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United Church Women’s Fellowship: Channels of Hope

Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
The United Church Women’s Fellowship has been  a source of strength and the wind beneath the wings of outreach in many congregations across the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
Celebrating Women’s Fellowship Week from January 26 to February 1, 2020, the women across the Regions celebrated in their signature style of robust outreach and fund-raising!

LEADERSHIP CORNER- Practice to Lead Across 
Leading is not a one-time event; it’s an ongoing process that takes time—especially with peers.
If you want to gain influence and credibility with people working alongside you, then don’t try to take shortcuts or cheat the process. Instead, learn to understand, practice, and complete the leadership loop with them. What does the leadership loop look like? Caring, Learning, Appreciating, Contributing, Verbalizing, Leading and Succeeding. It’s a cycle that starts with caring and ends with succeeding.

CARING—Take an Interest in People. This may sound too simple, but it really all starts here. You have to show people that you care about them by taking an interest in them. Many leaders are so action-oriented and agenda driven that they don’t make people a high enough priority. If that describes you, then you need to turn that around.

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UCYPF National Sports Day 2020

Wednesday Feb 12, 2020
The United Church Young People’s Fellowship hosted their National Sports Day on February 8, 2020 at Noranda Sports Complex, Discovery Bay, St. Ann, and it was an exhilarating fare of athletics, volleyball, football, netball, domino competition, potato race, sack race, math relay, tugof-war, and theme expression!!! A grand time it was, indeed, for our youth from all four (4) regions, who competed healthily and vigorously, leading to a first place finish by the NorthEastern Regional Mission Council (NERMC), the defending champions. In second place was the Southern Regional Mission Council (SRMC). In third place  was the Western Regional Mission Council (WRMC), and  fourth place finisher was the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council (CIRMC)!! 

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Leadershift from Ladder Climbing to Ladder Building 

There’s more to life than getting to the top. Instead of only trying to be successful personally, we could help others. 
This leadershift is about changing from being a personal producer to an equipper of others. It’s a shift that takes your leadership math from addition to multiplication. It takes you from the solitary climb to the top of your ladder, where you might enjoy the view and wave to the people down below, to watching many people climb to the top of their own ladders, and you all enjoy the view from the top together.
Ladder building is all about giving another leader the permission, equipment, and empowerment to create their own ladder. As a leader, if you surround yourself with excellent people with high potential, there will be a time when you should allow them to build their own ladders. That’s the time when you release them to lead on their own.

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UCYAAM Month Marked by Evangelism, Caring and Worship!!

Wednesday Feb 05, 2020
With spiritedness, passion and devotion, the United Church Young Adults Action Movement (UCYAAM) celebrated Young Adults Month in January 2020, through a beautiful collage of evangelism, practical expressions of care, and worship!
Their theme , “Discipleship for Life: Let’s Get in the A.C.T,” was strengthened and enhanced by the month’s subtheme, “Mobilized to act...for such a time as this”, based on Esther 4:14. This passage tells the story of Queen Esther being mobilized to act through encouragement from her uncle, Mordecai—an act that ultimately saved the people of God from impending destruction.

LEADERSHIP CORNER - Leadershift from Maintaining to Creating 
Have you ever thought about the expectations your profession or industry places on you? Are people in your leadership position expected to hold the line? Maintain the course? Change direction? Get out of the box? Blow up the box?
Some time ago the role of pastors was pretty set. They were expected to be shepherds, and their main job was to feed and care for the flock. The whole mind-set was maintaining. But can this kind of culture work against the organization? 

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#Evangelism: The Heartbeat of the Church

Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
The dream of hosting an evangelism training programme for the Western Regional Mission Council (WRMC) became a reality  when it was launched on October 5, 2019 at St. Paul’s United Church (Montego Bay)!
Twenty-two (22) persons attended the event, including Regional Deputy General Secretary, WRMC, Mrs. Mauleen Henry; and clergy members, Minister of the St. Paul’s Charge of United Churches, Rev. Tara TymeCampbell; and Minister of the Negril Charge of United Churches, Rev. Kimberly Hines. 

LEADERSHIP CORNERLighten Your Leader’s Load 
Responsibility weighs heavily on leaders. The higher they are in an organization, the heavier the responsibility. Leaders can give up many things. They can delegate many things. The one thing that the top leader can never let go of is final responsibility.
As a team member, you can do one of two things for your leader. You can make the load lighter, or you can make it heavier.
When it comes to lifting your leader’s load, motives do matter. I’m recommending that you lift up, not suck up. A good leader can tell the difference between someone who really wants to help and someone who is trying to curry favour.

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Synodical Ash Wednesday Convocation!!

