News, Notices & Prayer points - 8th November 2022

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News & Notices – 8 November 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 8th November 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray for:

  • Churches facing new challenges, that they may continue to witness boldly to the gospel in evolving multicultural, multireligious and secular contexts
  • Indigenous peoples in their long struggles for survival, land and rights; and for ongoing healing and reconciliation with those who have come after them
  • Government leaders that they would advance justice, human rights, and peace for all within these countries and in the rest of the world.



2023 Uniting Church Calendar

The 2023 Uniting Church Calendar is now available for order - but hurry, as early bird pricing ends on the 14th of November!

The 2023 Calendar features Uniting Church schools and colleges and is both colourful and vibrant; and we extend our sincere thanks to all of the schools for their willingness to be a part of our annual publication. If you would like to order the 2023 Calendar, please visit this link:




Global Leadership Summit 2022 (GLS22)

Tickets are now available to attend the Global Leadership Summit for 2022 (GLS22) at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology on the 19th of November. The Global Leadership Summit brings together 400,000 participants for the world’s largest leadership event, as part of the Global Leadership Network - a not-for-profit ministry working with leaders from a wide range of denominations in over 100 countries around the globe. Doors open at 8:30am, with the event running from 9am to 3pm. The GLS will be delivered onsite via a media presentation with additional access to the materials. For more information and how to book, please follow the link:




Prayer Vigil for Cassius Turvey

Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide is holding a Prayer Vigil for Cassius Turvey this Wednesday 9th November at 5pm. Cassius is a Noongar boy who tragically died after he was assualted while walking home with friends in Western Australia. Please visit for more information.




Pilgrim COF Film Fundraiser

The Pilgrim Circle of Friends Film Fundraiser had over 150 attendees, with all proceeds going towards supporting refugees who have fled to Pakistan or are in hiding in Afghanistan.

Over the past two years we have supported asylum seekers and refugees in various ways with household expenditures and living costs, TAFE fees, medical expenses, interpreter and translation fees.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please contact Pilgrim Uniting Church on 08 8212 3295.




NYALC 2023 - Postponed

A decision has been made to postpone National Young Adult Leaders Conference (NYALC) until January 2024.

This decision became necessary due to a change in circumstances for keynote speakers and leaders. Any applicants who wish to do so, their application will be automatically submitted for the event in 2024.

In the meantime, the President will host a number of NYALC online events for young adult leaders in the Uniting Church. This will include opportunities to begin exploring faith and leadership and to contribute to Act2 – a major project considering the future shape of the UCA. The first of these will take place on the weekend we had planned to meet – keep this dated saved in your calendar – Saturday 28 January 2023, from 2-4pm AEDT.

Whilst yet to be confirmed, the venue and dates for NYALC 2024 will most likely be the same for next year, Friday 26–Sunday 28 January, 2024 at Merricks Lodge on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Read More




Call for Auditors

The Uniting Church SA Synod Financial Services Team currently requires additional assistance from suitably qualified auditors (CPA, CA or Registered Company Auditor) to provide audit services to Uniting Church SA congregations and other entities. Fees are to be negotiated directly with the congregation and prospective auditors will need to have their own ABN as well as appropriate insurance. If you or someone you know is available and willing to join a small team to provide this valuable service, please contact Bella Esposito, Financial Services Coordinator on (08) 8236 4251 or via email at Turn on Javascript! for further information.




Sally Stamp

Every Monday morning a small group of volunteers meet at the church office to collect and sort stamps which have been received from Fellowships and Businesses around South Australia.

This year we funded the following shipments to South Pacific School Aid Inc with another shipment promised shortly:
Port Elizabeth, Hannes Horne, Lets Help Africa $1810.92
Solomon Islands, Steward Manedia, Allardyca Province Secondary College $944.41
Vava’u, Tonga, Chanel College, Sr Susitina $1,102.77

Another donation was made to Uniting College, Brooklyn Park for $1,000.

Sally Stamp asks that people continue to send stamps to the Uniting Church SA Office to help with this ministry. The group also suggests that people consider asking local businesses to save their stamps, doctor’s surgeries are one of the best sources of stamps! Any donations of private collections no longer required are also gratefully received.

Stamps can be delivered to Uniting Church Office, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide. For more information, please contact Maxine Haines (Convenor)
Phone: 0427 972 417 or email Turn on Javascript!




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.




Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed

Do you have some pastoral skills and time? Flinders Medical Centre, The Repatriation Precinct and Noarlunga Hospital are looking for more volunteers to visit patients to provide emotional and spiritual support. Training will be provided and free parking each time you come to volunteer. You will be working with the Spiritual Care Coordinator Rev Leanne Jenski and other chaplains. Please phone Leanne on 0468 537 360 or email Turn on Javascript! for more information.




Journeying to a Just Earth

5-7pm Sunday 20th November.

Beginning at 5pm with wine and cheese.

Blackwood Uniting Church, 266 Main Road Blackwood.

This is the last in our “Journeying” series for the year, which is a program that’s been running for many years, and which seeks to engage with spirituality much more broadly than the typical “churchy” approach.

In the past, we’ve had events focused on the spirituality of art, indigenous spirituality, science and wonder, an atheist/Buddhist/Christian dialogue, etc.

This last Journeying event, on Sunday 20th November, continues our environmental focus in 2022, and considers how we journey to a “Just Earth”? It examines the imperative for humans to connect with and care for the Earth that we share with all living things.

Come and join us as we explore the intersection between environmental sustainability and spirituality.




October Refugee Advocacy Guide - A Letter-writing Action and Postcard Campaign


At the June 2022 Synod meeting, we committed to continue to advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees using ‘Priorities for Change’. This and other resources for congregations are available to view on the Synod website: UCA SA - Refugees: Resources for Congregations.

A four-page letter-writing action guide including a template is prepared to help individuals and congregations advocate to the Australian government, fulfilling its promise of pathways to permanency for those on temporary visas without further delay. You can download the guide at this link Refugee Advocacy Guide-October 2022.pdf.

In collaboration with other Synods, we are also encouraged to take part in a postcard campaign on the Increased Humanitarian Protection Program. To request postcards, please contact Paul Goh, Justice Officer, by emailing Turn on Javascript! or phone
(08) 826 4244.




Intergenerational Ministry Training Opportunities

Intergenerate Australia Conference on November 10th online. Input, interactive spaces and a chance to Engage together with keynotes and workshops from the face-to-face conferences earlier this year. Grown your intergenerational thinking and practices. More information is available here: Events | Intergenerate Australia

Introduction to GenOn Growth Group and UCA 2023 cohort – free online, on Tuesday, November 15th from 9.30 am – 11.00 am. If you are wondering how to practically engage in intergenerational ministry in your church, this is for you and your ministry leaders. Register here: Registration for Public Events (

Contact Melissa Neumann at: Turn on Javascript!.



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