United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

CIRMC Weekly

Page:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 

 

GIRLS’ BRIGADE CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

Wednesday Dec 04, 2019
 
WHAT CAN WE GIVE? 
Over one hundred girls and officers of the Girls’ Brigade in the Cayman Islands gathered at the Savannah United Church for their Christmas Carol Service on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
All five Companies were represented and participated in response to the theme for the Service ‘What can we give?’ 
2nd Sunday of Advent: PEACE

The Second Sunday of Advent: PEACE
The season of Advent reminds us of the importance of spiritual preparedness, of the readying of our hearts and minds for the life transforming presence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

please click here for more information (PDF file)


Reflection on the Season of Advent

Wednesday Nov 27, 2019
 
With the season of Advent, the Church begins another Liturgical year. The Liturgical or Church year is an annual cycle of seasons focusing on the fundamental tenets of our Christian faith through the usage of scriptural readings, colors and vestments.
The seasons of the Church year – in order – are: 
• Advent - the time of preparation for the birth of Jesus   • Christmas - the celebration of the birth of Jesus
• Epiphany - the baptism of Jesus and also his manifestation to the world
• Lent – the time of preparation and fasting leading to Easter
• Easter – the commemoration of Jesus’ sacrifice and the celebration of his resurrection
• Pentecost – the celebration of the presence and work of Jesus through the Holy Spirit
December signals the coming of Christmas and so our preparations begin. There are gifts to buy, cards to send, menus to plan for, people to see. Advent reminds us of the importance of the spiritual aspect of this preparation, the readying of our hearts and minds. 
CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION POLICY PROVISIONS 15-17
15. In general, activities involving children are to be organized and implemented to minimize the risk of harm. The appropriate mechanisms for monitoring, sanitation and maintenance of Church premises will be observed to ensure child safety for all ages. This includes securing adequate liability insurance and other legal requirements as well as removing objects in the environment that may be harmful to children at various ages.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


Disciples in Mission

Wednesday Nov 20, 2019
 
Matthew 10:5-8 'These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.'
Reflection: All of us are engaged in some kind of mission, the contrast though depends on whose mission we are engaged in. As disciples of Christ, we should be engaged in the mission of God. How often though the church universal takes a detour route by not giving priority to Christ’s ideal mission. We become so busy doing church work that we sometimes neglect to do the works of the church.  

CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION POLICY PROVISIONS 11-14
11. First Aid training and kits will be made available in all Churches with a view to the likely First Aid needs of children. Attendance is compulsory for Sunday School Superintendents. 
12. Written parental consent will be obtained prior to Church excursions involving children and child attendance during excursions will be taken. 

please click here for more information (PDF file)


MINISTRY PROGRAMS

Wednesday Nov 13, 2019
 
Jesus engaged people of all kinds, people of every possible social background and standing, but he was very deliberate and intentional about reaching out to the vulnerable, hurt, weak and misunderstood and to those who suffered as the result of either their own actions or because of human neglect, wickedness, societal prejudice or injustice.
The Church, the community of believers, is called to follow in the footsteps of its Lord and Master, to define its existence and purpose by sharing the good news, by allowing the risen and living Jesus himself to come close to and meet those living in every age and everywhere, including our time and our immediate and wider community.

CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION POLICY PROVISIONS 8-10
8. Training will be delivered to the Minister, Elders and other leaders - including Sunday School Teachers, Superintendents, Workers and others involved in leadership with children to ensure there is clear understanding of the legal requirements for the safety and protection of children and the United Church’s Child Protection Policy. Training will include principles of safeguarding of children as well as requirements to report suspicions of all forms of abuse – including physical, verbal and sexual abuse, bullying and human trafficking.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


MISSION AUDIT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING TRAINING IN CIRMC

Friday Nov 08, 2019
 
From November 1-4 , 2019 , the Council for World Mission (CWM) through its Caribbean Office facilitated  training in Mission Audit and Strategic Planning in the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council. Twenty-one  participants from five  Congregations were led in the process by Mrs. Karen Francis, CWM Mission Secretary for the Caribbean, Rev. Dr. Henroy Samuels – RDGS -North Eastern Regional Mission Council and Mrs. Vickeisha King Burke Programme Associate (CWM). 

please click here for more information (PDF file)


THE CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION POLICY

Thursday Oct 31, 2019
 
(Extract from the Preamble of the Policy Document)
At the Synod of 2015 the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands passed a resolution to develop a Child Care and Protection Policy for the whole church. A policy that would not only protect our children but would protect our leaders most of whom are volunteers. For the United Church this is more than just writing a statement or for guidelines, this is a powerful commitment – a totally new strategy of engagement – a church that values its children and young people above rubies.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


LIVING THE REFORMED FAITH

Wednesday Oct 23, 2019
 
October 31 each year is recognized as Reformation Day and the Sunday closest to that date as Reformation Sunday. In our Congregations this Sunday we will therefore celebrate the Reformation. This is of significance to us as in the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands our polity and ethos are based on the tenets of the Reformed Faith. The reformation motto "the Church reformed and always being reformed according to Scripture" is critical to our faith and praxis. As reformed Christians we continue to discern God’s will and purpose as we read the Scripture and as we open ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


MODERATOR ENDS SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO CIRMC

Thursday Oct 17, 2019
 
Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans visited the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council (CIRMC) from October 9-16, 2019. He was accompanied by the General Secretary the Rev. Norbert Stephens. The President Generals of the Women’s Fellowship and Men’s Fellowship as well as the National Treasurer of the Women’s Fellowship also visited CIRMC during the Moderator’s visit.

At the Council meeting held on Tuesday October 15, 2019, the Chair, Ms. Angela Martins thanked the Moderator for the insight and wisdom which he shared during his visit. He was particularly impressed by the education being offered at CPHS and by the experiences he had at the various Congregational meetings. He commended the ministry at the Bethesda Counselling Centre and at the Beth- Shalom Mission.

New Programme Secretary / Communications Officer appointed
The Rev. Otto Menko has been appointed as the Programme Secretary/ Communications Officer for the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council effective October 14, 2019. Council welcomes Rev. Menko who served for fifteen years as the Minister for the Webster/ William Pouchie Charge.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


SUMMER CAMP

Friday Jul 12, 2019
 
CIRMC Teens Camp 2019 was attended by twenty-four Campers from four of our Congregations. The Camp, under the theme ‘Movin wid de Mishun’ provided spiritual nurture , education and social activities for the 13-16-year-old young people.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


CIRMC Weekly Update February 13, 2019

Wednesday Feb 13, 2019
 
RE-IMAGINING WORSHIP AS ACTS OF DEFIANCE AND ALTERNATIVES IN THE CONTEXT OF EMPIRE by Rev. Rohan Forrester 

As I reflect on the focus of worship for the first quarter of 2019, I am inclined to re-imagine worship as defined at a recently held Council for World Mission (CWM) Workshop on liturgy. The workshop was held in Kingston, Jamaica from November 30 to December 6, 2018. I had the privilege along with Rev. Dr. Ralph Hoyte and RDGS Mrs. Mauleen Henry to represent the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI). The Workshop was led by Cláudio Carvalhaes and has really served as a precursor for what we are now exploring in worship in the UCJCI.

The theme of the workshop, “Reimagining Worship as Acts of Defiance and Alternatives in the Context of Empire” enabled the important aspect of redefining liturgy that meets needs. The word liturgy from the original Greek word leitourgia means "service," "ministry," or "work of the people" and was used for any public work of the people, not only religious services. 

please click here for more information (PDF file)


Page:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 

United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands