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45 TEENS SAVED at Discovery Camp 2019!

Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
 
It was a soul-stirring mix of evangelistic mission, fellowship, worship and caregiving at the UCJCI’s Discovery Teens 2 Camp 2019, held from July 27 to August 2, 2019 at Madge  Saunders Conference Centre, St. Mary! This combination was an enactment of our Synodical subthemes for this year, and they were embraced by the 175 campers and 35 leaders who attended the event, and acted as true “Disciples on di Move”, as was the camp’s theme

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UCJCI Intern to WCRC Influences Eco-Justice

Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
 
Abigail Scarlett, UCJCI Intern to the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Hannover, Germany, has influenced the path towards eco-justice and youth empowerment through the organization. Ms. Scarlett, who is from St. Paul’s United Church (Lockett Avenue), has been instrumental in the decision to form an eco-justice youth working group. This idea was birthed out of a need that she realized for more deliberate action on our part towards environmental stewardship; and finding more sustainable ways of supporting and advocating for environmental preservation. 

Leadership Corner
Leaders stay current. “As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.” (Disraeli)
There was a farmer who posted this sign on the pasture fence: “Trespassers are welcome. Just be sure to cross the field in 9.9 seconds. The bull can make it in ten!” In this fastmoving age of information, it’s easy to get left behind. Leaders try to stay ahead of charging bulls by staying alert and by staying informe

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40 CHILDREN SAVED at Junior Camp 2019!!

Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
 

Under the theme ,“Disciples on di Move ”, the UCJCI’s Junior Camp 2019 was a soul-saving event!  Forty (40) children between the ages of 11 and 13 years, committed or re-committed their lives to the Lord at the camp, held from July 13-19, 2019 at Madge Saunders Conference Centre, St. Mary.

LEADERSHIP CORNER


Wisdom Pointers for the Effective Leader 
Leaders celebrate the special days of team members. “Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.” (Ray Lyman Wilbur) 

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, births—these events mark the passage of life. Good leaders are aware of the life stages of their team members. By celebrating these special days, they affirm their team members’ value

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NEW PRESIDENT OF IUC

Thursday Aug 01, 2019
 
It is with pleasure that the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands welcomes the Rev. Dr. Roderick Hewitt to the position of President
of the International University of the Caribbean (IUC). His tenure in office will begin on September 1,2019. A Minister of the UCJCI, who is married to Wilhelmina and together have three (3) adult children, Rev. Dr. Hewitt has served in academia both locally and internationally, and his illustrious training and experience have been tremendously substantial and extensive.

LEADERSHIP CORNER

How Can I Help Others to Fulfil Their Potential? Having the right people in the right places is essential to individual and team success.
If you succeed in developing people in your organization and equipping them to lead, you will be successful. If you enlarge and motivate them to achieve, they will be grateful to you as their leader. And to be honest, you will have done more than many other leaders do. However, you can take yet another step that will help someone you equip to fulfil their potential. You can help them to find their niche in life. Good things happen when a player takes the place where he or she adds the most value. Great things happen when all the players on the team take the roles that maximize their strengths—their talent, skill, and experience. It takes every individual—and the whole team—to a whole new level.

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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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73 SOULS SAVED AT CHILDREN’S CAMP 2019!!

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).

LEADERSHIP CORNER
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!
 
LEADERSHIP CORNER
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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MODERATOR’S OFFICIAL VISIT TO NERMC

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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UCJCI MEN & YOUTH UNITE!!

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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