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6 December 2017

UC e-News is the weekly e-newsletter of the Uniting Church in SA. Submit events here and general notices here for inclusion in UC e-News and on the Uniting Church SA website. Items need to be submitted by 10am Wednesday for same day publication. Subscribe to UC e-News here or New Times online here. To subscribe to the Pastoral Note list please email UC e-News.

New Times online

Christmas is a time for giving
Thousands of gifts and more than $330,000 has already been donated to help people across the country this festive season through the UnitingCare and Target Christmas Appeal. Each year, the Appeal provides support and donated toys to thousands of families across Australia. In this article, UnitingSA talks about the importance of the Christmas Appeal and collaboration with the wider community, including groups such as the Toyboys (pictured bottom right).

Taking the reins at Westminster
Westminster School, a Uniting Church coeducational day and boarding school established in 1961, has welcomed Simon Shepherd as its sixth principal. New Times Intern Tasha Crumpler spoke to Simon about his background and his hopes for Westminster students in the article here.

Spotlight on...

CEO/General Secretary announcement

On Thursday 30 November, Rev Nigel Rogers announced that he will be stepping down as CEO/General Secretary of the Uniting Church SA. He and his family feel called to return to their family in Queensland. Nigel will conclude his placement at the end of February 2018. This information was shared in a message from Moderator Rev Sue Ellis, which also included Nigel's personal statement on this decision. 

Standing Committee will meet on Friday 8 December to begin the transition process and discuss the appointment of a new CEO/General Secretary. More information will be shared through UC e-News as it becomes available.

The Uniting Church SA would like to thank Nigel for the time and energy he has given to progress the life of the Presbytery and Synod in South Australia. We offer prayers for Nigel and his family as they prepare to return to Queensland in the New Year.

Event highlight

Carols by the Sea

Saturday 16 December, 1-2.30pm // St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church, Glenelg

Arts by the Sea, in partnership with the Monteverdi Singers, are hosting a free outdoor choral concert of Christmas Carols. All are welcome to attend this child-friendly event to sing along and celebrate this festive season together with members of St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church, Arts by the Sea, and others.

Please note that limited marquee seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Arts by the Sea on 0405 459 214, email artsbythesea@standrewsuc.org.au or visit the Facebook page here.

View the full list of upcoming events here - there are lots of Christmas events happening in the coming weeks!

Want to share your event with the wider Uniting Church SA? Complete the events form here. Information about Christmas church services can be emailed to communications@sa.uca.org.au for inclusion on the website.

News & notices

Click here to read this week's news & notices for information about:

  • Christmas closures - Synod and UC Invest office hours over Christmas and the New Year
  • UC e-News holiday dates - 2017 finish and 2018 start dates for e-News
  • CEO/General Secretary - a repeat of the announcement featured above in "Spotlight on..."
  • Aboriginal art workshops - information about Adelaide West event
  • Christmas services - how to email service details for inclusion on the Uniting Church SA website
  • and links to upcoming events.

Positions/Placements Vacant

Executive Officer (Interim) - Chaplaincy Services SA (part time, fixed term)


Youth Ministry Facilitator / Coordinator - Lighthouse Uniting Church, Geraldton WA (full time, fixed term)

Positions are listed in UC e-News for two consecutive weeks. Read the full list of current positions vacant here.

Placements News is available here.

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection asks readers to take a moment to truly consider the reason Christ was born. Read the full reflection here.