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9th November 2021

Synod Expo Update

The Berri Expo was a great success on Saturday, November 6th and was the last in the expo series held during September through to early November. Berri  hosted a day of connecting and sharing, including a range of workshops: Renewing in Diversity, Property Management and Going Deeper into Luke’s Gospel.

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A summary of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from the Uniting Church in SA Synod Standing Committee meeting held on 15th October 2021 are now available. This summary includes information in regards to appointments and the tabling of various reports.

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2022 Calendar Orders Early-bird extended!

Each year the Uniting Church in SA produces a Calendar with important dates and lectionary readings related to the life of the church. Orders for the 2022 Calendar are now open and 'early-bird' pricing has been extended until 10th November 2021. Details are available on the Synod website.

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Christmas Postcard Orders Now Open!

Postcards are a great way to inform congregations and your wider local communities about Christmas service times. Ordering of postcards and accompanying posters can be placed from now up until 10th November 2021 with details available on the Synod website.


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Christmas Worship Services

As you prepare for the coming Christmas season, please email through your congregation's service times to Engagement so they can be listed on the 'Uniting Church Christmas Services 2021' page of the Synod website. All other events (other than worship services) should be submitted via the Events form in the usual way.

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Event Highlight

Cuisine & Culture in Conversation for Palestine Advocates. There are two opportunities to engage with Palestine in a different way, whilst raising funds for Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN). An online cooking class; and host a ‘Peace Meal,’ a dinner party in the weeks following the cooking class.

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Live-Streaming or Recording Worship

It is required by Privacy law that people attending worship that is to be live streamed or video recorded be given the option to not be filmed and/or recorded. Please ensure that you have signs notifying people that the service is to be live streamed/recorded, and that it is announced at the commencement of worship. You must give people the chance to opt out – that is, to move to a location that is not visible on the live stream/video recording. For more information, please contact the Synod Privacy Officer, Rev Sue Page spage@sa.uca.org.au.

Upcoming Events

Please note, many gatherings of people in SA may be further impacted by recent COVID-19 restrictions. The list below is the most up-to-date information available at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Upcoming events:

  • Tarooki's 60th Celebrations >>>
  • Online Book Launch: Call to Discipleship >>>
  • Parenting Workshop >>>
  • Evensong >>>
  • Quiet Day: Praying with the Mystics >>>
  • Circle of Friends >>>
  • Relax into Christmas >>>
  • Amicus Strings - Live arts at Newland >>>
  • Journeying ... beyond belief >>>
  • Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Cuisine & Culture in Conversation >>>
  • 16 Days against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence >>>
  • Gingerbread Event >>>
  • Payneham Road Uniting Church Organ Concert >>>
  • Cutting of the Ties >>>

Want to share your event with the wider Uniting Church in SA? Complete the Events Form here.


Prayer Points

This week we pray for:

  • For communities across the world that are regularly experiencing suffering and trauma, especially Sudan, Afghanistan, Ghana, Haiti and Iraq
  • We pray for the more than 650 million living women and girls who, according to UNICEF, were married as children. Within the next decade as many as 110 million more are expected to be married before they turn 18
  • We pray for those more vulnerable and susceptible to COVID-19 – that they may be protected from harm in this time of great uncertainty.



Social Influencers are not a new phenomenon. Even Jesus outed ‘Influencers’ in his time, even the ‘teachers of the Law.’ There are people who have a positive influence in our community, and people whose influence causes distress, hurt, and even long-lasting grief.


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