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Advancing the Gospel in Word and Deed -UCJCI in Partnership Across Denominations in Jamaica and North America

Wednesday Jul 07, 2021
 
The Jamaica Ecumenical Mutual Mission (JEMM), is an
ecumenical entity which undertakes joint work in mission
with the aim of manifesting the Gospel in word and deed.
JEMM was established in 1979 and currently comprises
the following denominations; the Methodist Church in the
Caribbean and the Americas—Jamaica District, The
Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and
the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
These groups work in collaboration with the Presbytery of
St. Augustine of the Presbyterian Church, USA, whose
mission arm is the St. Augustine Mutual Mission (SAMM).
Together, as JEMM, joint work has been undertaken in the
following areas:
Housing
Agriculture
Health Ministry
Youth Exchange Programme
Adult Exchange Programm

World Council of Churches-Christian Unity, Cooperation and Solidarity

Wednesday Jun 30, 2021
 
World Council of Churches (WCC) is the most
extensive and inclusive ecumenical movement
organisation in the world. A movement that
calls for Christian unity. Christians Unity is about
cooperation and solidarity amongst Christians in issues
relevant around the world. The WCC sees itself as an
international venue for the promotion of such cooperation
and solidarity.
What does WCC Believe?
The organisation’s founding tenets are based on the
members common acknowledgement of Jesus Christ’s life
and teachings and adherence to the Christian faith.
WCC makes a claim, “The WCC brings together churches,
denominations and church fellowships in more than 110
countries and territories throughout the world, representing
over 500 million Christians and including most of the
world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist,
Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as
many United and Independent churches. While the bulk of
the WCC's founding churches were European and North
American, today most member churches are in Africa,
Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and
the Pacific. There are now 350 member churches.”
(https://www.oikoumene.org/about-the-wcc)“

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World Communion Of Reformed Churches Fostering Justice

Wednesday Jun 23, 2021
 
Theology, justice, church unity and mission are
the primary concerns of the World
Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) of
which UCJCI is a part.
Some 100 million Christians in Congregational, Presbyterian,
Reformed, United, Uniting and Waldensian churches in over 105
countries of the world, believe that Christian faith is responding
to God’s call to meet spiritual needs and foster justice for all in
the transformation of the world through the love of Jesus Christ.
Stating in its vision statement that, The World Communion of
Reformed Churches is called to communion and is committed to
justice, WCRC works through two strategic trajectories: -
Strengthening and deepening the Koinonia; and Growing and
expanding its work for a greater global impact.. The interlocking
concerns—Communion, Justice, Theology, Mission, Ecumenical
Engagement and Interreligious Cooperation— are addressed
through leadership development, resourcing mission initiatives
and offering ,opportunities for study, reflection and dialogue on
matters of interest to Reformed church leaders and lay people,
including youth. 

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UCJCI Works In Partnership Within Council For World Mission

Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
 
The Council for World Mission is a partnership of
Christian churches with thirty-two members across the
world representing some 21 million Christians in 40
countries. Together, these members commit to sharing their
resources of money, people, skills and insights globally to carry
out God’s mission in local spaces. The nexus of partnership sharing is the mission of God. The
aspirations of this family of churches is captured
in the vision statement, “ Life-flourishing
communities, living out God’s promise of a New
Heaven and a New Earth.”
The history of CWM is combined in the endeavours
of the London Missionary Society, the Commonwealth Missionary Society and the (English)
Presbyterian Board of Mission which were
incorporated into CWM in 1977.

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UCJCI Works In Partnership

Wednesday Jun 09, 2021
 
UCJCI works in partnership as we participate in God’s
mission in this world. Human beings were created for
community and there is much common cause and
concern between organisations, churches, countries
and communities. Pooled resources — people, ideas,
finances and other materials — can accomplish more
exponentially than unilateral action. Over the next few
weeks Update will feature some of the partnerships in
which UCJCI participates. In this issue, the focus is on
CANACOM.


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Ministry With Children- The Sequel

Wednesday Jun 02, 2021
 
Uniformed Groups—Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade

Girls' Brigade Cayman Islands

Girls’ Brigade in the Cayman Islands Regional
Mission Council has been active for 74 years and
offers girls a safe, secure environment, which is
supervised by adult leaders who lead within a Christian framework. This international, interdenominational Christian youth
organization holds the aim ‘to help girls to become followers
of the Lord Jesus Christ and through self-control, reverence
and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life.’
There are five companies operating in the congregations of
the UCJCI in the Cayman Islands.
Similar to the international movement, the programme of GB
in Cayman focuses on the development of girls spiritually,
physically, socially and educationally and, is
designed to be challenging, interactive, relevant and
exciting.

