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NERMC Children’s Sports Evangelism

Friday Jul 26, 2019
Cluster 7 of our North-Eastern Regional Mission Council has embarked on a table tennis and sportsmanship training programme for children within the cluster, on Saturdays for the month of July 2019! Eighteen (18) children participated in the first week, while there were twenty-eight (28) participants in the second week.

LEADERSHIP CORNER - Passion: Take This Life and Love It
“When a leader reaches out in passion, he (she) is usually met with an answering passion.” (John C. Maxwell)

Experts spend a lot of time trying to figure out what makes people successful. They often look at people’s credentials, intelligence, education, and other factors. But more than most other things, passion makes the difference. David Sarnoff said, “Nobody can be successful unless he (she) loves his (her) work.”

If you look at the lives of effective leaders, you will find that they often don’t fit into a stereotypical mould. Take a look at four (4) truths about passion and what it can do for you as a leader:

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Friday Jul 26, 2019
It was a great and spirited affair! The UCJCI’s Children’s Camp 2019 included 112 children from 35 congregations from July 6-12 at Madge Saunders Conference Centre, St. Mary. It was also a truly inspiring one for both the campers and leaders, and 73 children committed or recommitted their lives to the Lord! Heaven rejoiced at the new birth, and so do we! A stirring sermon was delivered by camper, Abigail Davis of St. Paul’s Lockett Avenue, at Immanuel United Church during the customary special service on the sec ond day of camp. Indeed, the message was impactful for the campers, who were encouraged to witness for Christ, and comforted by the truth that they are not too young to do so. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER: “Success seems to be connected with action".
Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. (Conrad Hilton)

Leaders are responsible for initiating a connection with their followers. But that’s not the only area where leaders must show initiative. They must always look for opportunities and be ready to take action.  What qualities do leaders possess that enable them to make things happen? There are at least four (4).

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Savanna-la-Mar United Young Adults Evangelize across Sectors!!

Friday Jul 12, 2019
Evangelism is the Heartbeat of the Church, and that is the conviction that led the Young Adults of Savannala-Mar United Church to host their inaugural Heart of Worship Outreach Event.
Held on June 24-28, 2019 at the church, and attended by twenty-three (23) community members and twenty (20) church members, the young adults aimed to interact and share the gospel with the unsaved in various sectors. Those groups included Police Officers, fFremen, Post Office Workers, Pharmacy, and Medical Personnel, as well as staff of the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).

Teachability: To Keep Leading, Keep Learning 
“Value your listening and reading time at roughly ten times your talking time.
This will assure you that you are on a course of continuous learning and selfimprovement.” (Gerald McGinnis)

If a leader already possesses influence and has achieved a level of respect, why should he or she keep growing? The answer is simple: Your growth determines who you are. Who you are determines who you attract. Who you attract determines the success of your organization. If you want to grow your organization, you have to remain teachable.

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Man Cave!!!

Thursday Jul 04, 2019
Approximately seventy-seven (77) males of Webster Memorial United Church (Jamaica) retreated to their Man Cave in a homely setting in the Church Hall on June 13, 2019,  to consider “Manhood Re-wired”!
A “Man Cave” or “manspace” is a metaphor for a male retreat where men feel free to do as they please, indulge in hobbies, and hang out with friends, without fear of upsetting any female sensibilities. There are no women around!
Self-Discipline: The First Person You Lead Is You 
No one achieves and sustains success without selfdiscipline. And no matter how gifted a leader is, his or her gifts will never reach their maximum potential without the application of self-discipline. It positions a leader to go to the highest level and is a key to leadership that lasts.  

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Wednesday Jun 26, 2019
The Moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans, paid his first official visit to the North-Eastern Regional Mission Council (NERMC) from May 16-19, 2019, culminating in a worship service at St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk United Church, Kingston.
This was part of a schedule of ten (10) visits to be paid by the Moderator across our four (4) Regions during his two-year term in office.
The visit to the NERMC was marked by activities such as fruit-tree planting at some of the UCJCI institutions, and visits to our retired, shut-in ordained and commissioned Ministers. 

