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From Farm to Table at Mount Olivet Boys’ Home -Sheree O'connor Programme Secretary, SRMC

Wednesday May 11, 2022
 
Since 2018, the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester
has been on a mission to provide quality tea leaves. The
project began with conversation with the leadership of
Jamaica Information Service, Mr Norman Wright, CEO of
Perishables Jamaica Limited and Mr. Patrick Newman,
Director of the Mount Olivet Boys Home (MOBH).
A demand for tea was noted and created an income
generating opportunity for the home. One hundred (100)
tea plants were donated to start the project. These included
Peppermint, Neem and Rosemary. Additional Peppermint
plants have since been added to the project.
The home received assistance and training in caring for
the plants and the proper way to reap in order to provide
leaves of optimal quality.
After harvesting the leaves, they are dried and sold to
Perishables Jamaica Limited, manufacturers of Tops and
Sipacupa tea brands. The harvest a few months ago
generated $59,000 in revenue, with another harvest to take
place in the next couple of months.

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Blessed with many Mothers -by a member from the SRMC

Wednesday May 04, 2022
 
Last week I read that article about “What’s
on the menu- Feed my Sheep”, and nodded
my head in agreement with the points that
were made. However, my nodding came to
a contemplative halt when somehow, I
recognized that a woman’s role was
silently pronounced in that piece, at least to
my understanding. I saw woman as
mother, homemaker, nurturer, teacher,
Sunday school teacher, and church aunts. It
made me consider what my relationship
with women is like.
The thing is, my mother was not there to
feed me. This is always a delicate topic
because people tend to get riled up when
we mention fathers on Mother’s Day, but
that is just some people’s reality. It’s mine,
he is the parent that has been present. 

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What’s on the menu? -Feed My Sheep

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022
 
Do you remember learning that song by the name of
“Watch Your Eyes” in Sunday school? It tells us to
watch our eyes, ears, lips, hands, feet “for there is a
Father up above looking down in tender love.”
The duty of the adult child does not stop when the little
ones memorize the lyrics of this song, for the same
instruments that they will remember to watch are fixed
on the teacher, even before then.
The home is the first place of socialization and parents
are the first teachers whether they choose to be or not.
With that we consider what’s on the menu. What are
you serving? The early stages of development are of
utmost importance. Ever stopped to wonder how a
child is so compelled to try to learn how to walk or
even how they know what to do in their attempt to?
What about talking, or using a fork, or a phone? They
saw or heard someone and they eventually got it and
remembered with practice. That is, them repeatedly
attempting and you repeatedly doing, saying, going
etc.

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A Safe Place to Explore your Faith: Connect to everything God has for your life

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022
 
Covid-19 caused "church" as we know it to be disrupted on one
hand and transformed on the other. When curfews were
imposed, we had to discover new methods to engage ourselves as
Christian youths. Prior to Covid-19, youth attendance at
various events was strong, but the pandemic allowed formation
to a virtual youth fellowship. This was fantastic for
inter-fellowshipping, but it also meant that our youths
with restricted internet connection were left out. Early
in the pandemic, the church suspended in-person
worship, but it wasn't long before members began to
miss their church family, particularly youth meetings
and, most importantly, the annual Sports Day, which
we usually plan months in advance. However, despite
the physical closure of churches during the time
allotted, the need for spiritual care persisted; we thank
God that the time has come for us to return to the
physical church as physical limitations harmed not
just our teens but also our children.

