News & notices - 14 February 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 14 February edition of UC e-News.


Seeking volunteers for KCO!

The KCO team is looking for volunteers to help out with different aspects of the children’s camp on Saturday 17 and/or Sunday 18 March!

The Create session of KCO provides a time for campers to engage in different creative arts and craft activities. Volunteers are needed to supervise the activities, and to share a craft or other creative activities. People who have been involved in Messy Church may be able to share their expertise to enrich the Create session.

The KCO team is also looking for volunteers to help with admin, welcome, security, traffic management, the community tree, and event logistics.

For more information or to volunteer, please email


KCO travel assistance grants

Travel assistance grants for KCO 2018 close on Monday 19 February. Groups who would like to apply for travel assistance need to send an email before that date to


Upcoming Safe Church training

The next opportunity to participate in a Called to Care orientation session is coming up on Saturday 3 March at Brougham Place Uniting Church. Members of church council and key leaders are invited to spend some valuable time focusing on safe ministry at this training session. Register an intention to attend by Wednesday 28 February by phone on 8236 4248 or email


New campus orientation day

New, potential and existing student of Uniting College for Leadership & Theology are invited to attend an orientation day to learn more about the refreshed Brooklyn Park campus. The orientation day will be held from 9.30am on Thursday 22 February and will conclude with a provided lunch to be served around 12.30pm. No RSVP necessary. Read more here.


Lent Event 2018: Faith in Action

Faith in Action is UnitingWorld’s theme for Lent 2018, highlighting the challenges facing people in the Pacific and engaging congregations in raising funds for vital projects in the region. Participating congregations can sign up and receive promotional material from UnitingWorld at

Limited promotional material is available from Mission Resourcing by contacting Bev Freeman on 8236 4243 or


Christmas Bowl appeal: 2017 donations

Once again there has been a generous response to the 2017 Christmas Bowl appeal, which is run annually by Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Those who are still holding donations for the Christmas Bowl appeal are asked to please forward them to the Act for Peace office as soon as possible. These funds can then be forwarded to the relevant projects.

For more information, please visit or contact Act for Peace on 1800 025 101 or 


Seeking additional SMG Board Members

Schools Ministry Group (SMG) is seeking applications for board directors (volunteer positions). Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to contribute to sound governance practices, and have a desire and commitment to improving outcomes and business practices for SMG. The Board is seeking applications from prospective applicants with skills in areas including Primary and Secondary Education, marketing, public relations, media engagement, public policy/advocacy, legal/compliance, technology/IT, fundraising and risk management.

Please apply at or call Griffin Farley on 8212 0999.


Receptive Ecumenism workshops

Inter-Church Councils, parishes and congregations who would like to explore the practical application of Receptive Ecumenism are invited to approach the South Australian Council of Churches about running a workshop on this topic.

For more information, please contact Geraldine Hawkes on 8215 0300 or email 


World Council of Churches invites internship applications from young people

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites applications of church-engaged young people aged 21-29 to undertake an internship at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva in 2018. The 18-month programme welcomes four young people to work at the WCC headquarters, followed by a six-month placement in one’s own country. More information is available online here. Applications close on Thursday 15 March.


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.

Religious freedom review: resources

An independent panel has begun its review of religious freedoms in Australia, to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.

The general public is invited to make submissions to the panel. The deadline for submissions is today (Wednesday 14 February, 2018). For details click here.

Local Christian leaders, including Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis, recently gathered for a round table discussion about this topic. These leaders have prepared a resource to assist people preparing submissions. It is available to download from the South Australian Council of Churches website.

The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly will make a submission to the review panel. Assembly has also released a discussion guide for use by churches and members. It is available online here.


Train the Trainer workshop: prevention of violence against women

On the closing day of the November 2017 Presbytery and Synod meeting, a group gathered over lunch to discuss the impact of violence against women and its prevention. There was agreement that a pool of trainers/leaders available to run workshops around domestic violence should be re-established.

Uniting Church President-Elect Dr Deidre Palmer will lead a free training workshop for those who want to be part of a small group of trainers. Those who wish to undertake this training should be willing to be available to speak with congregations and groups who want to understand the impact of violence against women and its prevention.

The Training for Trainers workshop will be held on Saturday 24 February, 10am-3pm, with lunch provided. It will provide preparation for those who want to lead local small workshops based on the Domestic Violence Handbook. It will be held at Uniting Communities (10 Pitt Street, Adelaide). For more information, or to book, please click here.


Request for art for Good Friday display

An Images of Easter art display will be held on Good Friday (30 March) in Henley Square from 9am-4pm. Organiser Malcolm Rawlings is asking to loan art pieces on this theme to be part of the display. For more information, please contact Malcolm on 0431 329 607.


Actor callout for Easter

This year, Spicer Uniting Church is again hosting their Easter Sights and Sounds performances.

Spicer is calling all budding and potential actors to help them make this year another great success. They are particularly looking for actors to play Jesus, Peter, John and James. There aren't many lines to learn.

Easter Sights and Sounds is run the week before Palm Sunday and the focus audience is primary school students (about 1,000 attend). The performances are on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

For more information, please visit the Spicer website here or contact Helen in the Spicer Office on 8362 3771 or email


Bibles for Bubs

Is your church looking for a way to bless families with a newborn to one-year-old and encourage their faith development? The Bible Society is gifting 1,000 babies born between 1 January, 2017, and 7 March, 2018, a free Read and Share Toddler Bible. Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents or carers can apply for the Bible. To find about more about donating or to apply for a Bible, please visit


World Day of Prayer: Friday 2 March

The 2018 World Day of Prayer service has been prepared by women of Suriname, a small country in the north of South America. They chose the theme “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” Local services will be held across South Australia. At present, details are known only for the city service – it will be held on Friday 2 March from 1pm at Flinders Street Baptist Church (65 Flinders Street, Adelaide).  All are welcome to attend.


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