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2004 2005Annual Report
Uniting Church Synod of South Australia
Uniting Church . . . there when it counts
An innovative, growing church An innovative, growing church An innovative, growing church An innovativeGreeting
The past year has been one full of contrasts.
In December 2004, a Tsunami swept through Southern Asia and just over two weekslater, tragedy struck closer to home with fires devastating the Eyre Peninsula. TheChurch responded to both of those events with compassion and practical assistance.The SA Synod, through UC Invest, gave $500,000 to Tsunami relief. We also released$58,000 to support victims of the Eyre fires.
While the pain of those events is unimaginable for most of us, we have been part ofsharing the love of Christ through those donations and the ministry of individuals whoserved on behalf of the Uniting Church.
The SA Synod also provided a pivotal point in the faith journey of many young peoplewhen it hosted the National Christian Youth Convention in Adelaide in January.
The 2004-05 Annual Report illustrates these and many other stories. These stories areyour stories. Not only because church members donated over $1 million towards theUniting Churchs ministry last year, but because these stories are interwoven with yourown unique stories of ministry and lives changed in your own local area.
May the stories inspire all of us to discover afresh how God is calling us as individualsand faith communities to share the love of Jesus Christ.
Grace and Peace
Rev Dr Graham Humphris Rev Stuart CameronModerator General Secretary
Uniting Church(SA Synod) VisionStatement
An innovative, growingchurch proclaiming JesusChrist, empowered by theSpirit to transform Godsworld.
Such a church will be:
Passionate about knowing
God and making God
Focused on empowering
congregations and faith
communities for effective
ministry in diverse contexts.
Committed to initiate and
embrace change, freeing
resources for new
Purposeful in identifying,
developing and using
Deliberate in identifying,
equipping and releasing
leaders for ministry.
innovative in caring for
Proactive in working with
God for justice for all
Front cover photos:
Congress Minister, David Wright, with children at KCO (KUCA Camp Out). Jenny Charlesworth trained church leaders in Papua New Guinea - participants made hand puppets for telling modern day
stories with a Christian message. Rev Diane Bury and members of the Morialta congregation. Candles were lit at a prayer station for Tsunami victims during the National Christian Youth Convention. Photo: photos.com
Back cover photos:
Campers at KCO (KUCA Camp Out) raised money towards bikes for 15 children who lost theirs in the Eyre Peninsula fires. When people in Jaffna, South India, lost their boats in the tsunami, they also lost their livelihood. Volunteers in Mission,
Bev and Trevor Watson, donated a fishing boat. Members of the Berri Uniting Church. Volunteer in Mission, Valerie Bartlett, has co-ordinated a Sponsor a Guitar program that has so far sent over 80 guitars to
Vanuatu. Pictured are young people from Vanuatu.
When bush fires raced through Lower EyrePeninsula on Black Tuesday, the Uniting Churchwas there. Members are volunteer CFS firefighters. They experienced first hand the pain andloss of a bushfire.
Local ministers and Uniting Church people werepart of the relief effort, providing practicalsupport such as food and accommodation,counselling and help seeking governmentassistance.
Nine lives were lost, and in small communities,this grief touches everyone. Ministers arrangedfunerals and community memorial services. OurModerator attended many.
Hope springs from tragedy
Secretariat The Secretariat provides practical
and pastoral support to
congregations and church leaders.
500 people attended the 2004
Synod and Mission Expo at
the Royal Adelaide
As part of an on-going
commitment to mission, we
moved towards the formation
of the Presbytery Synod
Mission Network with one
presbytery, one Synod and a
number of mission networks.
People were encouraged to
worship with the Uniting
Church at Christmas thanks
to the Communications and
Public Relations units Dont
Be Alone this Christmas
1,700 children attended KCO
(KUCA Camp Out) with
strong representation from
Sudanese and Aboriginal
Young people attending
SAYCO (SA Youth Camp Out)
took part in leadership
workshops thanks to a Uniting
Uniting Church Adult
Fellowships continued to
represent over 200 groups and
KUCA News provided up-to-
date Australian reproducible
resources for adults working
with children in any Christian
The Uniting Church provided
key financial and volunteer
support to the Jesus: All
About Life media campaign,
and a range of other
The local communities are so grateful for thesupport they received. People to listen money to replace lost goods heaps ofclothes and household items all lovinglyprovided.
