Fellowship met as usual on the first Thursday of the month, but for many reasons there were not many present, however we were very pleased to welcome Penelope Horn. We enjoyed a time over lunch sharing news, and then commenced our meeting.
Rev. Norah Norris was in the chair, and in presenting her Devotions, told us something of the history of All Saints Day which was November 1.We remembered in love past birthdays of Audrey Scrimgeour, Margaret Morey, and Lillias Thomson, and also Marj Nichol who celebrates her birthday on November 16. Deb Prior has designed and made a delightful Birthday Card for us to give Fellowship Members.
There was a short discussion about annual donations, and it is amazing that we were able to give a further $500 for the work of the wider church. We allocated $200 for UCA Mission SA (which now unites National & World Mission and Frontier Services Support), $100 for the UCAF President’s Special Appeal for ethnic Ministries, and $50 each to the Australian Refugee Association, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden, Schools Ministry Group and Shalom College (Aboriginal & Islander.) During the year we had already supported Frontier Services, Act for Peace, The Winifred Kiek Scholarship Fund, the Red Dove Café and given $50 to the UC Adult Fellowships in SA. This meant that we gave away $1070 in 2017.
Our end of year Christmas Luncheon, to which the congregation and friends are invited, has been a feature of the Fellowship Group since early days of the Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union (PWMU) (formed at Scots in 1890) and so even though there are such a few of us now, we decided it would be a pity for it to stop, and decided to ahead with this event – so, on Thursday 7th December do join us at 12 noon for a shared lunch. Perhaps you would like to bring a friend. Following lunch Dr Don Hopgood will speak, and Mr Peter Hacquoil, the “Piano Man” in Rundle Mall, will provide music for carol singing, Everyone is welcome.
The next meeting of the Fellowship is in 2018 – we would be delighted to have you join us on Thursday 1st February, BYO lunch at 12 noon. (Mary Thomas)
State Mission Fellowship met at Scots as usual on the 4th Tuesday of the month, Tuesday 24th October. There is always a friendly welcome – with morning tea served before the meeting, and a light lunch provided afterwards. Jill Polkinghorne led the meeting, and there were, I thought, fewer people than usual present. A questionnaire had been prepared for us to complete – asking our thoughts on whether or not we wished the meetings to continue – either monthly as happens now, or bi-monthly, so it seems that the hierarchy are considering its future. Most of the people I sit with would be very sad if the meetings did not continue. However, we must take into account the organising of each meeting, obtaining a guest speaker, and catering for morning tea and lunch.
The speaker was Marg de Boo, representing the committee of the Kairos Outside Team, which is a ministry to family and friends of people serving time in prison. To help give a more complete picture of what this National Christian-based organisation does for prisoners and their families, the speaker at the next meeting on November 28th will be Selwyn Samson, leader of Kairos Prison Ministries in South Australia, and he will speak about the Kairos Inside Prison Ministry.
Marg de Boo told us how difficult it is for families who have a family member in prison, and they are sometimes shunned. The impact of a prison sentence reflects on the family and friends.
Kairos plans programmes, and they have special occasions, also a weekend programme for friends and families. Twice a year in May and October they arrange a weekend programme selecting a theme to encourage everyone to come e.g. “Come, Let’s Dance!” Sometimes a special dinner is arranged, or a celebration for a birthday, with cake and candles. These weekends and functions provide a safe environment with Christian ladies, and it lets prisoners know that there is a Christian community that cares for them. (Mary Thomas)
UCAF Ready for 2018
Uniting Church Adult Fellowships in the Synod of South Australia look forward to a busy year.
The new President for 2018/19 is Mrs Lesley Williams. (Some readers will remember her mother, the late Mrs Aileen Wiseman, who was a member of Scots for some years.) Lesley will be Commissioned as President at the Broadview Uniting Church on Wednesday 24th January, 7.00 for 7.30pm.
Her theme for 2018 will be "Let the Shepherd Lead" and the special President's Project that she has chosen is theological training for women in Papua New Guinea leading to ordination or other positions in the life of the church. Lesley has visited PNG several times and assisted with training of village women to undertake small business ventures.
At Scots we are in the UCAF Adelaide North West region. Our friend Mrs Betty Christiansen will be Regional Coordinator in 2018. There are twenty affiliated groups in the region, some with a membership of thirty or more women and men but others, like us, very small. Many of the groups, again like us, have a history of over a hundred years of service to their congregations and the wider church at home and overseas.
In May 2018 the National Committee of UC Adult Fellowships will move from the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania to the Synod of South Australia. For some time a team led by the SA Secretary Janet Woodward has been preparing for their three years in office, with planning under way for the celebrations and other activities that will take place and the business that they will have to attend to. The South Australian team will be commissioned at a national gathering in Hobart on 6th May. (Rev Norah Norris)
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