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School in the Sanctuary

Wednesday Jan 05, 2022
 
From 2018, the Bushy Park United Church in Jamaica operated as a
homework centre for children of varying ages, in and around the
community, up until the start of the pandemic, when they started the
School Support Initiative.
During the week when school is in session, the computer room and the
pews of the sanctuary act as classrooms for 18 students on average.
Notably, this initiative has helped up to 50 students as they have been
rotating in adherence to COVID-19 infection control and prevention
measures.
Elder Carlos Shepherd shared that the Minister, Rev. Astor Carlyle and the
Associate Minister, Rev. Delroy Harris, along with the members of the
church, have been very welcoming of this initiative.
“The responses from the ministers have been favourable. They supported it, they were excited and
they jumped on it from the get-go," he expressed adding that the church was happy that the
children could get to go to school. 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Synod Centre

Wednesday Dec 22, 2021
 
Though Covid-19 has placed limitations on our gathering this year, we were still able to
celebrate the gift God has given to us. Our annual carol service which was held today via zoom,
Wednesday, December 22, 2021, was filled with much laughter, worship and cheer warranted by our
contextual re-enactment of the nativity story. Following Act 1 Scene 1 and 2, was a choral Bible reading from Mathew 1: 18-25 done by representatives from North-Eastern Regional Mission Council and Meadowrest Memorial Gardens.

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The United Church Senior Citizen’s Home

Wednesday Dec 15, 2021
 
The Director the united Church senior
citizen’s home, Janice Bailey, embarked
on a three-step project to repair,
replace and renew on October 1. Since
the start of the one year 3Rs project, the
home has achieved several of its goals
through donations of cash and
materials, and through service.
The most recent of these was the
Christmas clean up that was undertaken last weekend, December 10 and 11. The
premises of the home, located on Villa Road in Mandeville Manchester, was
cleaned up and the outside of the main house painted.

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A New Covenant

Wednesday Dec 08, 2021
 
Jeremiah 31:31-33
With the old covenant we faced imminent destruction
because no one or thing could save us from our sin. This
changed with the coming of Christ as prophesized by
Jeremiah. Now we have a new covenant through Jesus who
has come and is coming again. Is there anything about the
coming of Christ that makes a difference to us or will change
who we are? In this season, where is our focus and for whom
do we hope? Are we caught up in the illusion of Goodness
without Godliness, Christmas without Christ, Santa Claus
mysteriously giving us gifts? Or is our focus on the
resurrection and the life? (John 11:25).
Many people want something new for Christmas- new
furniture, a new car, new gadgets etc., because what we have
now could not be all God wanted for us. 

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MODERATOR’S MESSAGE UNION SUNDAY December 5, 2021

Wednesday Dec 01, 2021
 
My Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I greet you warmly on this Union Sunday.
We pause each year on the 1st Sunday in December to reconnect with our history as a church; to
celebrate our journey and witness, and to hear from God afresh as we live out our faith. We remember today the contributions of the Congregationalists, the Disciples of Christ and the Presbyterians to the Mission of Christ in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
We celebrate the fact that as a result of the movement of God’s Spirit and the obedience of God’s
people, all three Denominations, over time, were able to find the will power to make the required
changes and adjustments in their polity towards the greater witness of Christian Unity.

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IUC honours two outstanding lay-leaders of the United Church

Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
 
The International University of the Caribbean (IUC),
will be presenting its first honorary degrees to two
outstanding Jamaicans and Lay leaders of the
United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands,
who have served the church country well, making
significant contributions in education and
accounting. The presentations will be made at the
university’s annual graduation ceremony that will be
held at 1 p.m. on November 25, 2021, at the Hope
United Church, 221 Old Hope Road. The nominees
are, Mrs Irene L. Walter CD, and Mr Donald
Reynolds CD.

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Ordination 2021 - No hugs, handshakes nor kisses

Wednesday Nov 17, 2021
 
For the first time in 56 years the United
Church in Jamaica and the Cayman
Islands ordained three ministers to
Word and Sacraments in a way foreign
to the practice of our denomination.
Our service of ordination, which has for
many years occurred at the Ridgemount
United Church in Manchester, took place
on November 11, 2021, at the Webster
Memorial Church in Kingston.
Reverend Anna-Kay Henry-McGregor,
Reverend Sandra Collins, and Reverend
Wendell McKoy, were ordained.

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Ordination: Occasion and Opportunity By Rev Henley Bernard, Director of Ministerial Formation

Wednesday Nov 10, 2021
 
The rite of ordination is one of the most anticipated
and celebrated events in the life of the church. The
practice has been part of the Christian community
from earliest times. It has its origins in Jesus’ call of his
disciples during the early days of his ministry, his
commission of them on the eve of his ascension (Matt.
16-20), and the act of consecration witnessed in the
doing of the leaders of the early church as they set
apart, first the deacons, and then Paul and Barnabas to
the specific ministry to which they were either
appointed or sensed they were being called (Acts6:6;
13:1-3).
While ordination is considered a sacrament in some
sections of the church, in the reformed community to
which the United Church belongs, it is considered an
ordinance and is the ritual through which those
sensing a call to serve in the office of pastor have that
authority conferred upon them by the faith
community. The person being ordained is authorized
to preach the Word, administer the Sacraments and
ordinances and provide leadership, among other
things, in the pursuit of the mission entrusted by Jesus
Christ.

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Meet the 2021 Ordinands

Wednesday Nov 03, 2021
 
Pastor Anna-Kay Henry-McGregor, Pastor Wendell McKoy, JP and Pastor Sandra Collins are
the 2021 Ordinands in the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. We offer to them
our heartiest congratulations and wish them profound blessing in their ministry. 

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Constitution Corner

Wednesday Oct 27, 2021
 
This month’s edition of Constitution Corner will take a look at Elders – who they are, how
they are elected and their term of office.
Who are Elders?
Elders are officers of the congregation who, along with the Minister, form the
Congregational Board. The Congregational Board is the local executive body of the
congregation. (Basis of Union, paragraph 3(b)(ii))
Who can become an Elder?
Any suitable person from among the members of the congregation may be elected as an
Elder. (Chapter 2, Section 2(b) of the Constitution)
How many Elders should a congregation have?
It will depend on each congregation. Each congregation will decide how many Elders it
needs, based on the number of members it has and other factors considered relevant.
(Chapter 2, Section 2(b) of the Constitution)

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