News, Notices & Prayer points - 7th November 2023

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News & Notices – 7th November 2023

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 7th November 2023 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For the family and friends of the those killed in the horrific car crash in Daylesford, Victoria
  • For our rural and remote congregations who provide Christian community for those living far from big cities and people
  • For congregations who have closed down over the years, may we remember their stories and legacy




2024 Calendars

2024 Uniting Church Calendar orders are now open! But hurry, as early bird pricing ends on the 13th of November. This year's Calendar celebrates food from different congregations, faith communities and organisations all around the Uniting Church in South Australia. We extend our sincere thanks to all those involved who submitted photos for the Calendar this year. If you would like to order the 2024 Calendar, please visit this link:




Limitless Church

Be Strong and Courageous for God (Joshua 1:9)

Wanted!!! … Worship Leaders, Musicians, and Tech Savvy youth and young adults to come on board as ‘Limitless Church’ prepares for launching in 2024, at 4.00 pm on Sundays at Salisbury Uniting Church. Also, the church would appreciate hearing from you if you are interested in starting a kids ministry program alongside the Limitless Church. This initiative is starting from the ground up, so if you feel God calling you into a new church team in Salisbury, come along and join in!

Contact Pastor Justin Gutteridge at Turn on Javascript! or on 0433 181 858 for further information.




­Moderator’s Christmas Video

The Moderator’s Christmas message with the theme ‘Joy, Hope, Peace, and Love’ is now available for download from the Christmas resources page of the Synod website and can be viewed together with other resources at this link.




Uniting World: Everything in Common Christmas gift catalogue 

UnitingWorld's Everything in Common Christmas gift catalogue is now available! It’s filled with gifts that fight poverty through health, education, leadership and income opportunities. There are gifts like goats, pigs, clean water, schoolbooks, kitchen gardens, small business training and disability support and lots more! And a new set of Christmas cards. You can browse the full range of life-changing gifts for all budgets on our brand-new website

Everything in Common gifts are such a great way to make a difference in the world as well as share the hope, peace, joy and love of the Christmas season. 




Farewell to Ann Cotton and Malcolm Wilson

Last Thursday, we said goodbye to two well-loved staff members, Ann Cotton, and Malcolm Wilson, as they take the journey into retirement.

Ann has been a member of the Synod office for eight years as the Personal Assistant to the Director of Uniting Care SA. Her commitment to the ministry and mission of the God through the church, expressed through its organisations and agencies has been a great service to the Synod.

Malcolm has served seventeen years in the mission and ministry of the Synod of SA through his roles as Rural Mission Planner, Associate General Secretary, and Grants and Historical Records Officer. Malcolm’s faithfulness in service and dedication to the mission of God through the church is a wonderful gift.

The staff meeting to celebrate their service and was both joyful and a little sad, but we wish Ann and Malcolm all the best during this next exciting phase in their lives!




Being an Intergenerational Church : Practices to Bring the Generations Back Together

On-line Book Launch    November 8 ACDT 7.00pm 

Join with other ministry leaders from around Australia and beyond at the on-line launch of Being an Intergenerational Church: Practices to Bring the Generations Back Together. Connect with the authors, Suzi Farrant and Darren Philip from the Church of Scotland, as they introduce the content, expand on the key themes and answer your questions around being an intergenerational church. For more information and registration, please click here.




Being an Intergenerational Church Papers

Recently the Uniting Church released its vision for an Intergenerational Church, a Church where every generation is engaged together in active discipleship, growing and sharing faith in Jesus, a Church for all ages where faith and discipleship is encouraged, equipped, and expressed intergenerationally. 

Part of an ongoing project, this series of twelve short, free, downloadable papers has emerged to assist the church in being and becoming more intentionally intergenerational. They are available for all those who share the dream of a more intergenerational church – a church comprised of lifelong followers of Jesus, of all ages, caring, praying, celebrating, learning and serving faith-fully together. Titles include…

Intergenerational Discipleship
Intergenerational Worship
Intergenerational Mission
Recommended Reading

Download ALL the papers here




Grant Opportunities

Australian Government Volunteer Grant Opportunities are now available.
The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program. Closing date is 24 November 2023. See the website for more details or email: Turn on Javascript!

Grants SA - 2023-24 Social Impact Grant Funding Round
Applications are open for grant funding in support of initiatives that help create strong and inclusive communities, that advance social and emotional wellbeing for people living and working in South Australia. This funding opportunity is a one-off grant of up to $10,000. For the Social Impact Grant Round Guidelines or to apply please visit Social Impact Grants (Round 1) 2023/24 | DHS . Closing date is 3pm, 14 December 2023.




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.




Code of Ethics Dates 2023

The dates for both face-to-face and online refreshers of the Code of Ethics in 2023 have now been set as follows:

All ministry agents who are either in placement, awaiting placement or providing supply are expected to complete a refresher session each year.

Bookings can be accessed at this link: Events Calendar – Safe Church (

Bookings opening soon:

30 November      Rosefield UC - 1.00pm to 4.00pm.





After a positive response, MediaCom is pleased to advise the Advent: A Calendar of Devotions 2023 is available for pre-order

The price is $39.00 for a pack of 10 + postage and handling. 

Please order by email at Turn on Javascript! or phone 08 83711399




Sunday Night Meet & Greet

Dernancourt Uniting Church
26 November 2023
5.00-7.00 pm
An informal family evening including shared meal, song, fellowship, faith sharing and reflection. Please bring finger food to share. All welcome.




Clavinova for sale

Yamaha Clavinova CVP-305/30 for sale $1,200 -Has not been used for 10 years.

It was purchased by Newland UCA at Victor Harbor as an interim instrument during rebuilding of the pipe organ and has not been used since. In near new condition.

The price includes the stool and manual. Contact Wayne Colebatch on 0431 663560 or email Turn on Javascript!




Dr Michael Frost – Mission is the Shape of Water

"In an ever-changing world, how can we learn from the past to discern the shape of mission today?

In our contemporary culture, the mission of God can seem elusive and hard to define. We often focus on the present moment, losing sight of the epic story of God that has been unfolding through the ages. Michael Frost offers a compelling framework for understanding mission by drawing on the rich tapestry of Christian history and revealing how context shapes mission, just as a bottle shapes water.

Join Dr. Michael Frost in Adelaide for a deep-dive into mission, with two offerings:

  1. A two-part lecture on "What Is Mission?" including insights on the art of faithful evangelism today = Mike Frost - What is Mission? - Powered by Eventzilla
  2.  Mission is the Shape of Water: A seminar at Malvern Uniting Church where we can hear and engage with Dr. Frost's captivating new book. = Mike Frost - Mission is the Shape of Water - Powered by Eventzilla




Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (Serc)

SERC is now calling for submissions for the 2024 award. The award is given to a congregation each year that has done most to foster ecumenical relations within their local community and SERC is grateful to the Synod for the continued funding of the Award. Submissions can be made either in writing or electronically which should be received by the secretary, Don Hopgood 19 Ray Ave, Morphett Vale 5162. Turn on Javascript!. No later than April 30th 2024. Use words and pictures (if possible) to make clear what you have undertaken and the measure of your success.





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