Leadership Corner Relationships: Indispensable to Effective Leadership 
The ability to work with people and develop relationships is absolutely indispensable to effective leadership. If employees need good people skills, think about how much more critical those skills are for leaders. People truly do want to  go along with people they get along with. And while someone can have people skills and not be a good leader, he or she cannot be a good leader without people skills. What can a person do to manage and cultivate good relationships as a leader? It requires three (3) things:

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Monday Jun 24, 2019
Healthy families play together! That was, indeed, what members of the Men’s and Youth Fellowships of Meadowbrook United Church (MUC) did on their trip to Hollywell National Forest Park, in the hills of St. Andrew, on April 6, 2019!  It was a day of fun, frolic, bible study, meal-sharing, and Power Talk!
The connection between the men and Youth was palpable. Throughout the day they found themselves bonding - a significant and community-transforming development and a tremendous way to mark the church’s 60th year!

Leadership Corner
“You can’t lead people if you need people.” John C. Maxwell
No one can live on a level inconsistent with the way he or she sees him- or herself. You may have observed that in people. If someone sees him- or herself as a loser, he or she finds a way to lose. Anytime a person’s success surpasses their security, the result is self-destruction. That’s not only true for followers, but it’s also true for leaders.

Insecure leaders are dangerous—to themselves, their followers, and the organizations they lead—because a leadership position amplifies personal flaws. Whatever negative baggage you have in life only gets more difficult to bear when you’re trying to lead others

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Wednesday Jun 12, 2019
No activity or movement will be as effective in changing the social, economic and political landscape of Jamaica and the world than Evangelism. It is the heartbeat of God, and the highest call of Christ’s Church. Jesus’ parting words to His disciples were, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). 

“Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.” (John C. Maxwell)
Discernment can be described as the ability to find the root of the matter, and it relies on intuition as well as rational thought. Effective leaders need discernment, although even good leaders don’t display it all the time. For example, read this comment made by a leader:
“I think there is a world market for about five computers.” Thomas J. Watson, Chairman of IBM (1943)
Discernment is an indispensable quality for any leader who desires to maximize effectiveness. 

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Thursday Jun 06, 2019
On 55 acres of rolling, lush countryside, in rustic, easily accessible terrain in St. Catherine, Jamaica, lies Meadowrest Memorial Gardens, established and operated by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands since 1994. The success of this enterprise has, in no small part, been attributable to the relations and business generated by the Funeral Directors who patronize and assist to promote the burial site. 

“The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire fir personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.” (Eugene B. Habecker)

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LIVES TRANSFORMED at Youth Convention 2019!

Wednesday May 29, 2019
The United Church’s Youth Convention 2019 was a life-transforming experience for some of our Youths, who came out to be inspired and challenged to live the theme, “DNA: Get It! Live It!”

Held on April 20 at Kendal Camp and Conference Centre, Manchester, the theme made reference to “Deliberately Nurturing Another for Christ”, which indeed captured the activities and outcomes of the event.  

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WRMC Synodical Children's Rally!

Wednesday May 22, 2019
The Western Regional Mission Council’s Synodical Children’s Rally was a tremendous church– and community-impacting affair on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019! With two hundred and eighty-seven (287) children and sixty-one (61) Church School teachers representing twenty-two (22) Church Schools, the Region celebrated the life and contributions of many of their children, with this event aimed at showcasing and developing their gifts and talents and shaping them for continued worship of God.   

Young Akim Bowen of the Lilliput United Church delivered the message for the Day, challenging the congregation based on Acts 16:2536, to be fearless and fervent in prayer, just as the Apostle Paul and Silas were. He prophesied that their “prison doors” will be opened and they will be set free to worship and make other disciples. 

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