News & notices - 20 September 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 20 September edition of UC e-News.


SAYCO registrations – close today!

After a short deadline extension, SAYCO registrations are closing today (Wednesday 20 September). Parents and campers who need more information about registration should contact their church’s Group Coordinator.


Positive Parenting: Pre-Teens – starts tonight!

Over two sessions, Clinical Social Worker Vina Hotich will present "Eight Going on 18" at the Effective Living Centre. Pre-teens present specific challenges such as exposure to commercially ruthless adult themes and cyberspace dangers. These flexible sessions deal with particular interests and concerns and cover parental approaches to developmental tasks, on-going attachment needs and keep pre-teens safe.

Part 1 will be held on Wednesday 20 September and Part 2 will be held on Wednesday 25 October. Both sessions run from 7.30-9.30pm. For more information, please click here.


40th Anniversary Ageing and Wellness Grant

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church, the Board of Resthaven Incorporated has generously donated $250,000 to the Synod of South Australia. The donated funds are to be used by congregations, faith communities and mission networks to contribute to positive ageing of older individuals in the congregation and community. For more information about the grants and how to apply, please click here.


UnitingWorld Disaster Preparation Appeal

Natural disasters are an increasing threat globally, particularly to our neighbours in the Pacific. In the aftermath of disasters, Australians will often feel compelled to donate to those experiencing tragedy, providing much needed support. But giving before disaster strikes can have an even greater impact and can save lives. UnitingWorld have created a Disaster Preparation Appeal to help communities to be better prepared before natural disasters hit. Find out more on the UnitingWorld 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 an ecumenical International Peace Day event at St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide, a free International Day of Peace supper at St Andrew’s by the Sea Uniting Church, a Friday Forum with Rev Charles Strong at the Effective Living Centre, KCO on the Eyre Peninsula, an open garden and morning tea in Richmond to raise funds for Frontier Services, a quiz night at Morialta Uniting Church, Oxjam Gigs for Good at Bridgewater Uniting Church, Blessing of the Animals at St Jude’s Anglican Church (in conjunction with Brighton Uniting Church), a community hymn festival at The Vines Uniting Church, a workshop about dementia at Spicer Uniting Church, and the September meeting of the State Mission Fellowship at Scots Uniting Church.

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.

Seeking a Convener for Packing Day

Packing Day is an activity of the National and World Mission Support Team affiliated with Uniting Church Adult Fellowships in SA, and working in partnership with the International Mission office of the Synod. Packing Day gathers quality second-hand clothes to send to certain op shops and residential care facilities in central and northern Australia, in addition to a small number of schools. Limited amounts of linen are also collected and distributed. Packing Day events are generally held at several Uniting Church locations – currently, Athelstone, Balhannah and Marion. Each site has its own coordinator and team.

A new convener is being sought to take direction of the “big picture” for Packing Day and manage some of the administrative, communication and pastoral elements of the events.

For more information, please click here or email Max Howland at


Operation Santa

Operation Santa – youth helping youth, doing it tough. This year’s Operation Santa will be held on Friday 10 November – mark it in your planners and register now! For more information about Operation Santa, please click here. To register, please click here.


New Glenelg arts program

“Arts by the Sea” is a new creative arts program in the City of Holdfast Bay. Launched in August 2017 at St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church, it aims to enhance community life and foster social inclusion through engagement with the arts and encountering the creative Spirit. To learn more about events on offer, please click here.


2017 Anti-Poverty Week Conference

Attack Poverty – Not the Poor” is an Anti-Poverty Week event organised by people living with poverty. The event will be held at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church on Friday 20 October, 10am-4.30pm, and Saturday 21 October, 12noon-6.30pm. Opportunity will be provided for conversation, sharing stories and hearing calls to action, and will include input from John Falzon (St Vincent de Paul), Liz Temple (Community and Public Sector Union), Valerie Farfella (Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union) and Tauto Sansbury (Narungga Elder). Costs vary according to whether the attendee is a low income person (optional donation), a community worker or ‘other’. Transport assistance and childcare are available.

For more information, please click here or contact Anti-Poverty Network SA via email at


World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel (17-24 September)

During the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel, which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organisations, congregations and people of faith are encouraged to make a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of supports to support peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. Click here for more information.

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