News, Notices & Prayer points - 7th May 2024

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News & Notices – 7th May 2024

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 7th May 2024 edition of UC e-News

Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For those who are grieving or facing difficult circumstances, that they may find hope and comfort
  • For fair trade workers around the world, that they may be empowered with fair wages, safe working conditions, and opportunities for growth and development
  • For the people of Gaza, who have endured, and continue to endure so much, may we pray for them and for a speedy end to all wars, especially those in the Middle East.




Safe Church training opportunities

Through their Eyes (formerly known as Mandatory Reporting) is being offered for individuals who are seeking to understand their legal obligation for reporting concerns when a child is or may be at risk of harm. The full day session is designed for anyone who hasn’t participated before or it’s been more than 4 years since they last participated in this training. The ½ day refresher is for those to keep their knowledge fresh. It is recommended that this should be done every 3-4years. Several dates are now becoming available with bookings now open. Full day cost $30, ½ Day Refresher $25.00. Full day and Refresher Saturday 18th May at Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park.

Called to Care This is the Uniting Church awareness 3-hour session about safeguarding practices and responsibilities. Church Council members and leaders are invited and encouraged to participate in these sessions. Pre attendance booking is required for this free session: Sunday 5th May at Rosefield UC Highgate; Saturday 15th June at Henley Fulham UC, Fulham Gardens.

To see dates listed on the Safe Church Events Calendar please go to:




The Annual General Meeting of the Uniting Church South Australia Historical Society

The 2024 AGM of the UC SA Historical Society will be held on Sunday, 23rd June the day after the UCAs 47th anniversary. Meeting at the Unley Uniting Church the formal session at 2.00pm will receive the annual report and elect Council members.

Highlights for the year include support from Genealogy SA in scanning records, agreement to upgrade property to increase storage capacity, grants for publications and support to the SA Church History Network for their 4th May conference day, Paradise of Dissent Revisited.

At 2.30 three former SA Synod Moderators will share their insights on their time in office:  Dr Don Hopgood (1997-1999), Dr Deidre Palmer (2013-16) and Rev Sue Ellis (2016-2019). They will comment on three questions.

  • What was a surprise to you in discovering something about a congregation that you did not know before?
  • In your term as Moderator what did you discover about the significance of church anniversaries and the importance of celebrating the gifts and commitment of those who served and witnessed over many years?
  • Yesterday we celebrated the 47th anniversary of the Uniting Church. What could the UC SA Historical Society do in the next three years to assist congregations prepare for the UCAs Jubilee in June 2027?

The forum will conclude at 3.30pm with afternoon tea. For information about the Society contact the History Centre 44A East Ave Black Forest. Phone 8297 8472. Email Turn on Javascript!. Research enquiry and archives. Email Turn on Javascript!. More about the society on their web site Facebook: UCA Historical Society – South Australia. Rev Dr Dean Eland. President, email: Turn on Javascript!.





Grant Opportunities

Grassroots Grants Open

Green Adelaide is launch Round 5 of its Grassroots Grants Program. Funding is available for the delivery of local projects that contribute to a cooler, greener and wilder Adelaide. More information is available at this link: Grassroots Grants | Green Adelaide.

Mark Butler MP Grants
The office of Mark Butler MP has compiled a list of key grants that may be available to organisations in the electorate of Hindmarsh across the Western Suburbs. The MPs office has also established an online Grants Hub which will be regularly updated. You can access the Grants Hub at



COVID-19 Update

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information in regards to COVID-19 guidelines can be found here: If you would like further assistance, please contact your presbytery or:

              Sue Page Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.



Oodnadatta Fundraiser


It has been identified that there are no property funds available to provide furniture for the almost completed Oodnadatta building. As such, Fellowship and Mission Support have offered to undertake a fundraiser for all Fellowship and Friendship circles to buy a chair at $80 each (and add in the transport costs). It is hoped that they will be able to raise enough funds for 60 chairs. Donations should be sent to Ms Janet Woodward, Fellowship & Mission Administration, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park 5032 or can be made to BSB 704-095 / account number 195684 / Account Name: Uniting Church Adult Fellowship / Reference: Oodnadatta. Further information is available from Rev Sue Ellis, 0427 162 009 email: Turn on Javascript!.




History Month at Gartrell

Join other lovers of JS Bach’s organ music, accompanied by reflections in the historic Gartrell Church to celebrate 110 years of music, worship and fellowship. The Dodd organ is a central part of worship and celebration at Gartrell. 2.00 pm, Sunday 19th May. Booking required: $25 including afternoon tea. Pleasant Sunday Afternoon with JS Bach Organ Music Tickets, Gartrell Memorial Church, Rose Park | TryBooking Australia.




Creating Authentic Christian Communities Online

During the COVID era, many churches started or developed worship services online. Beyond filming a Sunday morning service or putting a video on YouTube, how can congregations connect with people meaningfully in Christian community, faith exploration and growing disciples?

Commencing Thursday 16th May, the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) is hosting several onsite conversations with churches seeking to build online or blended communities of faith. There will be learning from the hosts and from wider wisdom, as well as discussing your churches aspirations and challenges. 7.30-9.00pm Adelaide West UC. More details here.






Training in Pastoral Care

St Andrew’s Hospital is offering Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE units), and the next weekly unit will run from July-November, Thursdays from 4.00 pm – 8.30 pm. Participants will explore how to be present to others who are experiencing distress and how to offer pastoral care informed by self-awareness. For more information and cost please contact Chaplain Jenski (Rev Leanne Jenski) email: Turn on Javascript! or mobile 0417 863 635.





Adelaide Theological Library Book Sale

You are invited to the Adelaide Theological Library Book Sale from 3rd - 6th June (inclusive). Between the hours of 10.00 am - 4.00 pm daily, you will find hundreds of relevant titles on offer, and most books are priced around $1, $2 and $5. Items cover theology, biblical commentaries, leadership, pastoral care, spirituality, prayer and more. Payment by card only – all welcome.

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