News & notices - 6 June 2018

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 6 June edition of UC e-News.


Uniting Church opts in to National Redress Scheme

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia announced on Monday 4 June that the Uniting Church will opt in to the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Read the media release here.


Pastoral Notes

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

On Friday 19 January, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Rev Allan Shephard who passed away on Wednesday 30 May.

Allan was a key leader in bringing the structures and polity of the Uniting Church vision into the South Australian context. His ministry extended across three states in Australia, and was marked by pastoral sensitivity in bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, and by effective church administration. Read more about Allan’s ministry in the Pastoral Note online here.

A memorial service for Rev Allan Shephard will be held at Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church at 10.30am on Thursday 28 June, 2018. (Please note that the original Pastoral Note incorrectly stated it was Friday 28 June – a correction was issued and is available to read online here.)

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email


2017 Financial Statements due 30 June 2018

Congregations, ‘parishes’ and faith communities are reminded that copies of their audited 2017 financial statements should be sent to the Synod office by 30 June, 2018. Financials consist of an income statement (profit and loss), a balance sheet (showing assets and liabilities) and an audit statement (in which the auditor states that the financials are accurate etc.). For more information, please contact Peter Harbison on 8236 4282 or 1300 766 956 (Country Callers) or email


UnitingWorld: EOFY Tax Appeal

In some of the world’s poorest places, Christian communities are having a real and positive impact. 

In recognition of the success of UnitingWorld’s poverty alleviation and peacebuilding projects, each year the Australian Government offers vital funding toward this work.

To receive Australian Aid funding, UnitingWorld is required to contribute $1 for every $5 they receive from the Australian Government.

This means that gifts made before 30 June (end of financial year) can go up to six times further toward the work of UnitingWorld’s local partners in Indonesia, India,West Timor and Zimbabwe.

Find out more or donate here.


Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine (10 June, 2018) hopes to unite ecumenical partners and faith communities all over the world as a prayerful and spiritual movement to:

  • encourage prayer, reflection and action with information and suggestions
  • bring awareness regarding famine’s impact on the most vulnerable children and families and to help address its root causes
  • connect with church-related and other humanitarian organisations that are currently working to bring immediate relief and positive long-term change so children and families can live out God’s aspiration for a dignified, peaceful and violence-free future
  • help communities and congregations to uphold each other in prayer and support, by sharing experiences, challenge and solutions

Find out more about the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on the website here.


Refugee Week: SA events 17-20 June 2018

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre invites communities and individuals to participate in over 40 different events across SA during Refugee Week (17-23 June, 2018). These events will provide an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contribution of refugees to SA, and to encourage understanding, cultural harmony and community engagement. A calendar of SA Refugee Week events is available online at


2018 Act for Peace Ration Challenge

The 2018 Act for Peace Ration Challenge invites people to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (17-23 June, 2018) – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil – and get sponsored to do it. The money raised will provide food, medicine and education for refugees, and support communities threatened by conflict and disaster. The Ration Challenge is run by Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Find out more about the Ration Challenge here.


SAYCO 2018: save the date!

Details are beginning to be announced for SAYCO (South Australian Youth Camp Out) in 2018! Here's what you need to know so far:

Theme: Breathe, Breathe Again
Date: 29 September - 1 October 2018
Venue: Woodcroft College

Updates will continue to be provided through UC e-News, on the SAYCO webpage and through the Uniting Church SA Youth Facebook and Instagram.

This year, information about SAYCO will also be shared through an app. More information about this process will be shared in the coming weeks.


Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Some of the events coming up over the next two weeks are:

Check out the full list to see other exciting events happening in the coming weeks! Events can be submitted to the list here.


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

New Police Check Form and ID requirements change

There are some key changes being introduced to the Uniting Church SA screening processes with respect to the Criminal History Check undertaken by volunteers, ministers and employees. The most significant of these changes relates to the ID requirement.

The outdated 100 points of ID basis is replaced by presenting four different identity documents. A new application form is now available on the Safe Church page of the Uniting Church SA website.


Live Life Loud

The first Live Life Loud event of the season has come and gone – but more are fast approaching!

Live Life Loud is a high energy worship night that endeavours to bring young people together and build a network between local churches. It is an interdenominational youth event held over several dates across multiple locations across SA with the aim of seeing lives transformed and local churches united. This year's theme is "Think Small".

Find a Live Life Loud nearby:

West: 15 June - Adelaide West Uniting Church, 6 - 9.30pm, speaker tbc
EP: 15 June - Yeelanna Uniting Church, time tbc, with speaker Ashlee Littleford
Hills: 15 June Hills - Hills Christian Community School, 6.30-9.30pm, with speaker Dave Shepherd
Mid North: 22 June - Balaklava Horizon School (Balaklava), 7pm-9.30pm, with speaker Anne Baker
North East: 29 June - Hope Valley Uniting Church, 7pm-9.30pm, with speaker Jake Toogood
South: 29 June - Seeds Uniting Church, 6.30-10pm, with speaker Tash Harvey

More information is available on the Uniting Church SA website here


Peace Expo: Sharing stories to inspire us on paths to justice and peace

In February 2017, the SA Council of Churches announced projects that had received funding from a Bequest to assist in the work of Refugees and Displaced Persons. These projects are now complete. Come along to Morialta Uniting Church on Sunday 5 August, 2-4.30pm, to hear their stories, share resources and inspire one another on paths towards justice and peace.

For more information, please visit


Regional Rumble

Crystal Brook Uniting Church will host a Regional Rumble on Sunday 17 June from 5.30pm - an evening of food, friendship, worship and encouragement across Christian churches in the Mid-North of South Australia.

Regional Rumble is an initiative of some Uniting Church leaders who want to encourage the local churches across the north. People from all churches are welcome to attend. The theme for the June 2018 Regional Rumble is "Rural Mission". 

For more information, please click here.


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