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An Excerpt from The HOLY WEEK of DRAMA’ by Rev. Paul DaCosta-Pinto

Wednesday Apr 13, 2022
 
Dem tek im way. From Annas, to Caiaphas to Herod to
Pilate. An a so dem a run up an down. An Jesus calm, like
Him in charge, as if everything wa happen a him set it
so. You can imagine me after all my big talk. Me fraid an
pride a kill me. I was following. I stay far. Everything
keeps turning over in my head.
(Voices)
“Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from
me. Nevertheless, not my will…”
Pilate: Are you a King Jesus: You say so
“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter and as lamb…he
opened not his mouth”
“You have no power over me… know this, if I wanted I
could have called ten thousand angels”
“They parted my garments among them, and for my
vesture did they gambled.” (Matthew 27:35)
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they
do.” (Luke 23:34)
“Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
“Woman, behold thy Son.” (John 19:26)
“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” (Mark
15:34)
“I thirst.” (John 19:28)
“It is finished.” (John 19:30)
“Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke
23:46)

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“Obedience, Discipline and Trust” -A testimony of Yashi Williams of Davyton United Church

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022
 
I received the call to change my life in May
2020 in a way in which I could not ignore! God
reached down from heaven and pulled me out
of the enemy’s camp and set me in His courts. He
spoke, I heard and I HAD to respond.
When the Lord said to me that He would have me
resign, I heard also it will be when He provided the
financial resources to do so. As a result, I started
checking my bank account every day, sometimes 3 times per
day waiting. So, imagine my surprise when I
received the command to resign and I had two
hundred and mash dollars in my account... That did
not sit well with me at all. However, that word
discipline, which I got to understand really meant
doing what needs to be done, how it is supposed
to be done, EVEN when I do not want to do it.

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The Girls’ Brigade in the UCJCI A vehicle for children’s ministry-By Vanessa Blissett, President of UCYPF

Wednesday Mar 30, 2022
 
I can recall myself at age three, hiding during
drills. Today, in those and other moments, I can humbly
say a sense of pride has been instilled in me. This is a long
term effect of the Girls’ Brigade (GB).
In the UCJCI the GG companies have served as a vehicle
for Children's Ministry. However, GB is one of our
Ministries that offer a life-long enrolment starting mostly
from the age of three. The aim of the Girls’ Brigade is “to
help girls become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ
through self-control, reverence, and a sense of
responsibility, to find true enrichment of life” as Christ
wants us to be in control, reverent, and responsible.

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Working Together- News from the Southern Regional Mission Council

Wednesday Mar 23, 2022
 
For this 2022-2023 period, it has been agreed on by our ordained and lay pastors that the Southern Regional Mission Council will be
focused on growth. We will deliberately engage contextually relevant evangelism and discipleship
strategies in our strategic plans to grow the church spiritually, numerically, and financially to support
ministry and mission.

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TIME MARCHES ON

Wednesday Mar 16, 2022
 
Worry is a waste of time. To worry and to harbour illusions are
of the same value. They produce nothing. Illusions can be
pleasant and may be called fantasy, a fantastic flight of
fancy.

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International Women’s Day March 8 “Break the Bias”

Wednesday Mar 09, 2022
 
International Women’s Day, reminds us as Christians
to actively choose to encourage and enable our
women, without allowing our men to feel
insignificant. This year, the Council for World
Mission (CWM) hosted a virtual Worship, Table
Talk and Poetry surrounding Gender Justice via
Zoom, themed, “Women – Breaking Chains,
Nurturing Communities, Planting Seeds of Hope”. In
this challenging Covid-19 time we struggle with
injustices due to disabilities, race, socioeconomic
status, climate and gender but we have been gifted
with opportunities for education and avenues to
speak up and out on these issues.
As a young Christian, I agree that women are the
“backbone” of our ‘churches and societies’. Women
are “agents of healing - providing food, shelter,
hospitality, health care, comfort and avenues for
peace and reconciliation. Despite the arduous work
of women in contributing to the essentials to life,
including building up the community of believers,
they are often denied full humanity in church and
society.” On the one hand, we are cultured to
perceive women and girls as weaker, subordinate,
and incapable of matching up with men whilst, on
the other, we encourage women to be themselves,
affirm they are loved and should express challenges,
but, do we really consider the conditions being
experienced and the ways we ourselves hinder this
goal?

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