The rebuilding of fences, sheds, houses andlives continues. But so does the loving supportof those who come from all over Australia withtheir caravans and tools to lend a helping hand.
In the midst of tragedy, we see Gods unfailinglove and compassion on all who suffer.
Rev Sybil Peacock
A CFS crew responds to the fires on Lower EyrePeninsula on January 11 2005. While the fires lastedabout 24 hours, the process of supporting and caringfor victims of the fire continues. Photo courtesy of SnrSgt Andrew Grant, Lock Police Station.
Dart, Daniel and Byron havinga splashing good time atSAYCO 2005.
Moderator, Rev Dr GrahamHumphris, and GeneralSecretary, Rev Stuart Cameron.Photo courtesy of TheAdvertiser.
Young people from Parafield GardensUniting Church featured in theAdvertiser, as part of a story profilingour Dont Be Alone this Christmascampaign. Photo courtesy of TheAdvertiser.
Practical and pastoral supportFocused on empowering congregations Focused on empowering congregations Focused on empowering congregation
CommunityEnthusiastic about celebrating God Enthusiastic about celebrating God Enthusiastic about celebrating God
The television series Big Brother, has inspired acongregation to lock up some of their churchmembers for two weeks.
Goolwa Uniting Church is a vibrant congregationwith a service called DriveTime on Wednesdaynights.
DriveTime provides an alternative time and forumfor exploring faith.
It is geared towards people who arent churchgoers and those looking for an alternative,explains Associate Pastor, Deb Sorenson.
The service, which started in May, has 40 60
people attending. It starts with coffee andconcludes with a meal.
We do things differently theres drama, multi-media it is always interactive.
Perhaps different is best illustrated by thedecision to send four housemates to a secretlocation in Goolwa. The housemates took on thechallenge of living kingdom principles. Notonly did they have to deal with each other andintruders but they also undertook communityprojects. And just like the television show, theywere on display with live web cam and footageshown during DriveTime.
Big Brother comes to church
Pictured above: Deb Sorenson withChris Sporn, who hosted the Big
Brother project in her house on thesand hills at Goolwa. To find out
more about the churchs ministry:www.goolwauniting.com
Congregations350 congregations are the local
focus of the Uniting Churchs
ministry in South Australia.
Around 23,000 peopleworship in our churchesaround the State.
The Uniting Church SAlaunched a 1300 numberto enable country membersto call the Synod for thecost of a local call. Thenumber is 1300 766 956.
Grant-in-aid totalling$31,000 was donated tothree congregations whowere facing financialchallenges in 2004 -$25,000 to Eyre Presbyteryand $6,000 to Fleurieu.
The Helping Hand Aged Carecongregation with Rev Gayle McClimont.
Clare hosted the Ecumenical Trans Tasman RuralMinistry Conference in October 2004. Pictured arehosts Ian and Jan Trengove.
David Holden and Rev Ashley Davis by the youthwall at Adelaide West Uniting Church. The themeis: Think big, dream big and it can happen.
MissionEffective and innovative in ministry Effective and innovative in ministry Effective and innovative in ministr
Whether you live in Enfield or Berri, Ascot Park orCampbelltown our congregations are changing.
There has been a significant increase in thenumbers of refugees, migrants and internationalstudents worshipping in our congregations.
While people come from a range of countries such as Korea and Indonesia the largestnumber of people has come from Africa, andparticularly Sudan.
Ascot Community Uniting Church, home to theMission Resourcing Networks Centre for Multi-cultural Ministries, has intentionally developed itsministry to people from different backgroundsthrough English language classes and developingfriendship links with international students atFlinders University.
For other congregations, people have simplyarrived at church, says co-ordinator, MerylGemo.
For others, journeying with asylum seekers hasled to much cross-cultural learning.
Changing face of ministry
No matter the congregation the issues are thesame. Were all asking the question what does itmean to be inclusive? And were all discoveringthat people from other cultures have a deep faithand much to teach us.
