News & notices - 17 January 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 17 January edition of UC e-News.


Mission Resourcing appointments

The Mission and Leadership Development (MLD) ministry centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Schultz as Team Leader, Mission Resourcing, from Monday 16 April. Mark will direct the work of the Mission Resourcing team, in addition to training local churches and leaders in mission planning. Mark will conclude his ministry as pastor of Glenunga Uniting Church in order to take on the Team Leader role. An announcement regarding arrangements for his ordination as a Minister of the Word and his induction as Team Leader will be made once details have been finalised. Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, MLD Executive Officer, will continue in the role of Interim Team Le​ader until Mark starts this placement.

MLD has also welcomed Rev Anne Hewitt. Anne started on Monday 15 January and has taken on a three-month role as Supply Minister. She is assisting Rev Prof Andrew Dutney and the Mission Resourcing team with pastoral support, justice-related projects and other priority tasks.


3Dnet Mission Network Officer announced

Ashlee Littleford has been announced as the new 3Dnet Mission Network Officer. She will be working in a 0.5 FTE capacity and will be based at the Gawler Uniting Church, as she works with the 3Dnet congregations around the state. Ashlee has been involved in schools ministry, youth and young adults ministry, and as a member of the Church Council at Gawler Uniting Church.


Mission & Service Fund Contribution Response Forms now due

As part of congregational and ‘parish’ commitments to the wider Uniting Church, treasurers are reminded to complete and forward their 2018 Mission & Service Fund Contribution Response Form as soon as possible. This helps with budgeting processes for both the congregation and the Presbytery and Synod office.

Forms are available to download here.  For more information, please contact Peter Harbison on (08) 8236 4282 (Country Callers should use 1300 766 956).


Safe Church training in 2018

Have you put the Safe Church training dates in your diary for 2018? A Called to Care orientation session will be held on Sunday 4 February, 1.30-4.30pm, at Balhannah Uniting Church. This session is for members of Church Councils and key church leaders.

For more information about this session and other Safe Church training, please click here. To register, please email


Congregational Website Program – training day

The Communications team has scheduled another opportunity for content editors in the new Full Congregational Website Program to attend a training session. This event will be beneficial to congregations who are already part of the program, as well as those who are considering joining or transitioning to the program. The training session will take place on Tuesday 6 February from 9.30am at the Uniting Church SA Synod office (Level 2, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide). It is anticipated that the training will take approximately three hours, including a short break for morning tea (supplied).

RSVPs are required by COB on Thursday 25 January. For more information or to confirm attendance, please email


Invigor8 Children and Family Ministry Conference

The Invigor8 conference aims to give parents and child & family ministry workers new inspiration, new tools and new perspectives to help invigorate the way we parent and work with children. It will include a smorgasbord of practical tools, resources and ideas, a keynote speaker, workshops, and a free crèche for children from 10 month to 12 years old.

The 2018 event will focus on “Faith in the home” and will be held at Adelaide West Uniting Church on Saturday 24 February from 8.30am (for a 9am start).

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


Child Safe Environments – Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

Bookings are now open for full day and refresher sessions on Child Safe Environments. These courses educate participants about their legal obligation to report reasonable suspicion and concerns about child abuse and neglect. All church leaders, including Elders and Church Council members, are encouraged to participate in training and to maintain their knowledge in this area. This training is offered as part of the Safe Church program of the Uniting Church SA.

For more information about costs, dates and locations or to book online, please click here.


Intergenerational worship resource survey

Throughout 2017, five “Engage Together” intergenerational worship resources were produced by Uniting Church Synods, focussing on the seasons of Lent, Pentecost, After Pentecost, and Advent, with one resource providing a general overview. (This year’s Lent resource is available online here.)

If you looked at and/or used any of the “Engage Together” resources from last year, please consider providing feedback – click here to complete the short 2017 Intergenerational Resources Survey. Please respond before the end of January 2018.


10th anniversary of the National Apology

A community event will be held on Tuesday 13 February to mark 10 years since the National Apology to the Survivors of the Stolen Generation. Organised by Uniting Communities and other community organisations, the event will focus on healing and will feature traditional ceremony, music, art and story-telling, as well as a community BBQ. It will start with a peaceful walk from the southern side of Tarntanyangga/Victoria Square to Veale Gardens in the Adelaide Parklands.

For more information, please visit the Reconciliation SA website or contact Uniting Communities on 8202 5610. The event will be cancelled if temperatures reach above 36 degrees.


Pipe organist required - for those who love to sing

The Brighton Uniting Church congregation highly values – and thoroughly enjoys – having their pipe organ played during Sunday worship services at 10am. Would you like to join them?

The congregation is seeking an organist who is available twice a month on Sundays and who would consider playing for the important church events such as Christmas and Easter. 

Reimbursement for travel is guaranteed and the rest is by negotiation. For more information, please call Rev Dianna Muir on 8298 6528.


Man What a Meal

Man What a Meal is a free cooking program for men over 50, teaching participants how to cook a range of simple, healthy and delicious meals over five weeks. The program starts on Saturday 17 February, 10am-12.30pm (includes lunch), at Dernancourt Uniting Church.

To register, please contact Lisa on 0400 790 438. This program is funded by the Office of the Ageing, Grants for Seniors.


Uniting College courses in February

Uniting College for Leadership & Theology and Adelaide College of Divinity are offering two intensive courses in the coming weeks. Christian Education will be held from 12-16 February and led by Deidre Palmer. Tim Hein, Graham Humphris and Christy Capper will lead a church planting intensive from 19-23 February.

A six week course on God the Trinity will also be held on Tuesday afternoons starting from 27 February, led by Graham Buxton and Pat Fox.

For more information about these courses, please email


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.

Moderator’s Christmas message

Did you catch up on Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis’ Christmas message on “From love to life”? It is still available to view online or download here.


Red Dove Cafe 2017 – donation of funds

The Red Dove Cafe Committee’s mission is to raise funds to specifically support mission projects in South Australia. The Café raises funds by offering hospitality and delicious homemade food each year at the Royal Adelaide Show.

In 2017, the Cafe moved to a new location at the Show. Thanks to the many dedicated regular and first time volunteer helpers, and great support from the RHAS, $63,000 of the funds raised by Red Dove Café in 2017 have been donated to various projects. Recipients include Disability, Prison and Mental Health Chaplaincy, Rural and Remote Ministry, Adelaide Congress Ministry, Peterborough and CitySoul Uniting Church, as well as Kairos prison ministry.

Red Dove Café will operate again during the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show. More information about the café and any volunteer opportunities will be provided through UC e-News and New Times.

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