The congregations of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and its major missions on the Island, including the Cayman Prep and High School, the Institute for Theological and Leadership Development and Bethesda Counselling Centre, will be visited by the Church’s moderator 22 – 28 September.
The Moderator, Rt. Rev. Henley Bernard, will be accompanied by his wife Mrs. Patricia Bernard.
These annual visits allow members to meet and hold discussions with the elected head of the denomination and provide an opportunity for the moderator to see first hand the work being done by the congregations, schools and other missions of the Church in Cayman.
On Mr. Bernard’s inaugural visit as moderator last year, he presided at the opening of the Bethesda Counselling Centre, the latest mission established here by the Church.
Church hall dedication
On this year’s visit he will also preside at the rededication of the John Gray Memorial Church Hall in West Bay, on Saturday, 27 September, at 8am. The hall has recently reopened after major expansion and redesign, with the addition of a second floor and upgrade of its technology and meeting facilities.
This major development allows the growing congregation in West Bay to better serve that expanding community, for example through its popular After School Care Programme and its ministry to the senior citizens of the district. The hall will also serve as a hurricane shelter for the district.
Council for World Mission participants
While here he will also check on the placement of two overseas ministers who will be spending time observing and participating in the Church’s ministry in Grand Cayman, as part of a Council for World Mission programme. This was established to allow pastors from around the world to broaden their perspectives on ministry by gaining such first hand exposure in another country.
Joint communion service
His visit will culminate with a joint worship and Communion service of the nine congregations of the United Church from across Grand Cayman at the Cayman Prep and High School on Walkers Road, on Sunday, 28 September, at 10am.
At this service the moderator will lead further reflection on the Church’s current theme, Holy Spirit, Renew and Transform Your Church, aimed at giving the Church new impetus in the face of the ever evolving challenges in the communities in which it ministers. The public is invited to participate in this time of worship of Almighty God and renewal in Christ.