News & notices - 23 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 23 May edition of UC e-News.


Induction service: Rev Diane Bury

An induction service for Rev Diane Bury will be held at Marion Uniting Church on Monday 28 May at 7.30pm. For more information, please contact Joy on 0408 422 182 or email


2018 Pilgrimage of Healing – starts this Sunday!

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.

A Pilgrimage of Healing poster is available to download here.

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


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. It is held annually over three sites, and each site has its own coordinator and team.

This year’s Packing Day events are coming up soon!

Athelstone Uniting Church: Sunday 3 to Monday 4 June, 9am-4pm. More information here.

Marion Uniting Church: Monday 4 to Tuesday 5 June, 9am-5pm (Monday) and 9-11am (Tuesday). More information here.

Balhannah Uniting Church: Wednesday 6 June, 9am-12.30pm. More information here.


The Great Pumpkin Party

Hawker Uniting Church's two-day Great Pumpkin Party is less than two weeks away! The event will be held on Saturday 2 June at the Hawker Institute and Sunday 3 June at Hawker Uniting Church. Over both days, entertainment will be provided by Jacinda Jansen and Timothy Davey and Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis will be the keynote speaker. The Saturday session will be a particularly large celebration featuring pumpkin-related competitions and prizes, plus a delicious meal. Attendees are also invited to bring along pumpkins and non-perishable items to donate to Foodback SA.

Tickets for the Saturday are available to purchase online here - remember to purchase soon for catering purposes! For more information, please visit the Facebook event page here.


Anti-Poverty Network SA: campaign launch event

Anti-Poverty Network SA will launch a new campaign titled “It’s time to raise Newstart” at a special event on Saturday 30 June, 2-5pm, at The Jade (142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide).

Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis will speak at the event alongside other guests and members of the Anti-Poverty Network SA. Speakers and performers will be announced in coming weeks.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page or email


Regional Rumble

Crystal Brook Uniting Church will host a Regional Rumble on Sunday 17 June from 5.30pm - an evening of food, friendship, worship and encouragement across Christian churches in the Mid-North of South Australia.

Regional Rumble is an initiative of some Uniting Church leaders who want to encourage the local churches across the north. People from all churches are welcome to attend. The theme for the June 2018 Regional Rumble is "Rural Mission". 

For more information, please click 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.

UnitingWomen early-bird tickets closing soon

Don't miss out on early-bird registration for the UnitingWomen 2018 conference! Save more than 15% by registering by Thursday 31 May. Registrations can be made online here.

UnitingWomen 2018 will be held in Brisbane from 27-30 September, 2018, and will focus on the theme “Weaving Wisdom and Wonder”. It will be a time for Christian women across Australia to gather, grow and be inspired. The conference’s speakers include Eloise Wellings, Uniting Church in Australia President-elect Deidre Palmer, Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting and many more. Find out more about the speakers and the conference on the website here.

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. Applications close on Monday 16 July. The application form is available to download online here.


Supporting Frontier Services

For over 100 years, Frontier Services Patrol and Bush Chaplains have worked within isolated and remote Australia to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities, simply for the love of helping people. Financial support enables pastoral and dynamic ministry in some of Australia’s most isolated regions.

To support Frontier Services ministry, consider hosting a celebration service and/or fundraising Great Outback BBQ! Order of Service resources for 2018 are available here.


Large print hymn books

Marie Harris, an organist at Newland Memorial Uniting Church, is trying to source half a dozen large print Australian Hymn Books to be used in an aged care facility north of Adelaide. If you or your church are able to donate some books to this cause, please contact Marie via email at


Anti-Poverty Week 2018 – a date for your diaries

Anti-Poverty Week 2018 will run from Sunday 14 to Saturday 20 October. The United Nations has designated 17 October as International Anti-Poverty Day. Please mark these dates in your diaries and begin thinking about activities you or your church could help promote your concerns about poverty and hardship. Further information is available on the Anti-Poverty Week website here.


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.


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