News, Notices & Prayer points - 17 September 2019

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News & notices – 17 September 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 17 September edition of UC e-News.

Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For a well-supported and peaceful Global Climate Strike this Friday in Adelaide, Australia wide and globally.
  • For peace and justice to reign between the people of Palestine and Israel.


Climate Strike

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has invited members of the Uniting Church and others to participate in the Global Climate Strike on 20 September.

You can register to join the Strike or provide support by visiting Uniting World. Downloadable UCA placard templates are available here.

You can read Dr Palmer's invitation here.

All UCA marchers can assemble in the forecourt of Pilgrim Uniting Church on Flinders street at 11:30am before moving to Victoria Square together. If possible, wear the colour red.


Calendar & Postcard orders

The 2019 Christmas postcards as well as the Uniting Church calendars for the 2020 calendar year, which features lectionary readings for each Sunday, will be available for order from Tuesday, 1 October. 

Postcards cost $82.50 per 1,000 or $44 per 500 (including GST). These will be personalised to reflect your congregation’s name and Christmas service times. Calendars cost $3 each.

Ordered calendars and postcards will be available for pickup from the Synod meeting in November or the Synod office in Pirie street. It can also be posted to congregations for an applicable postage fee.

Details of how to order will be made available in UC e-News in the coming weeks.


News from the Uniting Church in Australia

The Uniting Church in Australia’s weekly newsletter can be accessed here. The latest edition features articles on a new beginning for a Uniting First People’s voice as leaders from UnitingCare Australia and the UAICC met together in Canberra; the build-up to the Global Climate Strike on Friday; UCA chaplains who offer pastoral care to support bushfire-communities; the Youth Parliament of World Religions and more.


Gospel Yarning 2019

Gospel Yarning 2019 is for ministers, chaplains, deacons, presbytery-workers and leaders of ministries in the Uniting Church in Australia. With the theme “For such a time as this – How can we be the church of Jesus Christ in a secular world?” this event will significantly raise your understanding of how the context of secularism affects the church, and introduce tools for strengthening your ministry in that context.

This conference will take place on 17-20 November at the Centre for Ministry, North Parramatta.

Find out more and register online here.


Interfaith Celebration of International Day of Peace

Multifaith South Australia, supported by the South Australian Council of Churches and the Interfaith Rapid Response Network established after Christchurch, will be hosting an Interfaith Celebration of International Day of Peace on Saturday, 21 September 2019 from 5-8:30pm.

The 2019 theme for the International Day of Peace is Climate Action for Peace. Everyone is invited to gather in support of Adelaide’s commitment to Interfaith Harmony; Learn “How to Live More Gently on Country” from First Nation Elders & Discuss how ‘Living the Change’ can help us tackle Climate Change.

The gathering will be held at the Baha’i Centre of Learning, 275 Flinders Street, Adelaide. Bring a plate and come enjoy music, meditation and a shared supper. RSVP to Philippa Rowland at or 0429 828412.



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


New publishing day for UC e-News

As from this week, UC e-News will be published on Tuesdays (as opposed to Wednesdays as is currently the practice). This shift of publication days will also affect News and Notices, Reflection of the Week and New Times Online.

The next publication date of these communication pieces will therefore be Tuesday, 24 September. If you have any notices that you wish to have published in News and Notices please send them to the team by 10:00am on Tuesdays.


Upcoming Transitional Presbytery meeting

The Transitional Presbytery meeting will be held on Saturday, 21 September, at Burnside Uniting Church. Registration opens 8:45am with the meeting commencing at 9:30am.

Meeting reports, program and other documents can be located here. Members and visitors very welcome.


Exciting new position at The Corner Uniting Church

The Corner Uniting Church is seeking a suitable person to establish new communities of belonging, faith and worship, centred around food and hospitality. This person would need to initiate new community partnerships, building upon what have already been established amongst the community and local schools. This pastor position is funded half time for one year starting as soon as possible. For more information contact Mark Hewitt on


Vale Rev Bob MacIntosh

Rev Bob MacIntosh sadly passed away on Tuesday, 3 September at the age of 90 years. If you have not done so already, you can read the pastoral note sent by Moderator Rev Sue Ellis on Thursday, 4 September, here.


Reminder: Conversations and explorations conference

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CLMA) has released the program planned for their upcoming conference (8-10 October): Conversations and explorations with friends by the sea – Worship in the 21st Century.

View the program here.

The CLMA also announced that the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology will offer credit at VET, undergraduate and graduate level if the conference is taken as an Intensive or part of an existing educational program. For more information on this, please contact Sean Gilbert on Attending the conference will be credited as Continuing Education.


SURRENDER Adelaide19

SURRENDER Adelaide19 is a gathering of diverse people living out the radical call of Jesus amongst the margins in ways that are relevant, connected and transformative. The gathering will happen over the weekend (Friday and Saturday) of 11 & 12 October at the Marion Church of Christ. Featured speakers include Brooke Prentis, Eileen Glass and Charissa Suli.

The event organisers have offered a special ‘church ticket’ of $99 (for the full conference – use promo code ChurchA19) or $50 (day pass for either day – use promo code DayA19). This offer is open to all Uniting Church members.

More information about the conference and the program is available on the website: or contact Cyrus Kung on 0432 019 539 or


2019 Governor’s Multicultural Awards

These important awards recognise and celebrate South Australians who promote multiculturalism and increase the understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity in our community. South Australians are encouraged to nominate an individual or organisation that is passionate about making a positive contribution and promoting our culturally diverse state.

 Nominations are open until Friday, 11 October, 5:00pm. Read more here.






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