News & notices - 11 October 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 11 October edition of UC e-News.


Presbytery & Synod meeting – Intention to Attend

On Monday 9 October, the Uniting Church SA Secretariat team emailed online invitations to the upcoming Presbytery and Synod meeting, which will be held at Adelaide West Uniting Church from 23-25 November. In this email, members and elected congregation/faith community representatives were asked to register their Intention to Attend.

Secretariat are utilising a new, online event management system and have been experiencing some technical difficulties with the set-up. The system is now working, but if you continue to experience any difficulties, please email"> or phone 8236 4200.

All general meeting information and reports will be available for download from the Uniting Church SA website and the Yapp App. Please check regularly for updates and notifications via the app (download the Yapp app from smart phone app stores, use the code “Y7XMVT” and select the documents tab to view papers).


Calendars & postcard orders – online payment issue resolved

There has been an issue with online orders for the Uniting Church SA’s 2017 Christmas postcards and 2018 calendar, with many congregations finding that their card details were not accepted. This issue has now been resolved and orders can be placed.

Find out more or order 2017 Christmas postcards here. Orders close Wednesday 18 October.

Find out more or order 2018 calendar orders here. Orders close Wednesday 8 November.


Remembrance Service for Pregnancy & Infant Loss

October is the month when pregnancy and infant loss are acknowledged and remembered internationally. In recognition of this, a service of remembrance will be held at Flinders Private Hospital in the Level 6 Walkway on Sunday 29 October at 4pm. This will be a time to reflect and remember, to recognise loss, and to embrace love.

For further information, please contact Rev Robyn Caldicott on 8275 3498 or email


Regenerating Places of Faith Conference

The Regenerating Places of Faith Conference will be held on Monday 30 October at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church. The conference will explore how congregations can be strengthened by restoring and adapting historic church buildings for worship and as innovative places that enable communities to flourish.

For more information or to register, please visit the National Trust website here.


SURRENDER Adelaide – full program now available!

This year, the annual SURRENDER Conference is themed “Embodying the Way” and will be held at Marion Church of Christ from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October. It will look at the ways people can work together to embody mission, justice, community and prayer in local communities and the world. The full program is now available online here. Registrations are still open and can be made using the same link.


Exciting developments for Ernabella/Pukatja Dialysis Facility

Uniting Communities’ Paper Tracker newsletter reports that after years of lobbying and hard work from Anangu Elders and The Purple House, as well as many other organisations, plans are underway to establish a community-based dialysis facility in Ernabella/Pukatja. This means that people with kidney disease who need dialysis will be able to choose to go home. In order to make this a reality more funds are needed to run the centre for the first 12 months before SA Health begins providing financial support. As a result, there’s a big fundraising drive happening!

Artists from across the APY Lands have painted and donated their works for an art auction, which is being held at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide) on Sunday 15 October, 12.30-3.30pm. Everyone is invited to come along to support the auction and see all the wonderful art on display. 

For more information about the dialysis centre or the fundraising event, please visit the Western Desert Dialysis website 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.

KCO 2018 Launch on Children's Sunday

The KCO team has been busily preparing to launch the KCO theme for 2018, and thought it would be a great idea for churches to launch the theme on Children's Sunday (22 October 2017)!

Find out more about Children' Week, Children's Sunday and the KCO 2018 launch by downloading the launch pack and/or PowerPoint slides on the KCO webpage here.

Read the full KCO update online 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 Thursday 28 September, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Elizabeth Finnegan who passed away on Sunday 24 September. Elizabeth served as the sixth Moderator of the SA Synod from 1887-89. She was the first lay person and the first woman to hold the office of Moderator. A memorial service for Elizabeth will be held at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church on Monday 27 November from 2pm. Read the note online here.

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


Information session for Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

An information evening for Tabor’s Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction will be held on Thursday 19 October. This course is designed to form, prepare and equip students who desire to explore a calling to the ministry of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is not offered by Uniting College for Leadership & Theology.

For more information about the course please click here. To register interest in the information session please click here.

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