Uniting Church

Second Big Saturday – new stock added: 10th October, 9 am – Noon.

Summertown Uniting Church (Corner Greenhill Road and Bonython Road, Summertown 5141).

Furniture, collectables, Men's Shed, garden and homewares, craft, books, games, puzzles, records, DVD's, clothing and much more.

See Facebook, Giant Jumble Sale - Summertown Uniting Church for a sneak peek of items for sale. Everything must go!




Return of Music on Flinders - spring series

Pilgrim Church in the city has a dynamic music program for spring starting next Monday and entitled Music on Flinders. The program is sponsored by the church and brings together musicians of all types to entertain the public. Music on Flinders is free and open to city workers, residents, shoppers, Adelaide visitors, fans of the artists and anyone who would like to have a welcome lunch-time break.

Enjoy Fergus Maximus on Monday 12th October – that bloke with his headphones on long after the playlist has finished. He is completely oblivious because there is always music in his head! His pop songs encompass all things – love, loss, mistakes, surprises and people’s astonishing capacity to miscommunicate. Fergus will take you on a journey through life with his engaging, melodic storytelling style.

Monday 12th October, 12:30 - 1 pm at Pilgrim Uniting Church forecourt (12 Flinders St, Adelaide).




SACC Churches Together in Local Ecumenism: Gospel of Mark, the Quest for Home

The South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) ‘Churches Together in Local Ecumenism’ presents: Gospel of Mark, the Quest for Home with Rev Dr Michael Trainor.

Rev Trainor will lead participants through an exploration and conversation as we enter into the Lectionary year of Mark (Year B).

In this changing time, community leaders continue in their roles in new ways of leading church, sharing in theology and teaching the Gospel truths.

As Advent approaches and we look to the Lectionary Year B Gospel of Mark and in our preparation for the coming year, reflecting on the year that has been, the Gospel of Mark takes us back to the very centre of being a Christian community. Seeking belonging, family, and home.

In the quest for home, Michael Trainor unfolds how one Christian community addressed the desire for home. He offers a way of reading Mark's Gospel from the perspective of house and household. This perspective provides both the architecture and theological context for a fresh reading of the Gospel. The wisdom gleaned from Mark's Gospel community encourages us in our struggle to develop authentic Christian communities.

The flyer can be downloaded here, and the event is available either face- to-face or via online streaming (YouTube).




Community Connections Community Lunch, (RAW Hope)

Random Acts of Welcome (RAW) is a fortnightly lunch gathering assisted by Flinders University Social Work students. Conversations with diverse group of locals, new arrivals, ex-refugees. All welcome.

Bring a friend, a smile and a story.

Registrations essential. Contact Liellie at 0437 794 410. COVID-19 protocols apply. Gold coin donation.

Tuesday 13th October, 12 - 2pm at Hope's Café (cnr Portrush Road and The Parade, Norwood).




If you didn’t get to read the last ‘News & Notices?’

Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 29 September 2020, which includes updates about:


  • Synod Standing Committee Update
  • Anti-Poverty Sunday 11th October 2020
  • CCI Membership Savings
  • Notice from Sally Stamp
  • Advent 2020 - Engage Together - intergenerational worship resource ideas
  • 2-day training for Disaster and Recovery Ministry SA
  • New dates for NYALC Online
  • Intercultural retreat seminar – VicTas Synod
  • Giant Jumble Sale at Summertown Uniting Church
  • Photographs and Watercolours by Bob Landt

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



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