The Boys' Brigade- Jamaica

At a time when criminal and in other ways dysfunctional
activities of males have been in the news, there has
also been much discussion about interventions which
will aid in the nurture of boys into honourable men. The Boys’
Brigade is a movement which provides opportunities for
children and young people to learn, grow and discover in a
safe, fun and caring environment rooted in the Christian faith.
The movement’s partnership with churches to engage
generations of children and young people with messages of
hope rooted in Jesus is deliberate and one which UCJCI has
taken seriously for many years.

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Ministry With Children

Wednesday May 26, 2021
 
Uniformed groups are a part of UCJCI’s ministry
with children. The Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades
are both international non-denominational
organisations with companies located within some UCJCI
congregations. In this issue Update features the Girls’
Brigade in Jamaica.
UCJCI Company, the first outside of Europe
Girls’ Brigade—Girls Lives Transformed, God’s World
Enriched.
Founded in 1893 in Ireland by Margaret Lyttle, Girls’ Brigade
is described as ‘a relational, relevant and
responsive worldwide movement focused on working amongst
girls and women’. The empowerment of girls, children and
young women is the goal and they are encouraged to ‘be
themselves, to develop and use their gifts and skills and to
discover what it means to have life in full in their generation’.
https://gbworldwide.org/)
The first company formed outside of
Europe was at Brownsville Presbyterian (now United) Church in 1923. The
organization was actually Girl’s Guildry
as the movement was named in Scotland. The company in Jamaica was
founded by Mrs. Brooks, wife of the Rev. Phillip Brooks, a Scottish Minister
who came to Jamaica to work . In 1949 the Rev. Madge Saunders
(then Miss Madge Saunders) returned to Jamaica from the United Kingdom
and took over the Girls Guildry in Jamaica as Organizing Training
Officer. International Vice-President for Caribbean and the Americas,
Quindell Ferguson, member of St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk,
recalls learning mottos, doing Bible study, drilling, playing
games as she went up the ranks. She started the 6th
Kingston company at Scots Kirk.

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A Ministry of Healing-UCJCI Children's Homes

Wednesday May 19, 2021
 
For 99 years, UCJCI has been providing shelter,
protection, spiritual and physical nurture and
socialization for children who are wards of the
State. UCJCI operates two Children’s Homes—the Mount
Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester, and the Pringle Home
for Girls in St. Mary.
Pringle Home for Girls is a grand lady of 99 years,
established by Rev. and Mrs. James Mc Nee and their
daughter Kathie. Money to construct the building was
donated by the then Custos, Dr. John Pringle, hence the
name of the Home.
Mount Olivet Boys’ Home is of younger vintage at 54
years old and between both institutions 65 children are currently
embraced in UCJCI’s arms of ministry with children.
According to Jeanette Rose Bryan, Director, Pringle Home,
“Sometimes families are unable to function effectively and
sometimes the development of the children is affected
negatively. When this happens, the Child Protection and
Family Services Agency intervenes. There is a legal process
through the courts that determines the outcome of each case.
Our children come to us through this system as Children in
Need of Care and Protection.”

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Spotlight on Church School Ministry

Wednesday May 12, 2021
 
Perhaps the most familiar expression of ministry
with children for most persons is Sunday School.
During this time the Christian education and
nurture of children take place either while the worship
service is attended by the adults or in the afternoon on a
Sunday. Many Jamaicans and Caymanians were sent to
Sunday School even if parents did not go.
This means of engaging children remains at the heart of
children’s ministry in the United Church. Although the
name transitioned to ‘Church’ School instead of ‘Sunday’
School the purpose is the same—nurturing the church in
the Christian faith, especially the children.

UNITED CHURCH STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
2021

What has the United Church targeted for action in 2021 arising
from the 42nd Synod?
Synodical priorities are the areas of focus which have been
identified from the leading of the Holy Spirit through reflection
on the reports tendered at the Pre-Synod Consultations in
regions, the deliberations in groups and plenary during
Synod, discerned through worship, prayer, bible study and
sermon challenges during the week of Synod, all impacted by
the contextual realities of Cayman, Jamaica and the wider
world. 

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Keeping Children Safe

Wednesday May 05, 2021
 
The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
launched a Child Care and Protection Policy in May 2016. The
policy establishes basic provisions for the protection and safety
of children — infants, children up to 12 years of age and young
persons, (‘teenagers’) under the age of 18— who are under the
care and responsibility of the United Church in Jamaica and the
Cayman Islands.
Scope
The Child Protection Policy takes into account the need for
directives surrounding the general safety and care-giving of
children as well as physical and interpersonal conduct within
the church: on its grounds, within its congregations and in all
church-related activities including church services, Sunday or
Church School, summer camps and church excursions. 

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