More than 80 people from many parts of Africa worship atAdelaide West Uniting Church. The Ecumenical LeadershipCommittee holds worship services fortnightly with specialevent services filling the church to capacity.
MissionResourcingNetworkThe Mission Resourcing Network(MRN) helps congregations toengage in effective mission, locallyand globally.
The Mission ResourcingNetwork developed its focus onhospitality and providingresources for leaders with theopening of the GatheringPlace in 2005.
The visits of Arch Hart andKennon Callahan focused onthe health of congregationalleaders and developing small,strong congregations.
Leadership developmentcontinued to be a priority, with25 ministers involved inlearning opportunities forleading regional churches.
Rev Herman Awon, ViceModerator of our partnerchurch in West Papua, and hiswife Jakoba, visited Synod 2004.
A group of young peopletravelled to Thailand inDecember 2004 for MissionIgnition, with a group returningto Australia in Easter 2005.
In partnership with UnitingCare,chaplaincy at BaxterDetention Centre was apriority with detainees andthose now living in thecommunity receiving support.
A Rural ResourcingWorkshop in the CoorongPresbytery helped lay-ledcongregations to be healthy,mission-focussed congregations.
Geng, Fhar, Som, Mew and Topfrom the Synods partner church inThailand visited Adelaide as part ofMission Ignition.
Andrew Hogarth and AmandaWallace talk with Arch Hart during hisvisit to Australia. Photo courtesy ofThe Advertiser.
Rev Adam Tretheway (left) withother ecumenical chaplains atBaxter Detention Centre.
Indigenous MinistryPro-active in working for justice Pro-active in working for justice Pro-active in working for justice Pro-acti
Youth convention a life changer!Since NCYC (National Christian YouthConvention) was first held 50 years ago, it hasinspired and challenged young people fromacross the country in their faith journey.
Around 15% of participants at the conventionheld in Adelaide in January were Indigenous.
With people coming from as far away as ElchoIsland, Townsville, and the APY Lands - includinglarge numbers from Pukatja (Ernabella) andAmata - it was the largest group of Aboriginalparticipants on record.
It was awesome said NCYC Bible Study leader,Rev Hohaia Matthews. Hohaia and the Port
Augusta community played a significant role withtheir own music band and Indigenous hospitalityteam. Denise Champion also led an electivearound a campfire.
Congress greatly appreciated the support ofindividuals, churches, Community Benefit SA andthe Morialta Trust in assisting Indigenousdelegates to attend the convention.
NCYC is just one example of the churchscommitment to building bridges betweenAboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
UnitingAboriginal andIslanderChristianCongressThe Uniting Aboriginal andIslander Christian Congress(UAICC) plays a vital rolebuilding bridges betweenAboriginal and non-Aboriginalpeople in the Uniting Churchand wider community.
Highlights of 2004-05
The Congresscongregations at Salisburyand Port Augusta continueto grow with bothcongregations appointingyouth workers.
Thanks to support from theSynod and gift funding,both congregations nowhave buses to assist withgetting people to and fromworship and othercommunity events.
The Mobile AboriginalPatrol minister, DavidWright, organised an Easterevent at Copley, Iga Wartaand Nepabunna which wassupported enthusiasticallyby the local community.
A grant from the UnitingFoundation enabled sixyoung people to travel toNew Mexico for aMulticultural ChurchConference.
The Congress supportedIndigenous people in thereview of the AnanguPitjantjatjara Land RightsAct, and through issues ofracism, prejudice, anddiscrimination experiencedin Port Augusta.
Natalie, Coby and Initji at theNational Christian YouthConvention.
Rev Hohaia Matthews withthe new Congress bus.
The Sumner family farewellsdaughter Natasha on her trip toNew Mexico.
Robert takes part in worshipand childrens activities atSalisbury Congress.
EducationEquipping leaders for ministry Equipping leaders for ministry Equipping leaders for ministry Equipping leader
Learning: Lifelongand StatewideSteph and Jan are proof that no matter how oldyou are or where your passion for ministry lies theres plenty of opportunity to learn.
