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Making The Best of It-Celine Nicholson, General Secretary, National Secondary Student Council Ridgemount United Church, SRMC

Wednesday Aug 10, 2022
 
Just as we prioritize our academics during the school year it is only typical that
emphasis is placed on winding down in the summer. However, in doing this it is
important that we take a holistic approach in order to maintain a healthy
balance especially as we prepare for the upcoming school year. Here are some
tips to ensure that you have a Winning summer.
HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAYS
• Volunteer within your community. It is important that we contribute to
nation-building.
• Take part in Online Certification Programs that will make your resumes
look even more attractive. These programs will help students to develop
useful skills.
• Work towards achieving at least one goal over the summer holidays.
However big or small, get a few of the things you promised yourself,
done.
• Spend time outdoors with friends and family. This helps to boost our
mood and self-esteem.
• Plan ahead!
If applicable, set some time aside to plan and do research on tertiary
institutions to pursue higher education.

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Are we going backward, moving forward or standing still? Are we truly Independent or Emancipated?

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022
 
The thought-provoking words of Professor Rosalea Hamilton at the 29th
staging of the Churches’ Emancipation lecture, on Sunday, July 31, were
wrapped in an impressive cultural package.
Upon arriving at Meadowbrook United Church, the guests were greeted with
a historical display of various items that sent them reminiscing on the ole
days. Items such as enamel crockery, coconut brush, coal iron, pestle and
mortar, and pressing iron were on display. Appealing to the taste buds of the
familiar and the new was a delectable buffet serving dishes such as saltfish
and mackerel run down with roast breadfruit and cultural treats such as
cornmeal pudding.
The tamarind balls issued assisted the audience in digesting the sweet and
sour truths highlighted in Professor Hamilton’s lecture on the 60 years of
lessons and legacy as she invited us to wrestle with the questions:
Are we going backwards, moving forward or standing still?
Are we truly Independent or Emancipated?

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Pringle Home for Children

Wednesday Jul 27, 2022
 
Established in 1922, the Pringle Home for Girls located in Carron
Hall, St. Mary is celebrating one hundred years of continuous
service in care and protection of vulnerable and at risk children.
The home was established by the then Presbyterian Church
currently the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
(UCJCI). The home is governed by a Board of Directors
appointed by the UCJCI and is given oversight and subvention
by the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of
Education, Youth and Information and its Child Protection and
Family Services Agency (CPFSA).
The UCJCI exercises its mission to protect children identified as
suffering or likely to suffer significant harm by engaging in
services to impact and transform their life outcomes. The
measures include providing access to academic and vocational
training; physical and psychological wellness and safety;
recreational activities for behaviour modification and
rehabilitation; social skills training and spiritual development.
These interventions are targeted to achieve their wholesome
development as socially responsible and productive adults.
Five celebration events are planned to run from July to Decem

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The Churches’ Emancipation Lecture 2022

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022
 
Bethel Baptist, Boulevard Baptist, Hope United, Meadowbrook United,
Webster Memorial United, United Theological College of the West Indies
Jamaica’s Independence Journey to be Analysed at
This Year’s Churches Emancipation Lecture
A critical assessment of Jamaica’s journey during its 60 years
of political independence will be the highlight of the 29th
annual staging of the Churches Emancipation Lecture this
year.
The Lecture will be delivered by economist and social
commentator, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, who is a former
Vice President of the University of Technology. Professor
Hamilton, who is now the CEO of the LASCO Chin
Foundation, will speak on the topic “Our Emancipation and
Independence Journeys: 60 Years and More of Lessons &
Legacies”.
The Lecture will take place on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at 4 pm
at the Meadowbrook United Church, 2 Flemington Drive, in
Havendale, St Andrew. It will be delivered to both a live
public audience and via live-stream, the link for which will be
published shortly. As with previous Emancipation Lectures,
citizens of all walks of life are invited to attend and
participate.



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Marriage Enrichment Seminar

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022
 
To have and to hold, for better, for worse
For richer, for poorer
In sickness and health, ‘til death do us part

Opening the floor for rich discussions at the Marriage
Enrichment Seminar held on June 25, 2022, Rev. J. Oliver
Daley, as moderator and counsellor for over 20 years,
reminded us that marriage is a gift from God and, in a
healthy and secure form is essential to the development
of individuals and society.
Being sensitive to our psycho-social environment and our
responsibility as a church, The United Church in Jamaica
and the Cayman Islands, through the vice-chairs of the
discipleship task force has embarked on a series of
activities starting with targeting marriages through this
seminar.
The panelists shared theoretical, scriptural and
experience-based knowledge guided by the wedding vows.

