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Reigniting Youth and Children’s Ministry in the SRMC

Wednesday Nov 23, 2022
 
In this Issue
Reigniting Youth and Children’s Ministry in SRMC pg 1-2
The Official Renaming of the Prospect Centre to Olive Miller Memorial Building pg 3
Tribute to Mrs Olive Miller pg 3
Cayman Culture Night pg 4
Prayer Corner pg 5
Liturgy for Worship pg 5

Reigniting Youth and Children’s Ministry in the SRMC
Having recognized the impact, the pandemic has had on congregations and auxiliaries, the
Southern Regional Mission Council has embarked on pumping energy into the Youth and
Children’s ministry in the region. Activities and developments of the ministry came to a
screeching halt in many congregations which has impacted the reach to the children and
young people. However, ministry leaders and teachers are being encouraged and engaged
to reignite the ministry. This culminated in the region’s hosting of Youth Rally and Kids
Quake.

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2022 Ordination - Rev Alja Dias

Wednesday Nov 16, 2022
 
On November 10, the doors of Ridgemount United Church, in Mandeville
Manchester, were fully opened for the 2022 Service of Ordination. Scores of
well-wishers, amongst family and friends, of Rev. Alja Dias were in
attendance.
This year’s event followed its usual order of events commencing with the
procession of Clergy donning their red, white, and black vestments.
Reverend Dias, who is currently the youngest ordained Reverend in the United
Church and the Cayman Islands, was the sole ordinand to the Ministry of
Word and Sacraments this year.
This momentous occasion for the lover of arts and the supervisory chef came
with a flood of emotions as he prepared for another leg of the journey. Yet, he
remains grounded in the certainty of his call as a servant-leader with great
promise.
Hailing from Lucea United Congregation, in the Western Regional Mission
Council, Rev. Dias was placed at the Lowe River Charge in the Southern
Regional Mission Council.
If you were not there to share in his ordination and the enriching word shared
by Rev. Lembe Sivile, Minister of the Meadowbrook United Church, we invite
you to watch the service on YouTube on UCJCI’s Channel.

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From Former to Future Glory by Mr. Herman Wilson

Friday Nov 11, 2022
 
Every believer in Christ Jesus has been sealed with the Holy
Spirit for the day of redemption, and lives in the hope of the
future glory of God.
Through the life and times of Israel, God by God’s providence,
invariably demonstrates that the choices of humanity apart from
God, will, result in hopelessness. This is because we have all
fallen short of God’s glory.
Because of the disobedience of the Israelites, the Babylonians in
597 B.C., destroyed first temple built by King Solomon This
temple was glorious because the Ark of the Covenant was there.
However, that glory eventually faded, and the Israelites were
exiles in Babylon for seventy years as punishment for their
hardheartedness.
Upon their return to the Promised Land, the Israelites undertook
the rebuilding the temple. However, due to objections from the
people who had occupied the land during their absence, they
ceased from the work and became complacent.
God called the prophet Haggai to motivate Israel to resume and
complete the reconstruction of the temple. Initially, many of the
older Israelites who saw the former temple, wept on seeing the
small size of the second temple. God, however, assured them
that although the second temple was far less impressive, its
future glory would be exceedingly great. God told Israel that
even from the time of their journey from Egypt, God’s Spirit has
always been among them.

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Lessons from Habakkuk Rev. Norbert Stephens – General Secretary (UCJCI)

Wednesday Nov 02, 2022
 
Please read Habakkuk 1:1-4
At some time or the other all of us have engaged in
sightseeing. Some of us in faraway places others of us within
these shores. Indeed, some of us are seasoned tourists who
have seen and experienced many, some or a few of the great
sights and wonders of this world. Often for every visit we tend
to ask two pertinent questions, “why?” and “how long?”
You see there are basically two ways to engage in
sightseeing, the first is as a tourist, the second is with a mission
in mind.
When you are a tourist, your sightseeing has intent
without long-term investment. Your interest is to be informed
and or inspired but the sight is merely one on your bucket list
and while you might ask the questions of why and how long,
once done, you are moving on to another sight. Intent without
long-term investment.
When you sightsee with a missional focus in mind you
have intent with long-term investment. This is not merely a
place or issue on your bucket list; indeed, it is the bucket on
your list. You are no longer a tourist, you become vested. For
the location or issue requires both your ongoing presence
and participation. Intent with long-term investment.
Truth be told, you cannot truly engage in mission
without sightseeing. One enables the other… it’s the act of
sightseeing, which generates the mission, which in turn seeks to
address the why and how long questions.
The prophet Habakkuk, like Martin Luther, engaged
in sightseeing and the same generated for both the why and
how long questions.

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Is the church dead? By Rev. Kraig De Leon Diedrick

Wednesday Oct 26, 2022
 
The church today exists in a post-modern age or what some
would characterize as a post-church age; one in which the
relevance and effectiveness of the church is and has been
called into question and even greater scrutiny. There are
many amongst her members who are already conducting a
post-mortem which suggests that those ‘many’ believe that
she is dead. Instead of searching for her pulse, they are trying to determine where to cut.
In the landscape of churches, we are considered among the
“Traditional” churches, mainly because of our long history
as a denomination inclusive of our antecedents. Colloquially, we are seen as traditional because of the value placed on
the singing of hymns and sometimes, the use of organ music. Not to mention the fact that “praise and worship” and
the playing of the trap-set are fairly new phenomena. But
even more so, we are seen as traditional because we do not
necessarily run up and down and perform acrobatic feats in
the aisle of the church.