Both are Flinders University students at Parkin-Wesley College. Jan has just completed herMaster of Theological Studies and Steph is doinga Bachelor of Theology (Honours) in OldTestament.
The College faculty are committed to helpingpeople grow in faith at every stage of life. Theyknow that formal, on-campus study is not foreveryone.
Some of the colleges most popular offeringshave been intensives like the childrens storytelling workshop with authors Mem Fox andChristobel Mattingley or workshops held at therequest of local churches with topics rangingfrom pastoral care to worship leading.
Distance is also no barrier to education with anincreasing number of training events held in ruralareas, and over 20 students undertaking theirstudies by distance mode.
Perhaps the question for all of us is what wouldI like to learn?
Jan Murchland and Stephanie Measday relax on campus atParkin-Wesley College. Educational
MinistriesCommissionThe Uniting Church is committed toproviding:
Theological education for laypeople and candidates for ministry
Continuing education for ministers
Quality education for children andyoung adults.
Highlights of 2004-05
Approximately 5,800 youngpeople are enrolled in the UnitingChurchs eight schools andcolleges, making this activity oneof the churchs most significantpoints of contact with thatgeneration.
Parkin-Wesley College has 215students, including 17 candidatesfor specified ministries.
In July 2005, Westminster Schoolhosted the world conference ofthe International Association ofMethodist-Related SchoolsColleges and Universities whichattracted delegates from everycontinent.
Laura with childrens author,Christobel Mattingley, at aGrowing in Faith Seminar.
Moderator Rev Dr GrahamHumphris acknowledges retiringministers at Synod 2004.
Students from Prince Alfred Collegewere among 1,600 who took part inan ethics seminar.
OutreachCompassionate and innovative Compassionate and innovative Compassionate and innovative Compassionate
Often it is the simplest ideas that have thebiggest impact. And this idea is simple - helppeople who are doing it tough to buywhitegoods.
Weve been surprised at the number of peoplewho simply cant afford to buy what they need,explains Linda Sutton, Chairperson of UnitingCareCopper Triangle.
Practical help a God sendUnitingCare Copper Triangle, is part of theUniting Churchs unique network of communityservice agencies. As one of the smaller agencies,UnitingCare Copper Triangle is supported by theKadina and Wallaroo congregations.
In July 2005, they started a white goods schemefor people on Yorke Peninsula.
Whether they need a refrigerator or washingmachine we can help.
We source good quality re-conditioned whitegoods. We match them with people who needthem. They commit to pay back the purchaseprice. We dont charge any interest and whenthe money is paid back, we use it to helpsomeone else.
Chris Raffen and Necia Ebert lending a practicalhand to people on Yorke Peninsula.
UnitingCareThe work of UnitingCareencompasses a wide range ofactivities including communitywelfare services, advocacy,aged care, chaplaincy, healthservices, and post-disastercare.
UnitingCare is currentlypiloting new models ofproviding mental healthchaplaincy in conjunctionwith local congregations.
The smaller agencies andcongregational outreachprograms are gatheringregularly to resource andsupport each other as theymeet the needs of theirlocal community.
Discussions between theUnitingCare Wesleys andCongress are leading toan increasedunderstanding of eachother and opportunitiesfor collaboration andcooperation in the deliveryof community services.
Representatives from arange of agenciesparticipate in the nationalcommittees ofUnitingCare Australia,forming policy andundertaking advocacy, toensure governmentdecision-making does notexclude the vulnerable andmarginalised members ofcommunity.
Pancake Day continues togrow both within SA andacross Australia. Eventsheld by church,community and corporategroups on Shrove Tuesdayraise money to supportvulnerable people in thelocal community.
Gabriel Gate, just one of anumber of celebrities tosupport Pancake Day anational fundraising appealfor UnitingCare.
Deacon Jenny Walker Chaplainto students at Annesley College.
Mrs Joyce Mitchell andRegistered Nurse Aggi Parojusshare a moment at ResthavenBellevue Heights
Wider ChurchWorking to transform our world Working to transform our world Working to transform our world Working to
Jesus featured on 60 Minutes, A Current Affair,and Australian Idol this year thanks to aninnovative Christian media campaign calledJesus. All about Life.
