News & notices - 28 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 28 February edition of UC e-News.


Papua New Guinea earthquake

On 26 February, a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the southern highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Dozens have been killed and hundreds injured as homes and buildings collapsed. Landslides and sinkholes are still threatening lives, and the death toll is expected to rise as the rescue teams get to more remote areas. Homes, schools, churches, health clinics have been destroyed. Many buildings that didn’t collapse are now too dangerous to enter.

The United Church in Papua New Guinea are calling for prayers and support as they respond to the urgent needs of affected people.

UnitingWorld, the Uniting Church in Australia’s international aid agency, has created the Papua New Guinea Earthquake Appeal to help support people in the region. To donate or find out more, please click here.


Further date change for Jesse Size’s ordination

Please note that the date for the ordination of Jesse Size has been changed. His ordination service is now expected to take place in May. The date, time and location are still to be confirmed, but will be announced via UC e-News when available.


KCO Dress Rehearsal

A dress rehearsal for KCO will be held this Saturday 3 March. Two session times were originally offered, but the afternoon session has now been cancelled due to lack of numbers. The morning session will go ahead with those who have expressed an interest. For more information, please email


Disaster & Recovery Ministries SA training opportunity

Disaster and Recovery Ministries chaplains provide pastoral and spiritual care for communities who are recovering from disasters, particularly natural disasters such as bushfires.

Disaster and Recovery Ministries encourage those who feel called to chaplaincy in this area to prayerfully consider attending the next two-day training session, which will be held on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March, from 9.30am-4.30pm each day.

For more information about Disaster and Recovery chaplaincy or the upcoming training opportunity, please contact Disaster and Recovery Ministries Coordinator Wendy Perkins on 8236 4284 or email


Adelaide Palm Sunday Rally – Walk for Justice for Refugees

At 2pm on Palm Sunday (25 March), Justice for Refugees SA and Amnesty International Australia will hold the annual Walk for Justice for Refugees rally. This event is promoted by the South Australian Council of Churches and a number of Uniting Church congregations are involved. The rally will provide an opportunity to show support for refugees in off-shore detention. The themes of the rally are peace, welcome and permanent protection.

This year, Justice for Refugees SA is inviting choirs and singers to participate in the rally along with Rise Up Singing. Individuals and full choirs are welcome. The music is available online here; a rehearsal will be held prior to the rally from 12-1.30pm at a venue to be advised.

For more information about the rally or the music, please visit the Facebook page here.


National Mission Pioneer Gathering

A National Mission Pioneer Gathering will be held from 24-26 May at Maroochydore Waterfront Camp & Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Mission pioneers are people experimenting with different ways to be in mission and share the gospel, and who are birthing new forms of church for people who ‘don’t do church’. All Uniting Church members interested in these topics are invited to attend. For more information, please click here or contact Jilian Bow on (07) 3366 0236.


Curt Anderson available to visit churches

Curtis “Curt” Anderson, an American Christian musician and worship leader, will be in Australia from 25 May to 1 June, 2018. Curt has a number of available day and evening times available for churches who wish him to be involved in a church service or workshops on music or worship leading. He is available to visit as a speaker or solo artist, and may be able to bring a band with him. For more information, please contact Teagan Schnek via email at


SA History Festival

South Australia’s History Festival will be held throughout May 2018. The Uniting Church SA Historical Society will host an event on Sunday 29 April, 2.30-4pm, as part of the “Open Doors: Built Heritage Weekend”. This event will be held at Wesley Kent Town Uniting Church, hosted in conjunction with members of the Wesley congregation. It will include a tour of the building, information about the pipe organ and a talk from a local historian. Afternoon tea will be included. For more information, please email


World Day of Prayer – this Friday!

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. Morialta Uniting Church will hold a service on Friday 2 March at 10am. An Adelaide service will be held on Friday 2 March from 1pm at Flinders Street Baptist Church (65 Flinders Street, Adelaide).  All are welcome to attend.


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.

Code of Ethics course

The Code of Ethics initial, non-accredited course is essential study for candidates for ministry, ministry of pastor, and ministers transferring from other denominations. The next Code of Ethics training will be held on Friday 2 March at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology. It costs $66 per person. Pre-course work will be required and must be completed before the day of the course. To register and find out about the pre-course work, please email Ann Philips at


Induction service for Rev Sunil “Sunny” Kapandarabil

Rev Sunil “Sunny” Kapandarabil will be inducted into the Parkin-Sturt Patrol at 7pm on Friday 9 March at Quorn Uniting Church. All are welcome to attend this special service and the light supper that will follow. Please bring finger food to share, if possible.


Uniting Church SA Historical Society meeting

The next meeting of the Uniting Church SA Historical Society will be held on Sunday 4 March from 2.30pm at Church of the Trinity. It will focus on the theme “Primitive Methodists” and will be led by Rosemary Mitchell. For more information, please contact Rev Doug Hosking via email at


The Great Pumpkin Party – seeking volunteers!

Hawker Uniting Church is currently organising The Great Pumpkin Party, an exciting community event to be held over two days on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June.

The organisers are hoping this will be a huge event with members of the community and other churches getting involved. They’re calling for volunteers to help make this event extra special, and are particularly looking for help with set-up on Friday 1 June, people to make salads for the Saturday, and assistance with food serving on Saturday evening.

Volunteers who don’t live close to Hawker may be able to stay with members of the church if they wish to come and help out.

For more information, please contact Nigel Pratt on 0458 581 353 or email


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


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