News, Notices & Prayer points - 9th July 2024

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News & Notices – 9th July 2024

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 9th July 2024 edition of UC e-News

Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For younger generations, may they be led to fulfilling and impactful work
  • For effective partnerships between Indigenous communities, governments, and organisations to seek to address challenges and create positive change for future generations
  • For peace in the Middle East and Ukraine, and all other places experiencing conflict.




Safe Church Update

Safe Church trainings:   Did you miss the last round of courses offered?  Are you waiting for a location near you?  Are you looking for a refresher for your knowledge of Mandatory Reporting?  The next Through Their Eyes Refresher is being offered on Tuesday 13th August at Hope Valley. A full day course,  Saturday 7th September at The Journey, Ridgehaven. Called to Care – our own Uniting Church Safeguarding training is being offered at the following: Saturday 17th August at Spicer UC, St Peters; Sunday 18th August at Westbourne Park UC and 13th October at Bordertown UC. All training sessions require preregistration via the event listing on the Safe Church Events Calendar page:  Events Calendar – Safe Church (

Screening renewals: Since the introduction of the new screening requirements in 2019, reminders for expiring screenings due for renewal have been sent from the Synod’s UC SA Screening office. This year the Department for Human Services Screening Unit decided to send notifications to anyone who has a Working With Children Check (WWCC) that is expiring in the next 6 months. Unfortunately, this has sometimes been sent to individuals before the reminder from this office which has caused some confusion regarding how and through what channels to complete the renewal. Please ensure that any reminders that are responded to are from the UCSA Screening Admin email: Turn on Javascript!. If new WWCC have been completed directly through DHS, then please advise through completing the Step 1 form found here: Screening – Safe Church ( The Synod Safe Church Screening team welcome requests from congregations to assist with bulk renewals for members who find using the online system and/or access to computers challenging. Please email Turn on Javascript! to reach the Synod team. 




2024 Uniting Foundation Grant Round

 The 2024 Uniting Foundation Grant round is now open. Uniting Foundation and UC Invest are excited to be able to provide $1million of grant funding. A welcome video is available at this link: Uniting Foundation 2024 Grants ( The application form and eligibility criteria details are available on the Synod website page at this link: UCA SA - 2024 Grants.

Applications close 31st July 2024. For more information email Alice Hammer at Turn on Javascript!.






MediaCom - Sale

Floor stock sale! MediaCom is clearing out all stock, and you get to decide the price!

$5.00 or $10.00 or pack a small box of books for just $50.00.

Building 4 (across the from Perk Up Cafe) 32-56 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Mile End. All this week 10am - 3pm until sold.

MediaCom looks forward to seeing you there.

Parking: If driving east along Sir Donald Bradman, turn into the main car park which runs along Claremont Street. If driving west along Sir Donald Bradman, turn right onto Claremont Street, then left onto Daringa Street and into the main car park. Look for unmarked parks along the eastern fence. Walk through the archway toward Perk Up.






Grant Opportunities

Expand Together Grants 2024-25

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs has announced that applications for Multicultural Affairs’ (Department of the Premier and Cabinet) Expand Together Round 2 grants are now open.

These grants assist multicultural organisations to expand their capacity by upgrading community facilities or purchasing equipment to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Applications are open now and close 11pm, 31st August 2024.

Organisations are now able to apply for up to $100,000 for equipment or infrastructure, with co-contribution for applications above $50,000. Online application forms and guidelines are available at For more information, please contact the Multicultural Grants Team on 1300 239 468 or Turn on Javascript!


2024 Morialta Charitable Trust Grant

The 2024 Morialta Charitable Trust Grant is now open until 12th July 2024. Each year the Morialta Charitable Trust distributes approximately $500k in grants to organisations seeking to bring sustainable change to the lives of children and young people. Applications must be submitted electronically and more information is available at this link: 2024 Grants Application - open 3 June close 12 July - Morialta Charitable Trust (

HenderCare Foundation Grants

The Morialta Charitable Trust Grant is also administering the HenderCare Foundation Grants. The HenderCare Foundation Remote Communities Grant was established to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people living n remote communities. The HenderCare Foundation Disability Grant was also established for children and young people living with disability in South Australia where not all needs are covered by NDIS.

All applications should be submitted electronically at this link: 2024 Grants Application - open 3 June close 12 July - Morialta Charitable Trust (






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.






Open Garden Event

Rob and Carolyn are hosting an Open Garden event to support fundraising for The Corner Uniting Church, working closely with the community and diverse youth. Volunteers from The Corner are assisting this Open Gardens event with a barbecue, drinks, plants and gift stalls. All proceeds will be donated to their outreach programs.

A scenic garden trail has been created to locate icons across the one-acre garden and enjoy interactive displays, photo opportunities, garden art and detailed botanical information.

Garden Tours 11am and 2pm on 24th and 25th August, 2024. Enquiries to Carolyn 0439871465.






Friendship Club

The Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club meets at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon on the third Thursday of every month at 1.30 pm. There is community singing, jokes, a thought for the day and entertainment finishing with afternoon tea. On 18th July the entertainer will be ‘Jude’ singing some bright old favourites. Everyone welcome, donation $10. Enquiries to Pam on (08) 8443 8145.






Lay Pastor Commissioning

Pastor Gary Ferguson will be commission to the Kimba congregation on 14th July at 10.00 am, all welcome. Kimba Uniting Church, Kimba, SA, 5641, mobile: 0417824987.






Hymn Book Request

Clarendon Uniting Church is looking for TIS Hymn Books if any church has any that are surplus to their requirements. Please contact Carol Chambers 0414744113.






Shout 4 Joy Adelaide West Uniting Church

 'More than Friends' is a communications and relationships program designed by Bindy Taylor and Dana Baltutis, a Speech Pathologist and Life Coach. The program helps neurodivergent young adults (18+) better understand themselves, enhance communication skills, build friendships, and navigate the dating world through six weekly 2-hour evening sessions at the Mitchell Park Sports and Community Club. The course fee is NDIS approved. Register and discover more here:






Care and Living with Mercer Webinar

 Sign up for a webinar which will cover topics including: The different care options available; in-home care; retirement community or residential aged care. Why it really makes a difference for you to be supported. How Mercer Super members can access ageing care support. When, Wednesday 10th July at 1 pm via Zoom. Ageing care support and advice | Mercer Super Australia.






100 Year Celebration for Gelland and Croydon Park

Gelland Methodist and Croydon Park Uniting Church will celebrate 100 years of ministry at
310 Torrens Road, Croydon Park 5008. Moderator Rev Peter Morel will preach in this celebration at 2.00pm on 18th August 2024. You are invited to meet with past members and families of the Sunday School and Congregational life. Please advise your attendance to Mrs Jean Chinca 8445 8117 or Mrs Bettie Rundle 8346 3778.






New Worship Music Pack released!

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has released another pack of 5 songs from the ‘Walk as One’ songbook. With audio recordings, videos, PowerPoint files and sheet music, these packs work for churches of any size. Another very singable and easy to learn collection of songs for praise, hearing the word, affirming faith, and being sent to live as disciples in the world. Churches can purchase individual packs for $35 or 5 packs for $150 and receive 4 bonus songs. Song samples and more information at






Zoom Cafe for Preachers

Join other preachers for a monthly peer conversation on Zoom about upcoming lectionary texts and themes. Hosted by the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts. Zoom link here.

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