In an Australian first, local denominationsworked together to profile Jesus and theChristian message with close to 400 prime timeTV, radio, print and billboard advertisementsrunning in August and September 2005.
Over 400 events were organised by localchurches to co-incide with the ecumenicaladvertising campaign. These included life skills
Wider ChurchThe South Australian Synodsupport supports the widerUniting Church and works inpartnership with otherdenominations.
By supporting theAssembly (the nationalcouncil of the Church), wesupport a number ofinitiatives including: National Working
Group on Worship asthey finalised theresource Uniting inWorship 2,
UnitingJustice,UnitingCare andFrontier Services asthey continue toadvocate for those onthe margins of oursociety,
Uniting InternationalMission as they workalongside our partnerchurches and provideopportunities forUniting Church peopleto serve overseas.
Coolamon College asthey providetheological educationby distance mode.
As part of our churchscommitment to working inpartnership with otherdenominations, almost$50,000 was distributed inecumenical grants.Beneficiaries included theSouth Australian Council ofChurches, Schools MinistryGroup and the ChristianTelevision Association.
Media campaign puts Jesus out thereseminars, a stand at the Royal Adelaide Show,Jesus. All about Life courses and community events.
Local churches also distributed over 300,000Jesus. All About Life postcards, pamphlets andbooks during the campaign.
The Uniting Church was well represented withjust over 25% of the congregations taking partbelonging to our denomination.
The $250,000 campaign was entirely funded bydonations from individuals and churches with$50,000 coming from the Uniting Churchs, UCInvest.
Frontier Services has an annual display at theRoyal Adelaide Show in the Old Ram Shed.Pictured are Tony Price and David Sullivan.
People in Mission Co-ordinator, Sandy Boyce,with Volunteers in Mission serving in theChurch of South India. The garlands worn area symbol of hospitality and welcome in India.
Uniting Church President, Rev Dr DeanDrayton met with over 30 youngpeople including Emma Hutchinson ata Presidents Table dinner in May.
Rev Stuart Cameron and Major Iain Trainor at the installation of the first billboard on North Terrace. Photo: Brett Hartwig.
When the Boxing Daytsunami hit parts ofSouth East Asia lastyear, people all overthe world sharedthe grief and agony
of victims andsurvivors.
UC Invest, on behalf ofthe Uniting Church SA,
was able to make a generousand practical response to assist
those ravaged communities.
UC Invest contributed $500,000 to theUniting Church Overseas Aid tsunamiappeal, boosting our Churchsnational contribution to $2.4million.
The funds greatly assisted our partner churches inIndia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia withrehabilitation, restoration and reconstructionprojects.
Uniting Church SA General Secretary Rev StuartCameron visited Southern Thailand six monthsafter the tsunami struck, to view relief work withPartner in Mission, Scott Litchfield.
We visited the village of Khao Lak where thetsunamis destruction was immediately evident,said Stuart.
Equally breath-taking was the level ofreconstruction already taking place.
We visited a Moken (Sea Gypsy) community,whose new homes were nearly completed. Thevillage leader was deeply appreciative of the supportthat has made the re-building miracle possible.
ResourcesFreeing resources for new initiatives Freeing resources for new initiatives Freeing resources for new initiatives
Building hope for tsunami survivors
ResourcesThe Resources board and staffare committed to helpingchurch communities to engagein mission by providingproperty, financial, insuranceand investment support.
Highlights of 2004-05
Called to Care andMandatory Notificationtraining continued, withsignificant improvementsalso made to our policescreening process.
UC Invest is nowmanaging $190 millionworth of investments andhas more than 2,000customers. In addition todonating $500,000 to theTsunami Appeal, UC Investallocated $6.5 million tothe SA Synod through giftfunding and grants to theMission and Service Fundand Church Loan Fund.
Regular Electronic Giving(REG) increased by 22%.Over 570 people in 62congregations give theirweekly offeringelectronically.
The Synod GrantsCommittee approvedUniting Foundation grantstotalling over $900,000,$72,000 grant in aid and$675,000 in gift funding.
