News, Notices & Prayer points - 8 October 2019

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News & notices – 8 October 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 1 October edition of UC e-News.

Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • The protection of the rights of all people to religious freedom and to protection from discrimination.
  • For those suffering from debilitating mental health conditions.


Induction of Rev Steve Thompson

Rev Steve Thompson will be inducted as Chaplain at Flinders Private Hospital on Monday 21 October at 10:30am. The induction service will be held at the hospital (1 Flinders Drive, Bedford Park) at the Level 6 Walkway.

Everyone is invited to attend. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Rev Liz Dyson on 0407 189 571 or by Monday 14 October.


Western Link Friendship Club

The Western Link Uniting Church at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon, will hold its next Friendship Club meeting on Thursday 17 October, commencing at 1:30pm. Entertainment will be provided by ZIGGY (Count Von Dazzle)! ZIGGY is a Magician - let's see how good he is! A donation of $5.00 includes afternoon tea. Everyone welcome. Enquiries: 8443 8145 (Pam).


Reminder: Liturgy of Acknowledgement and Lament

On the first anniversary of the historic National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, congregations have been invited to mark the anniversary with a Liturgy of Acknowledgement and Lament. Read more here.


Reminder: Lost/Found Youth Festival

SAYCO presents a one-day festival for youth this Saturday 12 October at Adelaide West Uniting Church. Expect games, 3-on-3 basketball, worship, live music, a message about being found from Encounter Church’s Pastor Mike Wardrop and more. More information and tickets here.


Choral Evensong

The Choir of Pilgrim Church continues the great tradition of Choral Evensong here in Adelaide with a special series throughout the year. Enjoy some of the finest choral repertoire, accompanied by the magnificent Pilgrim Organ. Music and contemplation in the heart of the city.

Date: Sunday 12 October 5:00 - 5:45pm.


UCA submission on religious discrimination

In a submission to the Federal Government's consultation on its Religious Discrimination Bill, the Assembly of the Uniting Church has expressed broad support for reforms to improve protection against Religious Discrimination while urging for amendments to ensure the new laws will uphold the rights of all. Read more here.


Fostering Integration Grants 2019-20

Grants are now open - close 5 November 2019

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Fostering Integration Grants in 2019-20. The objective of the grant opportunity is to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and culturally diverse communities in Australia.

The 2019-20 Fostering Integration Grants Round is now live on both the Community Grants Hub and on GrantConnect.


NCCA October Assembly

The National Council of Churches in Australia Assembly will be an opportunity to reflect on how churches engage in moral discernment, especially when they make decisions about moral matters that are part of public discussion.

The day is facilitated by the NCCA Faith and Unity Commission and will be led by Rev Dr Gerard Kelly and Dr Morag Logan.

When: Thursday 31 October 2019 10:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: St James Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.


Intergen Worship Ideas for Children's Week 18 - 27 Oct 2019

Children's Week is an annual celebration of children in our communities. The 2019 theme focuses on the right of children to access good quality health care.

The Intergen Team has developed a resource with different ideas for celebrating children, and encouraging intergenerational relationships, in worship services during Children’s Week (Sunday 20 or 27 October). It includes ideas for call to worship, early word, prayers of praise and prayers for others.

Find this downloadable resource here:


Child Safe & Code of Ethics Training

The next full day of training in “Safe Environments - Through Their Eyes” for children and young people: “Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” will be held at Gawler Uniting, Todd St Gawler on Tuesday 15 October.

To register your attendance, please email Cost is $30.00, payable on the day.

All ministry agents are required to annually attend a refresher in the Code of Ethics. The next refresher on offer will be held Tuesday 22 October at Marion Uniting Church, Township Road, Marion from 1:30 till 4:40pm. To register and pay go to:


Indonesian Christian Church West Java: English Language Teacher

The Indonesian Christian Church West Java Synod has a Christian school with full English programs. However, they are facing some difficulties in providing a native English speaker for teaching the English language.

The school is currently seeking a person who is licensed to teach English in Indonesia for one to two years.

For more info please email Rev David de Kock, General Secretary of the Uniting Church WA, at


Drug Testing Trial Legislation

UnitingCare Australia lodged a submission to Senate Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019. This is the third Bill proposing drug testing of people receiving unemployment benefits, and the third submission made opposing such a proposal. UnitingCare put forward the argument that the likely impact on the health, well-being and behaviour of beneficiaries must be considered based on evidence from similar trials overseas.


Surrender Adelaide 19: October 11 - 12

The Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress are again a joint sponsor of this unique event, which brings people together from different churches, at Marion Church of Christ. Keynote speakers include Uniting Church & Aboriginal leaders - Charissa Suli, Brooke Prentis and Eileen Glass from L'Arche.

Other highlights include the Welcome to Country on Saturday afternoon at Warraparinga and Indigenous worship on Saturday night. For more information visit:, or call 0431 123 652.





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