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UNITED CHURCH WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCE By Mrs Pauline Bryan

Wednesday Oct 19, 2022
 
The Biennial Conference of the Women’s Fellowship was held from Friday, October 14 to Saturday, October 15, 2022, under the
theme: “Women Rooted in Christ – Bearing Fruits”.
On Friday, October 14, the conference was held virtually. Reports were presented and adopted from all the working
Committees. The Financial Report was also presented, as was the budget for 2022-2024, which was approved by the
Conference. The evening ended with a Bible Study conducted by Mrs Michelle Ashwood-Stewart.
On Saturday, October 15, members of the Fellowship gathered at Andrews United Church. There were also members online from
all four Councils. The Council reports were presented, as well as reports from our affiliate groups such as the Girls’ Brigade and
Church Women United. For the afternoon session, our Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Gary Harriott brought us greetings and challenged
us to join the peace initiatives which are so important at this time. Rev. Norbert Stephens, General Secretary, Mrs Rose
Wedderburn, RDGS, NERMC, and Mrs Janet McConnell, RDGS, SRMC were also in attendance.

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Meadowbrook United 63rd Anniversary

Wednesday Oct 12, 2022
 
Meadowbrook United Church celebrated its 63rd Anniversary
with a special Service on Sunday, September 18, 2022, under the
theme: Resilient and Energized for the Journey. The message
was delivered by one of our past Ministers, Rev. Dr. Collin
Cowan.
This service was well attended by many of our members included
several people who were in the sanctuary for the first time since
the advent of COVID-19 in 2020.
Specially invited guests included Rev. Raymond Coke and Mrs.
Ruth Coke, Rev. Dr. Derik Davidson and Mrs. Hermena
Davidson. Other specially invited guests, some of whom were
physically in attendance, included the Principals, Staff and
Students of Meadowbrook High School, Meadowbrook Preparatory School, Stratton Early Childhood
Development Centre and Reg Keizs Early Childhood Development Centre.
The service was further enriched by offerings from the MUC Dancers and the Hands of Praise Ministry.
We continue to give God the Glory as we continue to shine His beacon in the community.

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UNITED CHURCH MEN’S FELLOWSHIP SYNODICAL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2022

Wednesday Oct 05, 2022
 
Each year, we pause to celebrate the United
Church Synodical Men’s Fellowship Sunday.
This year we do so under the theme “Men
on a Mission – From Crisis to Christ”.
Crisis may be defined as a situation that is
extremely dangerous or when there are
many problems. As we examine the state of
our world today, we are forced to conclude
that it is in crisis. There are indeed many
problems. Currently, there is a war between
Russia and Ukraine that has created an
energy crisis, a food security crisis and an
international transportation crisis to name a
few. There is an environmental crisis caused
by climate change. The Covid 19 pandemic
appears to be receding, but we are now
faced with Monkey Pox. One crisis after
another.

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Giving is a Grace from God by Rev. Donovan Myers, CIRMC

Wednesday Sep 28, 2022
 
Please read 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
For many people, giving represents an appeal to altruistic
feelings. We give because it’s the human thing to do. If
others are in need, our duty is to ‘help out’ where we can.
But also, many see giving as a necessary outpouring of their
excess. I have more than I need, so I should share. While
those two motivations might be reasonable, the letter from
Paul to the Corinthians speaks about giving in a way that
challenges some commonly held assumptions. On the one
hand, for him, giving fundamentally challenges the concept
of ownership, the right we have to possess ‘stuff’. It asserts
that what we think is ours, is only ours on loan. We are not
really owners but rightly managers. Giving, then is an
outworking of the responsibility of our management of those
resources. We don’t lay claim to things in a way that ties us
to them and them to us. On the other hand, when Paul wrote
in the way that he did about the giving of the Macedonian
Christians, he was challenging the Greco Roman worldview
that wealth was the result or sign of divine approval. That
somehow, it is in having a lot of stuff that we demonstrate
out strong connection to God or that God likes us. Both
people who have a lot and people who have a little are
blessed by God. 

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Grounded in Prayer by Mrs. Sonia Wallace, CIRMC

Wednesday Sep 21, 2022
 
Throughout the month of September, we have been exploring
the topic “A church responding with God-given confidence.”
From Old Testament to New, the Bible depicts prayer to our
Heavenly Father as our response to a loving God who knows us
and watches over us. Heb 4:13 tells us “Nothing in all creation
is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid
bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
The passage affirms that God is in control. God sees and is
aware of everything and everyone. In relationship with us, God
directs our steps, supplies our needs, is ever present with us, and
works supernaturally on our behalf. This is so whether it is for
our deliverance, healing, comfort, protection, provision, or
guidance for living lives pleasing to God.
A life grounded in prayer
This reflection is a reminder of our need to live a life grounded
in prayer to God at all times and in all circumstances. We will
briefly look at Jesus, our example, also Paul’s exhortation to
Timothy and draw examples from the experience of the prophet
Jeremiah and the Psalmist Asaph.

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