News & notices - 6 December 2017

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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 December edition of UC e-News.


Christmas closures – Synod and UC Invest offices

The Uniting Church SA Presbytery & Synod office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 22 December, 2017, and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2 January, 2018.

The UC Invest office will be open limited hours (9.30am to 3.30pm) from Wednesday 27 December to Friday 29 December, 2017. UC Invest will resume regular operating hours from 9am on Tuesday 2 January, 2018.


UC e-News holiday dates

UC e-News will take a break over the Christmas and the beginning of 2018. The final UC e-News for 2017 will be sent on Wednesday 20 December; UC e-News will return in 2018 on Wednesday 17 January.

Events can continue to be submitted to the website over Christmas and into the New Year. Events submitted between Friday 22 December and Monday 1 January will not be published until Tuesday 2 January. To submit an event, please fill in the online form here.


CEO/General Secretary announcement

On Thursday 30 November, Rev Nigel Rogers announced that he will be stepping down as CEO/General Secretary of the Uniting Church SA. He and his family feel called to return to their family in Queensland. Nigel will conclude his placement at the end of February 2018. This information was shared in a message from Moderator Rev Sue Ellis, which also included Nigel's personal statement on this decision. 

Standing Committee will meet on Friday 8 December to begin the transition process and discuss the appointment of a new CEO/General Secretary. More information will be shared through UC e-News as it becomes available.

The Uniting Church SA would like to thank Nigel for the time and energy he has given to progress the life of the Presbytery and Synod in South Australia. We offer prayers for Nigel and his family as they prepare to return to Queensland in the New Year.


Aboriginal art at Adelaide West

Adelaide West Uniting Church will host Aboriginal art workshops on Indigenous Painting and Ngarrindjeri Weaving on Friday 8 December. An Aboriginal artist will share insights, techniques and stories in each of the two workshops: painting (10am-12noon) and weaving (12.30-2.30pm). Each workshop costs $15. A light lunch of salad and fruit will be provided at 12noon for people attending both workshops. Paint, canvases and fibres will be provided.

RSVPs are needed by Wednesday 6 December – so get in quick! To RSVP, please text Sean on 0468 912 599 or text Ruth on 0450 694 844.


Christmas services & events

There’s not much longer to get Christmas services and events listed on the Uniting Church SA website!

Uniting Church SA congregations and faith communities are invited to share their Christmas service and event details on the Uniting Church SA website. Please send your service dates, times, locations and titles (e.g. Blue Christmas, Carols Service, etc.) via email to the Communications team at

Special Christmas events (plays, fairs, nativity re-enactments, etc.) can be added to the upcoming events list using the submission form here.


Upcoming events

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

Some of the events coming up this week 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.

Presbytery and Synod meeting: updates and Bible studies

During the Presbytery and Synod meeting (23-25 November), updates were regularly provided via UC e-Updates (using the UC e-News mailing list) and social media, particularly the Uniting Church. Uniting People. Facebook page. The e-Update for the Thursday session of the meeting is available here, Friday is here and Saturday is here.

Craig Mitchell shared two Bible studies at the recent Presbytery and Synod meeting, focussing on nurturing intentional discipleship. These Bible studies are available online with the first study (Friday session) available here and the second study (Saturday session) available here.


2018 Mission & Service Fund response forms

Treasurers are asked to forward to the Synod office their 2018 Mission & Service Fund response forms by Wednesday 20 December, 2017. The form is available online here. The form is set up to automatically calculate the congregation’s contribution. Please print, sign and post this form to Uniting Church SA, Financial Services Team, GPO Box 2145, Adelaide SA 5001. Queries can be directed to Peter Harbison on 8236 4282 or 1300 766 956 for country callers. 


Act for Peace: Christmas Bowl

A vision shared by all churches is: “A peaceful world where all people share a safe, just and dignified life.” Act for Peace seeks to achieve this through humanitarian responses to emergencies, sustainable development projects, working in partnership with local people, and advocacy and education programs in Australia. In 2016, the Christmas Bowl raised $2 million dollars and was able to make a significant contribution to these kinds of peace-building projects.

All are invited to contribute to the Christmas Bowl in 2017 and ensure continuing support will be available to those in great need.

For more information, please visit or phone 1800 025 101.


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