News, Notices & Prayer points - 9 June 2020

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News & Notices – 9 June 2020


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



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the healing of racial tensions worldwide, including here in Australia, and an end to racial inequality and racist attitudes.
  • For Our Church partners and other faith organisations around the world actively involved in confronting racism and prejudice.
  • For Australians who are struggling as we enter our first recession in 29 years.
  • For every volunteer who is helping to serve those who are in great need for food, shelter and clothing right now.


Death and Funeral Notice

It is with sadness we announce the death of Noreen Bray, the wife of the late Rev Ted Bray. As well as ministering alongside Ted, Noreen volunteered for many years in the Parkin Wesley library.

In these times it is not possible to accommodate all who wish to attend the funeral which will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday 11 June. It will be live streamed and available at this link.

Our prayers are with Noreen’s family and friends as they celebrate her life and mourn together.


Service of Lament

Pilgrim Uniting Church has prepared a Service of Lament that prayerfully and creatively offers a space for lament in light of the events that have led to the #BLM protests and Aboriginal deaths in custody (432 deaths since 1991). The service can viewed on the Pilgrim Uniting Church Adelaide’s YouTube Channel.


Queen's birthday honours for UCA member in South Australia

Mr Barry Colin Need (OAM) from Vermont Uniting Church has received the Order of Australia (General Division) for service to the Uniting Church in Australia. Congratulations Barry! Other UCA members from across the country have also been honoured. View the full list of recipients here.


UCA/UAICC leaders condemn racism and police brutality

Dr Deidre Palmer and Pastor Mark Kickett have written Pastoral Letters in solidarity with the global protest movement which has arisen out of the murder by police of African American man, George Floyd. Read more here.


Lifeline Accidental Counsellor online workshop

Registration is now open for our next Accidental Counsellor training session. Facilitated by experienced Lifeline mental health trainers, this online workshop provides practical and effective skills to be able to respond to and support others when they are experiencing a challenging time.

Enrol by calling 0447 197 717 to find out more. Discounted rates available for not-for-profit organisations.


WCC Assembly postponed until 2022 

The World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly, due to take place in Karlsruhe, Germany in September 2021, has been postponed due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.


NCCA Newsletter

The latest newsletter of the National Council of Churches in Australia can be read here.


Not-for-Profit working group to support recovery in the sector 

The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has established a not-for-profit working group to provide recommendations to lessen the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable people and the sector that supports them. Read more here.


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day online forum

It's World Elder Abuse Day on Friday 12 June. The Aged Rights Advocacy Service is offering an online forum with focus on how government agencies, health and allied health professionals, service providers and advocacy groups can work together to deliver care and support services to older Australians, with quality and compassion. Register here.


Bushfire recovery funds for community groups

The SA Bushfire Appeal is now taking applications from not-for-profit organisations and community groups for gift payments of up to $20,000 to respond to local recovery needs and issues. Funds must go toward a project that supports the strength and resilience of bushfire-affected Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills communities. This includes rebuilding or replacing community infrastructure or equipment used by the affected communities. 

Applications for this category of payment close on Friday 3 July. To find out more or apply now, visit .


Nominations are open for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

The Australia Day Council of South Australia needs the community’s help to ensure our nation’s best continue to receive the recognition they deserve. They are looking for people who are great at what they do, contribute to Australian society and inspire those around them. They could be quiet achievers, community members, leaders in their field of work, household names or unknown heroes.

The Awards rely on members of the public to nominate and  you are encouraged, through your networks, to identify and put some of our best and brightest forward for the 2021 Awards.

 Nominee(s) could be recognised in one of  four categories:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)
  • Australia’s Local Hero.

Nominate by Friday 31 July 2020. For more information, email the Australia Day Council of South Australia team at


Didn’t read the last “News & Notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


Screening checks:

Do you have a question about the Working with Children Checks or any of the additional ones we are asking you to have?  The Safe Church section of the Synod website has been updated to include a list of FAQ’s.  If you still have any questions not covered by these, please email


Appointments (for Mercer Super members) with a Mercer Financial Adviser

Mercer Financial Adviser Jarrad Simmons is  available timeslots  on 25 and 26 June to present the Market Volatility webinar and to meet with members via the phone. Register your interest as follows:

  • Market Volatility Virtual Zoom Webinar

Register for a webinar on information about the current market scenario, Government support measurers and understanding investment fundamentals.

           25 June 2020 – 10.00 – 11.00 am

           Register via email:

Note: once registered, Mercer will email you the Zoom dial in details to join closer to the date.

  • Financial Advice Phone Appointments

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt global investment markets, create uncertainty around the world and put significant pressure on the Australian economy, now is a good time to register for an appointment with a Mercer Financial Adviser to discuss your personal financial situation, superannuation entitlements and how to approach any financial challenges.

Mercer is pleased to make available phone appointments to our Mercer Super members
– it’s already included in your membership.

25 & 26 June 2020

Register here

If you have any queries please email


Momentum Webinar Series

Generate Presbytery and Propel Network are collaborating to bring you the Momentum Webinar Series.

Tune in each week as they look at the core business of evangelism, discipleship, raising leaders,  church planting and renewal. Each webinar will feature local and national practitioners sharing their thinking around questions like... "what we are learning in this moment", "how we are reshaping our understanding" and "what key lessons we will be taking into the future".

Week 1 - Evangelism (4 June)
Week 2 - Discipleship (11 June)
Week 3 - Raising Leaders (18 June)
Week 4 - Church Planting + Renewal (25 June)

Each session will go from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

Links for the webinars are posted on the Propel Network Facebook page. Zoom link for week 2: ttps://


L'Arche Adelaide Community Life Coordinator (CLC) position

L'Arche offers community care for people with and without intellectual disability. This position is an important role in the life of the L’Arche Adelaide community. The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing for the commencement of L’Arche’s first house in Adelaide next year. This is a part-time position with payment by honorarium.

For the job specification please contact Rev Dr Trevor Whitney on 0403 711 653 or Expressions of Interest close Friday 19 June.

Please pass this advertisement on to interested people in your networks.


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