Hundreds invited to United Church Cayman Convocation

13 April 2018, 8:00 AM

Hundreds of Congregants will gather on Grand Cayman in less than two weeks to learn more about spreading peace through all walks of life while being disciples of Christ.

Members of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will gather on Sunday, 22 April, at the Cayman Prep and High School Auditorium, Walkers Road, to celebrate Convocation 2018.

Convocation is held every two years when the whole Church comes together to worship and fellowship. The theme this year is ‘Disciples of Peace’.

“Jesus Christ instructed his disciples, and by extension us as modern day disciples in Christ, to spread peace through his teachings to all the nations of the world,” said Regional Deputy General Secretary Rev. Dr. Yvette Bloomfield. “Two years ago at Convocation we delved more into the dedication and discipline needed for us to heed Christ’s instruction. This year we have put an emphasis on peace.”

Since Ash Wednesday the United Church of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands has been intentional in declaring and promoting a state of peace for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. In this context, PEACE means Pursuing Effective Associations through Christ-centred Effort.

Sundays in the church have been dedicated to peace in our homes, communities, schools, congregations, across denominations, our districts, our nation and the world.

On 22 April, Rev. Tara Tyme Campbell will be the Guest Preacher and General Secretary, Rev. Norbert Stephens will give the Charge to the gathering. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will also be dispensed.

In addition to the regular offering, a special peace offering will be collected with proceeds going to the Women’s Crisis Centre.

A special feature to this year’s Convocation 2018 in the Cayman Islands will be the presentation of a citation honouring Mrs. Olive Miller, whose work with youth, community, church and the Girl’s Brigade is the embodiment of a life yielded to the call to serve as God leads her.

Another special feature of this year’s Cayman Convocation will be the presence of a potter throughout the service who will create an art piece for Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin.

There will also be a Children’s Convocation in conjunction with the main event. A light lunch will be provided for all in attendance.

The Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council Convocation will bring together the nine Congregations in Cayman to celebrate the 172nd anniversary of mission and ministry in the Cayman Islands. The Rev. James Elmslie started the Cayman Mission in 1846 and over the years the United Church has continued to proclaim the Gospel with fervour and to respond to the needs of the wider community. In addition to the nine Congregations, the Church also owns and operates Cayman Prep and High School and the Bethesda Counselling Centre.

The main Convocation for the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will be held on 15 April at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, Jamaica.

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