Wednesday Jan 22, 2020

On February 26, 2020, all Regions of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will host their Synodical Ash Wednesday Convocation, under the theme, “#Evangelism:The  Heartbeat of the Church"!!
In each location, the event will be rich with inspiring worship, a message from our Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans, communion celebration, special programmes for children, youth, men and women, break out groups discussions on evangelism to the said categories of persons, and a sermon. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER: From Perks to Price 
I’ve met a lot of people who desire to become leaders. I often ask them why they want to be leaders. Sometimes their answers reveal that their motivation is really about the perks of leading. They want to be in control. They want others to do what they say. They want a nicer office. They want a higher income. They want a better parking place.
When I started out as a young leader, my thoughts were similar. I was enamored with my title of pastor. It conveyed to me that I was the shepherd of the flock, and I thought people would automatically follow me because they needed me. They would rely on me for direction and be grateful for everything I did for them. It seemed simple.

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2020: The Year of Evangelism

Wednesday Jan 15, 2020
The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands has declared 2020, “The Year of Evangelism”!  In doing so, we have committed to strengthening our focus on this area of ministry, to fulfil Christ’s G r e a t Commission to “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”. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER  -Lead Yourself Exceptionally Well 
Leading yourself is where leadership starts. If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else? 
Have you ever worked with people who didn’t lead themselves well? Have you ever worked for people in leadership positions who couldn’t lead themselves? Consider the crow in this fable.
The crow was sitting in a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” “Sure,” answered the crow, “why not?” So the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, following his example. All of a sudden a fox appeared, pounced on the rabbit, and ate him. The key to leading yourself well is to learn self-management. I have observed that most people put too much emphasis on decision making and too little on decision managing. As a result, they lack focus, discipline, intentionality, and purpose.

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The Pringle Home for Children: A Beacon of Hope

Wednesday Jan 08, 2020
The UCJCI’s Pringle Home for Children represents a beacon of hope in the lives its twentyfive (25) girls in residence, and many who have received care in the hands of its able management and staff. Situated in the hills of Carron Hall, St Mary, the Home was established in 1922 by Rev. and Mrs. James McNee and their daughter, Kathie. The construction of the building was undertaken through the monetary donation of then Custos Dr. John Pringle, in whose honour the Home was named.  

Leadership Corner:Leadership and the Influence Challenge
Most good leaders believe in themselves and their leadership. They are confident that if others would follow them, then the team would benefit and accomplish its goals. So why doesn’t that always happen? Why don’t people who report to them line up to follow? Because they don’t have to. Leadership is influence. That’s why good leaders work to change their thinking from “I want a position that will make people follow me” to, “I want to become a person whom people will want to follow”.

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SRMC Kidsquake 2019

Wednesday Dec 18, 2019
The UCJCI’s Southern Regional Mission Council (SRMC) hosted their ninth (9th) annual Kidsquake and Reading Competition on November 16, 2019 at Ridgemount United Church!

The one hundred and forty-eight (148) Church School students who registered for the event participated in the areas of music, speech, dance, reading and poster competitions.

Twelve (12) church schools across the Region participated. They included: Blue Mountain, Sunbury, Mineral Heights, Bryce, Ridgemount, Andrews Memorial, Happy Grove, Ebenezer, Salem, Hyde Park, first time entrant Longville Park Mission, and Lowe River United Churches.

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Moderator’s Visit to NERMC (Cluster 3)

Wednesday Dec 11, 2019
The Moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gordon Cowans, paid his first official visit to Cluster 3 of the NorthEastern Regional Mission Council (NERMC) on September 29, 2019. This was part of a schedule of ten (10) visits being paid by the Moderator across our four (4) Regions during his two-year term in office.  This visit to our congregations in Portland was comprised of a worship service at Buff Bay United Church, led by Pastor Clyde Shaw. All UCJCI congregations in the Cluster were represented,  amounting to a capacity-audience. 

LEADERSHIP CORNER -Leadershift from Pleasing People to Challenging People
You cannot lead people if you need people. Pleasing people is not the same as leading people. You might have, at some point, defined leadership as, “Make people happy and they will follow you.” You might have continually asked yourself one  question: “Is everybody happy?” But if you’re a leader, the answer is no. You can never make everyone happy. And wanting to do so is a setup for disappointment or failure.  

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Lucea United Church Hosts Public Lecture on Good Parenting

Wednesday Dec 04, 2019
Scores of residents in Hanover were engaged in a public lecture on good parenting, hosted by Lucea United Church  on November 19, 2019! The event, held at Bioprist in Lucea, was organized by the church’s Family Life Ministries in celebration of National Parent Month (November), under the theme, “ Be the Positive Influence :Saving the Youth of Your Community”. 
LEADERSHIP CORNER -Walk Slowly Through the Halls 
One of the greatest mistakes leaders make is spending too much time in their offices and not enough time out among the people. Leaders are often agenda-driven, taskfocussed, and action-oriented because they like to get things done. But leadership is a people business. 
If you forget the people, you’re undermining your leadership, and you run the risk of having it erode away. Then one day when you think you’re leading, you’ll turn around and discover that nobody is following and you’re only taking a walk.

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