Property Servicessupervised majorconstruction projects atPort Lincoln, Western Linkand Henley-Fulham. Theteam has also assistedcongregations with smallerprojects including churchalterations and thepurchase of new manses.
New homes being built for a Sea Gypsy community in KhaoLak in Southern Thailand the project has received supportfrom the Uniting Church.
The Uniting Foundation supportedmany projects in 2004-05 includinga captioning service for deaf people atBalhannah Uniting Church. Photocourtesy The Advertiser.
After 27 years, the UnitingChurch SAs investment armlaunched a new name and anew look UC Invest wasunveiled in August.
The Western Link congregationopened in August it is home tothe former West Hindmarsh,Kidman Park, Flinders Park,Findon and Allenby Gardenscongregations.
2004 Income and ExpenditurePassionate about making God known Passionate about making God known Passionate about making God kno
Financial Report:2004Through weekly offerings, church memberscontribute directly to the mission and ministryof the Uniting Church. In 2004, the UnitingChurch SA had a budget in excess of $6million. All of the stories in this Annual Reportillustrate how your offering plays a vital role.
The income and expenditure chart (right)provides a financial summary of the churchsactivities in 2004. Note: this budget does notinclude individual congregations or churchagencies (such as aged care providers, missionsand schools).
Contributions from Congregations($1.2 million)
Donations from congregations to the Missionand Service Fund represented 20% of UnitingChurch SA income in 2004.
Income from other sources($2.9 million)
The Synod generates income from investmentsaccumulated over the years through goodstewardship; from bequests (William Parkin wasa major benefactor); from rental returns frombuildings at 212 Pirie Street and 164 FullartonRoad; UC Invest and the Synods InsuranceAgency also make significant annual donations.
Income raised by ministry centres($1.8 million)
Many of the Synods activities contributetowards their own running costs (for example,Parkin-Wesley College generates income fromcourse fees and grants from Parkin Trust andRH White).
Where does the money go?
All councils of the Uniting Church receivedgrants from the Mission and Service Fund,including Synod Ministry Centres, Presbyteries,Congregations and the Assembly. Thats a $6million ministry!
The real story is not about numbers in a budget it is about lives changed and communitiestransformed.
This report is a summary of the detailed auditedfinancial reports. Copies and more informationavailable from Karen Brown in Financial Serviceson 8236 4211.
OPERATING INCOME 2004 $
Mission and Service Fund - contributions from congregationsAdelaide North West 273,938 Eyre 49,092 Fleurieu 338,940 Frome 62,968 Mount Lofty 277,672 The Coorong 84,950 Wakefield 79,531
Income from other sources Epworth Building Inc 200,000 Investment Income 1,096,025 Parkin Mission 560,000 UC Invest 680,000 Uniting Church Insurance Agency 320,000 Other 46,537
Income raised by Synod ministry centres Communications and Public Relations 110,795 Educational Ministries Commission 787,378 Mission Resourcing Network 65,329 External Mission Resourcing 4,947 Resources Board 482,001 Secretariat (including Events and Ministers Support) 152,067 UnitingCare Commission 167,584 Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) 68,559
Total Income 5,908,313
OPERATING EXPENDITURE 2004
Presbyteries and Congregations 502,000
Synod Ministry Centres Communications and Public Relations 295,268 Educational Ministries Commission 1,110,515 Mission Resourcing Network 446,448 External Mission Resourcing 125,345 Resources Board 911,111 Secretariat (including Events and Ministers Support) 766,715 UnitingCare Commission 687,965 Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) 370,908
Wider Church (Assembly & ecumenical support) 447,275
Other (rent, depreciation, interest, accruals) 584,816
Total Expenditure 6,248,366
Operating Deficit for the year (340,053)
Written and produced by theCommunications and Public Relations Unit:
Writers: Shannon Short, Jill FreearPhotography: Nick Kerr Design and printing: Openbook Print-50521
Printed October 2005.
Further information about the UnitingChurch, is available from theCommunications and Public Relations Unit orvisit our website at www.sa.uca.org.au
Uniting Church, Synod of South Australia, Level 2, 212 Pirie Street. Phone: 8227 0822.
Uniting Church Synod of South Australia 2004-05 Annual Report
Uniting Church there when it counts