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Thoughts for These Uncharted Time

Wednesday Mar 25, 2020
 
The words from the hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’ written by John G. Whittier in 1872 are very appropriate for these uncharted times. This sense of calm eluded by the hymn writer must be regarded as the antidote to the frenzy that some have adopted in response to COVID 19. 

As we listen to the world’s news and as we read and interpret COVID- 19 in the local context it is easy to become overwhelmed. There are many voices speaking at the same time and persons are passing on via social media every little titbit that they receive. The ears are attuned to the noises and the tongues and fingers send the information along in rapid speed. There are rumors mingled with fear and many are trying to cope with the new normal. 
 

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An Ever-Present Help in Trouble

Wednesday Mar 18, 2020
 
Less than three weeks ago we entered into the season of Lent which invites us to contemplate on our mortality and on our need to repent and reconcile with God. Strangely enough the sudden appearance of Covid-19 on our shores has turned this notion not only into a poignant and powerful reminder of the above mentioned truth but has also made it a real and frightening reality to everyone.

Last Friday afternoon the Government of the Cayman Islands has announced a series of island-wide restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in our communities. One of the drastic but necessary emergency measures was the restrictions on public gatherings of 50 people or more which includes participation in church services and activities, too. 

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2020 World Day of Prayer Zimbabwe

Wednesday Mar 11, 2020
 
The 2020 World Day of Prayer service focusing on Zimbabwe was held last week Friday at the Elmslie Memorial United Church from 12:00-1:00pm. 
The theme of the service was based on Jesus’ encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given. “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” said Jesus. We are empowered to take up our mats. No more waiting powerlessly on the mat. This is the time for change

Operation Andrew
In the June 2019 meeting of the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council the decision was made to use as an evangelistic tool an outreach idea called ‘Operation Andrew’ which was employed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in its crusades for many years with great effectiveness. 

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Ash Wednesday Gathering -CIRMC

Wednesday Mar 04, 2020
 
On February 26, 2020 just over 100 persons gathered from our congregations at the Savannah United Church for the annual Ash Wednesday Gathering focusing on the theme ‘Evangelism: The Heartbeat of the Church’.  
The day began at 7:30 am with quiet meditation and reflection, followed by group discussions, worship service and communion, ending at 11:15 am. 

Rev. L. Christopher Mason, reflecting on the theme of evangelism in his message introduced ‘Operation Andrew’, a friendship oriented method in helping those we know come to experience a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

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Ash Wednesday Gathering

Tuesday Feb 25, 2020
 
In the liturgical calendar of the Church Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. The Lenten season is a time of preparation for Holy Week and Easter and is associated with fasting in order to aid the believer’s focus on matters of spiritual importance. Fasting can take on many forms, lengths, intensity and practice. 

Women’s Fellowship CI Responds to  the Moderator’s Plea
The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands at its 41st Synod, held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from April 29 – May 2, 2019, pledged to assist financially and in other ways to the work and ministry being done with and for boys in both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans encouraged the whole church to be mindful of the vulnerability of too many of the boys in both societies. The four Regional Mission Councils, which includes our Council in the Cayman Islands were tasked with identifying programmes that were catering to the needs of boys and the offer tangible support

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CWM Caribbean Pre-Assembly Gathering

Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
 
The Caribbean region held its CWM Pre-Assembly gathering in Georgetown, Guyana from February 1-6, 2020. The event provided the delegates with the opportunity to meet each other and prepare for the Global Assembly which will take place in June 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Let’s Stay Together 
The Let’s Stay Together Marriage Seminar was conducted February 14-15, 2020 at the Prospect Youth Centre and was much appreciated by the couples who attended. 

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A Historic First

Wednesday Feb 12, 2020
 
Thanks to the best of the Elmslie United Church’s Youth Try, for the first time in over 30 years the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council was represented at the United Church Young People’s Fellowship (UCYPF) National Sports Day held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Noranda Sports Complex, Discovery Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica. Cayman’s presence was felt on that ground just like the earthquake we felt in Cayman on February 4th. At the end of the event Cayman’s medal tally included an impressive collection of 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals! 

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New Chair and Vice Chairs of Council

Wednesday Feb 05, 2020
 
The Rev. Rohan Forrester was elected as the Chair of the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council at a Special Council meeting held on Tuesday February 4, 2020. Rev. Forrester is the Minister of the Webster Memorial and the William Pouchie Memorial Congregations and the Chaplain of the Cayman Prep and High School – Primary site. Rev. Forrester was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on November 14, 2002. He has been serving as a Minister in the Cayman Islands since September 2010. 

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Shaken and/or Unshaken!?

Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
 
On Tuesday, January 28,2020  our normal, everyday life was suddenly interrupted by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that shook the western Caribbean (including the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, the Yucatan-peninsula of Mexico and was felt even in Miami).  
While most of us have experienced an earthquake before, it never ceases to be a frightening and unsettling event, mostly because unlike other natural disasters they happen without warning. Further, it is a potent reminder of how tiny and vulnerable we are and how much we have grown to expect normalcy and stability in our daily existence. 

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Lay Leadership Training 2020 Module 1 Unit

Wednesday Jan 22, 2020
 
On Saturday, January 18, 2020 the new, restructured Lay Leadership Training programme commenced in all four Regional Mission Councils of the United Church.  In our own   Regional Mission Council 19 persons started the course representing almost all our nine congregations. 

2020 -UCJCI  YEAR OF EVANGELISM 
The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI) has declared 2020 as the Year of Evangelism. Evangelism will therefore be at the core of the Regional Mission Councils’ and Congregations’ activities for 2020

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