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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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EVANGELISM THE #HEARTBEAT OF THE CHURCH

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). 

LEADERSHIP CORNER 
“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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MEADOWREST MEMORIAL GARDENS Honours its Marketers!!

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. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER
“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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Our Moderator's Challenge

Wednesday May 15, 2019
 
At the UCJCI’s 41st Synod, our newly-installed Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans, offered a thought-provoking challenge to the Church, to stand us in good stead for a fruitful synodical period: 2019-2021!

The persistent erosion of family values in our societies has been accompanied by a mushrooming of antisocial behaviour and a degeneration of community. He therefore suggested…

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UCJCI's 41st Synod Inspires and Challenges!

Wednesday May 08, 2019
 
"Inspired”, “motivated”, “challenged” are some of the words which Delegates of the UCJCI’s 41st Synod used to describe the impact of this sitting of the Church’s leadership on their own lives. The event was convened from April 30-May 2, 2019 in Montego Bay, Jamaica; with the Opening Service held at St. Paul’s United Church and the Business Sessions, at SeaGarden Beach Resort. 

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CIRMC Synodical Rally!

Wednesday Apr 17, 2019
 
With approximately one hundred and twenty (120) children and Youth in attendance, the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council’s Synodical Children’s and Youth Rally, held on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, was filled with worshipful artistry, meaning, and impact!

Marching to the popular song, “Enter into Jerusalem” the children entered Elmslie Memorial United Church in Grand Cayman with their palms in hand, in remembrance and celebration of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem...

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