United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

UCJCI Update

Page:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 [11-20] [21-28

 

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.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


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.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


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

please click here for more information (PDF file)


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.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


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

please click here for more information (PDF file)


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.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


THE ISSUE OF DOUBT by Rev. Nobert Stephens, General Secretary, UCJCI

Wednesday Jun 01, 2022
 
Fundamentally, to have doubts is to be caught between
two seemingly opposing forces. It is possible for doubts
and fears to co-exist within us – Mark 9: 20-4.
• Do we not sometimes have doubts about God and
God’s role in our life and our world?
• Can we conclusively say that God is in charge?
• Do we believe everything we hear in church about
God and faith?
• Does science and technology not contradict some of the
core beliefs of faith and the church?
All of us have doubts. Those who claim they don’t have what Charles
Swindol calls, unquestioned answers.
Some characteristics of doubting:
1. When we doubt, our minds are at work. Thinking as you know
can be dangerous. It often gets us into trouble with others.
Doubting is when there is a tension between our intellect and our
beliefs:
• In the face of calamity and grief
• Unanswered prayers or opposite answers
• When we live right and suffer miserably for it
• When what we are taught and what seems natural cannot be
easily reconciled
Using Thomas’ encounters with Jesus in the book of John (11:16; 14:
1-5; 20: 24-29) here are some other truths about doubting.
2. When we doubt, we often do it alone – in solitude and seclusion –
Thomas was not with the rest of the Disciples in chapter 20. 

please click here for more information (PDF file)


OVERCOMING VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS THROUGH PEACEBUILDING RESILIENCY IN CHILDREN

Wednesday May 25, 2022
 
The International University of the Caribbean, with the launch
of it’s Peace Institute and Extended Learning Centre,
recognizes that crime and violence in the Jamaican society has
been at an unacceptable level for many decades. Violence has
increasingly become a feature of school life for many Jamaican
students, especially those in high school. A study by Soyibo
and Lee (2000), done among high school students, found that
60.8% of students had witnessed violence at school and 29%
had caused injury. The conclusion of this study was that
“effective programmes are urgently needed to address the high
rate of violence recorded in this study among high school
youths in Jamaica.”
The IUC Peace Institute has entered into a strategic partnership
with the Child Resiliency Programme and the Violence
Prevention Alliance that gives focused attention to adolescence
from schools within the inner-city community of Boy’s Town,
Kingston. This programme has been operating since 2006 when
it started at the Hope United Church reaching out to children at
risk in schools within the Papine and Hope communities

please click here for more information (PDF file)


“Listen Up, Children's Voices Matter” Conversation Starters from The Visual and Performing Arts Department

Wednesday May 18, 2022
 
May being child’s month, the creative ministry has owned the national children’s theme and is mirroring its work
around it.
Pieces like I Have No Words- highlight the Secret Gardens Monument in downtown Kingston and introduce us to listen
to the voices of some of our children whose conversation had an abrupt end when they were killed.
Viewers will see a man leaving while a female enters to look at the monument which has run out of space for the new
names to be added. They will hear the voice of a young dead girl speaking, which is perhaps the memory of the
woman, who sighed before walking away with her hand on her head. There will be a follow up with the lady in the form
of a conversation, where she will talk about her experience.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


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.

please click here for more information (PDF file)


Page:  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 [11-20] [21-28

United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands