News & notices - 9 May 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 9 May edition of UC e-News.


Assembly papers now online

The first round of papers for the 15th Triennial Meeting of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly have now been released online on the Assembly website here and through the app (browse "UCA Assembly" here). These include a number of reports, papers and proposals that will be considered at the upcoming meeting. 

Last week, Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis released a message related to Assembly and a series of listening forums she intends to hold in the coming months. Please read the full message here.

The Assembly meeting will run from 8-14 July, 2018, in Melbourne. Please subscribe to the Assembly email list here to receive updates.


Opening service for the 2018 parliamentary year

An opening service for the 2018 parliamentary year will be held on Thursday 10 May, 8-8.45am, at St Peter’s Cathedral (27 King William Road, North Adelaide). All are invited to join in prayer with the SA Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, leaders of Christian churches in SA, members of the SA Parliament and other community leaders.


2018 Act for Peace Ration Challenge

The 2018 Act for Peace Ration Challenge has launched! This initiative invites people to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (17-24 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.


2018 Pilgrimage of Healing

The Pilgrimage of Healing has run annually since 2011 as a part of Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), supported by Mission Resourcing, the Uniting Church SA Covenanting Committee and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (Congress). The project offers support for the development of Indigenous communities within the Uniting Church SA and Congress, and chooses a different focus each year.

In 2018, the Pilgrimage of Healing will focus on the Oodnadatta Faith Community’s vision for a new church building. The community currently meets for worship and ministry in an open air area, which can be difficult in times of inclement weather. Support can be provided by the donation of funds, prayer or asking the community what practical support is needed.

For more information, please contact Mark Kickett ( or Ian Dempster (


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.

UnitingWomen conference: bursary applications open

A bursary is available for Uniting Church women in South Australia who wish to attend the UnitingWomen 2018 conference in Brisbane from 27-30 September this year.

The bursary is being offered by Moderator Rev Sue Ellis and has been made possible due to the huge success of the UnitingWomen 2016 conference, which was held in Adelaide. Applications for the bursary are considered on merit. Successful applicants will be required to write a reflective account of their experience after attending the conference.

Applications close on Monday 16 July. All candidates will be contacted about the outcome of their application no later than Friday 10 August. The application form is available to download online here.

Facebook group has been created for women from the Uniting Church in South Australia who are considering whether to attend the UnitingWomen 2018 conference. 

For more information about UnitingWomen 2018, please visit the conference website or email


Reminder: ASNC 2017 Information Statements due

2017 Annual Information Statements are due soon for most congregations. If your congregation reports on a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) the 2017 Annual Information Statement must be submitted by 30 June 2018.

Visit the Finance page on the Uniting Church SA website here to access helpful resources, including a step-by-step guide and checklist.


Sally Stamp

Sally Stamp had an exceptional year in 2016 and raised over $7,000 towards freight and relocation costs for South Pacific School Aid Inc. to send shipments to the Pacific Islands and beyond. The group was also able to donate $1,000 to Frontier Services Outback Patrol. Thanks to all who have contributed!

This year, Sally Stamp has committed up to $1,000 for South Pacific School Aid Inc.

Sally Stamp asks that people continue to send stamps to the Uniting Church SA office to help with this ministry. The group also suggests that people consider asking local businesses to save their stamps; doctor's surgeries are one of the best sources of stamps! Any donations of private collections no longer required are also gratefully received.

Stamps should be sent to: Sally Stamp, Uniting Church SA, GPO Box 2145, Adelaide SA 5001. Pick-up can sometimes be arranged.

For more information, please contact Maxine Haines (Convenor) on 0427 972 417 or email


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held from 13-20 May on the theme, “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power” (Exodus 15:6). Resources, including daily reflections, a worship resource, sermon notes and notes for organisers, are based on the international material for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. They have been adapted for Australian use by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia. The resources are available online here.


A Taizé Brother visits Adelaide

A Taizé Brother will visit Adelaide from 29-30 May in 2018 and will share at two events.

Inexhaustible Joy is a workshop and prayer service for young adults (aged 16-30) being held at Brougham Place Uniting Church. The event will be held on Tuesday 29 May, starting with dinner at 6pm. Registrations are requested via email:

A Taizé prayer service will be held on Wednesday 30 May from 7pm at St Peter’s Cathedral (27 King William Road, North Adelaide). All are welcome.


Pews available

Lameroo Uniting Church no longer requires their pews. They invite any interested parties to make an offer. For more information, or to make an offer, please contact John Barrett on 0458 763 310.


Churches and reconciliation: a webinar

TEAR Australia will host a conversation between Adelaide West Uniting Church and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) on Wednesday 30 May from 7.30pm. Presented as an online webinar, the conversation will explore how one local church has gone on a journey towards reconciliation.

Ruth Harbinson-Gresham (Church Council, Adelaide West Uniting Church), Mark Kickett (State Development and Outreach Coordinator, UAICC) and Esmond (retired Uniting Church minister) will talk through some of the initiatives that they have been involved in over the last five years and reflect on what has worked and what has not as they have journeyed toward reconciliation.

This online webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please click here.


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