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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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CIRMC Weekly Update February 6 2019

Wednesday Feb 06, 2019
   
As we journey through the first three months of 2019,  our focus has been on  ‘The Disciples in Worship’.  We are reminded that the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands believes that  truly ‘renewed Congregations’ are energized and empowered for development and growth; have members committed to pursuing personal relationships with God through prayer ,study and worship , presenting themselves as ‘light of the world and salt of the earth’ , displaying high  standards of personal and professional integrity and discipline in their ministry, as we seek to live out our vision’  

Last Sunday, February 2, 2019, at the East End United Church, Rev. Alice Blair did two powerful presentations on Guidelines for  Meaningful Corporate Worship and Guidelines for Personal Worship.
 

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CIRMC Weekly Update January 30 2019

Thursday Jan 31, 2019
 
The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Prep and High School and the Girls’ Brigade were among the sixty organizations recognized as Founding Organizations in the Cayman Islands on National Heroes Day, January 28, 2019.  The theme of the day was ‘Celebrating the Creation of our Coat of Arms’. Vestrymen and Justices of the Peace who served between 1956-1958 were honoured. They served in the Legislative Assembly when Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II conferred the Royal Warrant for the Cayman Coat of Arms on May 14, 1958. Several Vestrymen and Justices of the Peace who were members of the then Presbyterian Church were recognized and honoured.  

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CIRMC Weekly Update January 23 2019

Wednesday Jan 23, 2019
 
The Gun Bay Congregation received a poignant reminder on Sunday,20th January 2019 from six-year-old Raysha Forbes. She sang lustily as she reminded the Congregation to ‘Read your Bible, pray every day and you will grow, grow, grow.’ 

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CIRMC Weekly Update January 18 2019

Friday Jan 18, 2019
 
IN THIS ISSUE
  • SUC Youth Pursue dreams
  • Leadership Training Information
  • Know Your UCJCI Constitution 

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CIRMC Weekly Update January 11 2019

Friday Jan 11, 2019
 
UCJCI PEACE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES     PEACE IN THE CONGREGATION 
Peace in the Congregation should be assumed as a ‘given’. After all, are we not called to be ‘peacemakers’  and do we not possess the ‘spirit of peace’? Yet not only in today’s Church but in the New Testament Church, Paul found it necessary to encourage believers to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. 


 

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CIRMC Weekly Update January 4 2019

Friday Jan 11, 2019
 
January to March 2019-  DISCIPLES IN WORSHIP “Yet a time is coming, and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24 NIV)  At the Heart of the Renewal and Transformation mandate for the United Church, is “life-giving Worship.” Life-giving worship anchors, affirms and activates our faith towards living and being “Disciples for life!”  

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