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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. 

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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Young Leaders Workshop and Annual General Meeting

Wednesday Jan 15, 2020
On Saturday January 11, 2020 a group of 25 strong across the Council participated in the Young Leaders Workshop at the Council Office organized by the YLNE (Youth Leaders National Executive).
The workshop was opened by Ms. Camile Watt Youth Minister for the Robert Young/Savannah Charge who also led the ‘icebreaker’ which was much enjoyed by all and set the tone for the rest of the morning.

In the October 5, 2019 meeting of the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council the decision was made to attend to some long overdue renovation needs on the Prospect Youth Centre and the Council Office. 

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Service of Commissioning for Lay Pastor; Installation of new Elders at Webster Memorial; Lay Leadership Development Training; What is Epiphany about?

Wednesday Jan 08, 2020
Service of Commissioning for Lay Pastor

On the first Sunday of the new year approximately 120 United Church congregants gathered from across the island in the East End United Church for the Commissioning Service of Mr. Ormond Williams as the Lay Pastor for the East End and Gun Bay Charge.

Originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Lay Pastor Williams received his Preaching Diploma from the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas where he served as a Local Preacher and was involved in several Christian youth organizations and activities.

Mr. Williams has been actively involved in the life and ministry of the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council for nearly two decades in various areas and in the last seven years he served as Lay Pastor in the William Pouchie Memorial and…

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New Year Reflection

Monday Dec 30, 2019
By the Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield
Deputy Regional Secretary
Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council

As we reflect on 2019, the stark recognition that this year also ends the second decade of the 21st  century must come to mind. The world has undergone tremendous changes in these twenty (20) years inclusive of the impact of 9/11, the advent and spread of social media, post-post modernity and the declining influence of religion, increase in the level of cultural and religious intolerance, the subtleness yet increasing levels of discrimination and hate speech inter-alia.

In the Cayman Islands, the changes in these two decades have been significant. These include the new Constitution, the introduction of the Bill of Rights, change in the nomenclature of government leaders, the birth of a unity government, the topographical changes, the creation of Camana Bay, engineering feats in buildings and road networks, population growth, work permits increasing in numbers, the Status Grants and the need for the preservation…

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Christmas Reflection; Children and Youth Christmas at Webster Memorial, Robert Young Memorial and Savannah United

Monday Dec 23, 2019
By the Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield
Deputy Regional Secretary
Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council

We are invited by the Spirit to pause from the busyness – ‘the state or condition of having a great deal to do’  and from the business – ‘trade considered in terms of its volume or profitability’  of Christmas and to reflect for a moment on the heart and artistry of Christmas.  There is the tendency each year for us to pledge not to get trapped in the hyper activities and commerce of Christmas. We vow to do less, spend less, shop less, eat less but at last, sometimes the very pledges we make are broken even before the bells begin to ring and the carols fill the air and the cakes emerge from the ovens.

The heart  of Christmas is found in the profound presence of God in Jesus Christ - Immanuel  – God with us. It is the recognition of the tremendous love of God for humanity…

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