News, Notices & Prayer points - 9 August 2022

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News & Notices – 9 August 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 9th August 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For those struggling with the cost of living, who are living without food, shelter and heating during this cold winter
  • For more effective action towards combatting climate change
  • For the people of Palestine and Israel who are caught in conflict, may peace prevail for all peoples



Celebrating First Nations children and the hope of a new beginning

Last week we celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (NATSI) Children’s Day on 4 August. The Uniting Church reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring First Nations children can shape their own future, grounded in culture and community.

Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) Interim National Chairperson Rev Mark Kickett encouraged Uniting Church communities to celebrate and commit to a new beginning and hope-filled future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

“Built on the pain of the past for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, today we celebrate a new beginning, a new generation full of hope that has the right to celebrate, to live out and to truly be celebrated as First Nations. This is the way forward for a new beginning in the identity of this country,” Rev Kickett said.

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Uniting College Research Hour

You are invited to join the Uniting College of Leadership and Theology Research Hour, to engage with Rev Dr Chris Budden talking about his latest research, Beyond Fall and Redemption: The place of Creation in our understanding of the work and character of God. The event will be held Thursday the 11th of August at 12.45 pm at the Brooklyn Park campus, in Room 2.3, or on Zoom - please email Turn on Javascript! to obtain the Zoom link.




Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee Award South Australia

The Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee (SERC) is indeed grateful to the Synod for the continued funding of the Ecumenical Award which for 2022 was won by the Fulham-Henley Uniting Church.

The award is given to a congregation each year that has done most to foster ecumenical relations within the local community.

SERC is now calling for submissions for the 2023 award either in writing or electronically and should be received by the secretary, Don Hopgood 19 Ray Ave, Morphett Vale 5162 (Turn on Javascript!) no later than April 30th 2023. Use words and pictures (if possible) to make clear what you have undertaken and the measure of your success.

The award recipient will receive $600, or this amount may be divided between two or more entrants if appropriate. All entrants will receive a certificate acknowledging their willingness to engage in ecumenical activities and these will be presented at Synod meeting in 2023.

Should you wish for further information about this award please feel free to contact Velvy Holden (Chairperson SERC) Turn on Javascript! or Don Hopgood (Secretary SERC) Turn on Javascript!

SERC looks forward to receiving your submissions and hearing about the involvement of congregations in South Australian ecumenism.




Celebration of Ministries

As part of this year’s Synod ’22, A Celebration of Ministries service will be held at Adelaide West Uniting Church on Sunday, 21st August at 2.00 pm. This service celebrates the ministry, those who have retired since the last Synod meeting, and those who are celebrating special anniversaries of their ordination. The service will be both in person and live-streamed online. Phone (08) 8236 4200 or email Turn on Javascript! for further information.




Celebrity Quiz night & Silent Auction (Circle of Friends 114/ 115)

Invitation to support Circle of Friends.
Silent Auction available online via and at the event.
Saturday 27th August 2022 @ Burnside City Uniting Church, 384 Portrush Road, Tusmore
Doors open 6.30. First question 7 p.m.
Cost: $20 and BYO everything (coffee and tea will be provided).
Book as an individual, a small group or make up a table of 8




Connecting with Ancestors Retreat

A weekend of connecting with your spiritual heritage through listening to stories of our ancestors and learning through dialogue between the spirituality of First Nations people and the spirituality of the ancient Celts.
More information and details about how to book are available at this link.




Emergency Relief

The UnitingCare Emergency Relief Centres are struggling to keep up with the demand from people needing emergency food supplies. The usual sources have reduced supplies because of floods and rising costs. UnitingCare SA encourages congregations to include packaged goods as part of their regular offerings and to then, say monthly, arrange delivery to an Emergency Relief Centre. More information can be found at or call UnitingCare SA on (08) 8236 4255. The number of people seeking relief is continuing to increase each month and if we all do our bit we can, collectively, help many.




Death of Audrey Scrimgeour

Audrey Scrimgeour, whose 100th birthday was featured in the current edition of New Times, died peacefully on 5 August, with her family at her bedside.
A short memorial service will be held at the chapel of Berry's Funeral Home, 204 Magill Road, Norwood at 4pm on Thursday 11 August. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Audrey's memory may be made to Frontier Services via




Sedan Life

An exhibition featuring artists from Sedan and surrounds, SA's Mid Murray region.

Held at Scots Church Adelaide
237 North Terrace, Adelaide

August 8 - 20, 2022
Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 12 - 5pm

For more information: 0409 178 465




Safe Church Update

It is 3 years since the changes to legislation required a change in the screenings types that ‘persons with roles of responsibilities within the church community’ are expected to have. ‘Working with Children Checks are valid for 5 years – so any checks carried out post 1st July 2019 still have another couple of years before renewal is required. However the other screening types of General Probity and Vulnerable Persons are valid for 3 years. Renewal of a previous screening needs to be carried out no more than 6 months prior to the ‘expiry’ date. Thank you to those who are diligently seeking renewals for these screenings. Reminders will be sent to the contact details given by individuals at the initial time of requesting a check.

For all screening requests and more information:
Safe Church Resources – Safe Church (

Upcoming training: ‘Through their Eyes – safe Environments for children and young people’
Saturday 17th September, The Corner Uniting Church, 93 Oaklands Road, Warradale, is hosting a full day course (9:30am – 4:00pm). Bookings are essential and can be registered at this link: Events Calendar – Safe Church (

Cost $30.00 per attendee. Morning Tea provided, BYO lunch.




Dollars & Sense

The July edition of Dollars and Sense is now available. The newsletter produced by the Synod Resources team seeks to provide useful information and updates to better equip Church office bearers in their roles within the life of the Uniting Church.

Read the newsletter




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.




Support Sri Lanka – An Emergency Appeal for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst economic crisis since independence due to political instability and foreign fund deficit. The people of Sri Lanka are struggling with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices for basic necessities, and a shortage of emergency medical supplies affecting a large number of the citizens around the country. The Lanka Vision Foundation has set up a funding page to assist in this crisis. Donations can be made at this link:




L’Arche Adelaide

L'Arche is an international federation of faith-based communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live together in a mutuality of care. L'Arche Adelaide has recently launched its first community house and appointed its first community leader. The community meets every month, and all are welcome to attend gatherings. Information about the community is available at and the Facebook site located at




Series 3 of the Dwelling Podcast with Rev Dr Paul Goh

The Assembly has released the first of four episodes in a new series of the President's Podcast Dwelling. This series on Diversity and Inclusion invites us to think about how we celebrate and nurture the gifts of all. First up: Rev Dr Paul Dongwon Gohvwho works in Justice and Cross Cultural Ministry in the Synod of South Australia. Paul shares his own journey into the Uniting Church and reflects on how we might deepen our engagement with difference and reimagine our ways of working to be a truly intercultural church.




Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 2nd August 2022

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