October is simply the rainiest
month of the year to most residents, but to Cayman’s older residents, it’s a
lot brighter time. With Senior’s Month in full swing, Cayman’s older population
is being honoured across the Islands.
Last week a number of churches paid
tribute during regular Sunday morning services. Among them were John Gray
Memorial Church in West Bay and New Testament Church in George Town. At the
John Gray church, about 40 seniors joined in with the congregation. New
Testament honoured an equal number at the end of its service.
One of the people recognised at the
New Testament Church was Faye Green, who has lived in Cayman permanently since
2006, residing in George Town. A member of the church for about 16 years, Green
said the celebration of the elders is an important part of Caribbean culture.
“This month is a month all about
the seniors,” Green said. “It’s good that senior members across churches in
Cayman are being honoured. It’s a true Caribbean thing because this is taking
place in Cayman and elsewhere too. With it extending outside of the church, I’d
say it’s a good time to be 60 and over.”
Green, who is quite active, serves
as the sports facilities coordinator at the church. She runs and plays for the
Unity netball club and says sports and church life are good ways for Cayman’s
older crowd to feel young.
“I’ve been a member of the church
for 36 years (coming from Jamaica) and I’ve been in charge of the sports
facilities at the New Testament Church here since 1994. I was involved in
netball alongside Jean Pierre coaching, playing and umpiring. I still play
these days (any position you put me in I can do) and I coach.
“Our team name comes from a desire
to get the adults and youth together. We feel everyone should be brought
together and know that there are people who are trustworthy.
“My motivation out there is to
connect and fellowship. It’s not about winning but rather uniting with other
people. In times like this we have to unite any way we can, else we’ll break