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Tribute to Mrs. Lola McKinley

Wednesday Jul 06, 2022
 
It is said that when Christopher Columbus returned to Spain
after his first voyage to what is now known as the Americas,
many of his contemporaries were less than excited about his
exploits as an explorer. Some expressed the view that anyone
else could have done what he claimed to have done.
Columbus responded by asking which of them could get an
egg to stand on one end. When all the skeptics failed, the
explorer took an egg, tapped one end of then put it to stand
on the end that was tapped. Some who saw what he did said
that anyone could have done it. Yes, said the explorer, it is
easy now because you have seen me do it.
What happened in the case of Columbus has been so with
many pioneers. They seldom get the credit they deserve from
their contemporaries or even their partners and their exploits
seem ordinary when indeed the same are extraordinary.

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Tribute to Mr. Paul Christopher Miller

Wednesday Jun 29, 2022
 
Whether it was through that inimitably expressive laughter, or
his compelling voice proffering insights regrading an issue,
with the consistent preface, my brother or my sister; or his
trademark, enough is good, in response to the normative how
are you greeting; whether it was by way of his passion for the
marginalized or the dispossessed; or his consistent, incisive and
unrepentant protest of what for him was a policy or an action
or activity rooted in injustice, often willing to be the lone voice
or protestor, Paul Christopher Miller has indelibly deposited his
unique brushstrokes upon that canvas which constitutes the
life and witness of the United Church in Jamaica and the
Cayman Islands.
A member and Elder of the Webster Memorial Church, Paul
served the wider United Church in a number of capacities; this
most human of human beings expressed his Christian faith and
social conscience in three distinct passions, which I would like
to highlight

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Ebenezer Primary and Infant School – a beacon of excellence by Sheree O’Connor, Programme Secretary, SRMC

Wednesday Jun 22, 2022
 
Brilliance and resilience permeate the Ebenezer Primary
and Infant School in Manchester, despite challenges
encountered.
Though some students are disadvantaged due to lack of
exposure and lack of resources, Ebenezer Primary and
Infant School sees excellent performance amongst its
students with them working at various levels. They tend to
do well in Jamaica Cultural Development Commission
(JCDC) Competition, participate in the ALPART Safety
Quiz and recently saw one student representing the parish
at a Jamaica Teachers’ Association meet earlier this
month.
Among the recent accomplishments, is that of Francine
Samuels, a grade 6 student at the institution, who has been
placed third in the parish in the Lay Magistrate’s
Association of Jamaica’s (LMAJ) essay competition. The
competition is one of the social programmes initiated by
the LMAJ with this year’s focus being on how students
have coped during the pandemic. Francine is noted to have
an excellent attitude to work, which makes her an
exceptional student. Her essay will now be judged against
those from other parishes.

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The father-daughter affair by Miss Jonielle Daley, Communication and Information Technology Coordinator.

Wednesday Jun 15, 2022
 
I'm seeing my dad today for the first time in two years...
I think. I don't even remember exactly. It could actually
be three years but I am too excited to even stop and do
the math.
My daddy is coming for Christmas. I mentioned this to
someone yesterday and they asked me if we have a
great relationship and I said yes, then paused to assess
my answer. That pause brought me in a circle for a
good minute but I still arrived at yes.
I am a barrel child, which I believe is self-explanatory.
For those who don't know, that means my parents live
(d) abroad.
I never actually lived with any of my parents until I was
about eight years old. I did that math and I am shocked.
I thought I was much older than that when it finally
happened. Now I think I have to set aside some time to
reflect on that because it would then mean that I have
so many memories and experiences before eight. Wow!

In this issue…

The father-daughter affair - pages 1-2
The Introduction of The
Partners in Mission in SRMC - page 3
Harvest in Falmouth - page 3
Prayer Corner - page 5
Liturgy for At Home
Worship - page 6
Notices - page 7

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Are You Sensing A Call to Ministry? by Rev. Henley Bernard, Director of Ministerial Formation

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022
 
From the earliest times, the observance of the Feast of Pentecost has been of special significance in the life of the Christian
community. It has since served as a persistent reminder of the fulfilment of God’s promise issued through the Prophet
Joel,
“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days. Joel 2:28-29
In many respects, it is because of this fulfilment at Pentecost, immediately following the resurrection of Jesus, that the
earliest Christians demonstrated the required confidence to witness the life-changing experience resulting from being in
the company of Jesus. Their actions, emanating from this newly found confidence, served to ignite and propel the spread
of this Good News (Gospel) beyond Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and, indeed, unto the farthest reaches of the earth.

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