News & notices - 31 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 31 January edition of UC e-News.


Australia Day Honours for UCA members

Uniting Church members were among 895 awardees who received Australia Day Honours, including Norman Ginn from Adare Uniting Church in Victor Harbor. Read more in the New Times online article here.


ACNC Annual Information Statement 2017

For those congregations whose financial year end is 30 June this is a reminder that the 2017 Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Annual Information Statement (AIS) should be completed by 31 January 2018. Submit now to avoid the risk of penalties.

For those congregations whose financial year ends 31 December, the AIS is due by 30 June 2018.

A guide to completing the 2017 AIS is now available on the Uniting Church SA website here.


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.


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


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.


A Lenten Pilgrimage to the Heart

The South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) ecumenical Lenten resource for 2018 is available at It has been prepared by a team from the Community for Ecumenical Learning.

Since the first SACC Ecumenical Lenten Study in 1972, thousands have come together in small groups and have come to know one another better. The SACC hopes that Christians from different traditions will continue to come together in 2018 around the 2018 resource, “A Lenten Pilgrimage to the Heart”, and to reflect on how Lent continues to be meaningful in the midst of today’s complexities and challenges.

To assist with future resource preparation, please let the SACC know if you download and/or use the resource by sending an email to


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.

Easter postcards & posters

The Uniting Church SA Easter campaign has been launched!

This year's postcards and posters feature the words "Do not be fooled, be full of life" in a nod to the fact that Easter Sunday and April's Fool's Day are on the same date in 2018. The back of the postcard includes a quote from Ephesians 3:19. Space is provided on both the postcards and posters for each church's Easter service details.

For more information about the 2018 Easter theme, costs and how to order, please click here or contact the Communications team at


Upcoming ordination and induction services

The ordination of Mark Schultz, Candidate for Minister of the Word, will take place at a service on Monday 12 February, 7pm, at Glenunga Uniting Church.

An induction service for Rev Tony Eldridge will be held at 7pm on Sunday 4 February at Rosefield Uniting Church.


Pastoral Notes

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

On Friday 19 January, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Rev Jean Stirling who passed away on Wednesday 17 January. A later notice included a correction and details for her funeral service, which was held at Christ Church Wayville on Thursday 25 January. Jean was known for her championing of the role of Deacon in the Uniting Church in Queensland and South Australia. Read the Pastoral Note here.

Two Pastoral Notes were also published in December for Rev Dr Glenn Barnett (read the note here) and Rev Clarence Hore (see the note here).

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email


Intergen team – contact phone number correction

The Uniting Church SA Intergen team gave out postcards last year containing information and contact details for the team. An incorrect phone number extension was used. The team apologises for the confusion.

To contact the Intergen Team, please phone 8236 4243 or email

For resources and further information, please visit

Safe Church display poster

Did your congregation receive a copy of the new Safe Church poster? They were available for collection at the November Presbytery Synod meeting and are provided free of charge with the intent that all congregations have one prominently displayed.

If your church does not yet have a poster, please email with the name and address to which you would like a poster to be sent.


Life@death 2018 Exhibition - call for entries

In 2018, the annual Life@death exhibition has the theme “The Day of the Dead”. The organisers are calling interested artists to enter works to address this year’s theme. Entry details and further information about the theme are available from the Gallery One website here.

For further information, please contact Rev Dieter Engler on 0426 813 538. Entries close Monday 26 February. The exhibition will run from 16 March 16th to 11 April at Gallery One.


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