United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

UCJCI Update



Wednesday Jun 12, 2019
  No activity or movement will be as effective in changing the social, economic and political landscape of Jamaica and the world than Evangelism. It is the heartbeat of God, and the highest call of Christ’s Church. Jesus’ parting words to His disciples were, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). 

“Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.” (John C. Maxwell)
Discernment can be described as the ability to find the root of the matter, and it relies on intuition as well as rational thought. Effective leaders need discernment, although even good leaders don’t display it all the time. For example, read this comment made by a leader:
“I think there is a world market for about five computers.” Thomas J. Watson, Chairman of IBM (1943)
Discernment is an indispensable quality for any leader who desires to maximize effectiveness. 

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Thursday Jun 06, 2019
  On 55 acres of rolling, lush countryside, in rustic, easily accessible terrain in St. Catherine, Jamaica, lies Meadowrest Memorial Gardens, established and operated by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands since 1994. The success of this enterprise has, in no small part, been attributable to the relations and business generated by the Funeral Directors who patronize and assist to promote the burial site. 

“The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire fir personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.” (Eugene B. Habecker)

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LIVES TRANSFORMED at Youth Convention 2019!

Wednesday May 29, 2019
The United Church’s Youth Convention 2019 was a life-transforming experience for some of our Youths, who came out to be inspired and challenged to live the theme, “DNA: Get It! Live It!”

Held on April 20 at Kendal Camp and Conference Centre, Manchester, the theme made reference to “Deliberately Nurturing Another for Christ”, which indeed captured the activities and outcomes of the event.  

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WRMC Synodical Children's Rally!

Wednesday May 22, 2019
The Western Regional Mission Council’s Synodical Children’s Rally was a tremendous church– and community-impacting affair on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019! With two hundred and eighty-seven (287) children and sixty-one (61) Church School teachers representing twenty-two (22) Church Schools, the Region celebrated the life and contributions of many of their children, with this event aimed at showcasing and developing their gifts and talents and shaping them for continued worship of God.   

Young Akim Bowen of the Lilliput United Church delivered the message for the Day, challenging the congregation based on Acts 16:2536, to be fearless and fervent in prayer, just as the Apostle Paul and Silas were. He prophesied that their “prison doors” will be opened and they will be set free to worship and make other disciples. 

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Our Moderator's Challenge

Wednesday May 15, 2019
At the UCJCI’s 41st Synod, our newly-installed Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans, offered a thought-provoking challenge to the Church, to stand us in good stead for a fruitful synodical period: 2019-2021!

The persistent erosion of family values in our societies has been accompanied by a mushrooming of antisocial behaviour and a degeneration of community. He therefore suggested…

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SRMC Synodical Children's Rally!

Wednesday Apr 24, 2019
Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, was a day to remember across the UCJCI’s Southern Regional Mission Council! Three hundred and fifty seven (357) children and one hundred and thirty seven (137) adults from 26 congregations joined in the Synodical Children’s Rally, to celebrate the gifts, talents, and ministry of our children. The worship was rich. It began with an intentional March from Manchester Shopping Centre, led by the Manchester High School Cadets and the Girls’ Brigade. 

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CIRMC Synodical Rally!

Wednesday Apr 17, 2019
With approximately one hundred and twenty (120) children and Youth in attendance, the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council’s Synodical Children’s and Youth Rally, held on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, was filled with worshipful artistry, meaning, and impact!

Marching to the popular song, “Enter into Jerusalem” the children entered Elmslie Memorial United Church in Grand Cayman with their palms in hand, in remembrance and celebration of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem...

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NERMC Synodical Children's Rally!

Thursday Apr 11, 2019
NERMC Synodical Children’s Rally!!

The North Eastern Regional Mission Council’s Synodical Children’s Rally, held at Webster Memorial United Church on April 7, 2019, was a wonderful fare of music, song, mime, dance, dub-poetry, poster and poetry competitions, and drum-beating!With a near-capacity audience, the children gathered and ministered to an eager congregation, filled with delight at the spiritedness and talent of such endearing young ones...

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UCYAAM Ingathering Inspires!

Wednesday Apr 03, 2019
In fulfilling their mission of winning souls for the Kingdom of God and building up the Body of Christ, the United Church Young Adults Action Movement (UCYAAM) has embarked on a national Ingathering Project. This initiative showcases the gifts and talents of our young adults, and is also meant to raise funds and other resources for mission engagements. 

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An Enduring Legacy!

Monday Apr 01, 2019
An enduring passion for ministry, a love for life and family, and a signature hearty laughter are only some of the ways to describe the beloved late Reverend Bevis Berthad Byfield, former Minister of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands! 

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