This week at the churches

Members of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will soon be gathering at the Cayman Prep and High School auditorium, Walkers Road, to celebrate Convocation 2016.

The Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council Convocation, as it is known, will be taking place on Sunday, April 24. It will bring together the nine local United Church congregations to celebrate the 170th anniversary of mission and ministry in the Cayman Islands which was started by the Rev. James Elmslie in 1846. In addition to the nine congregations, the church also owns and operates Cayman Prep and High School and the Bethesda Counselling Centre.

The gathering is held every two years when the whole church comes together for worship and fellowship. This year’s theme is ‘Discipleship: Discipline and Dedication,’ and organizers are hoping to further educate attendees about the “Great Commission” and the discipline and dedication needed to answer the call from Christ.

“In Christianity, the Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to His disciples that they spread His teachings to all the nations of the world,” said Regional Deputy General Secretary Rev. Dr. Yvette Bloomfield.

“On April 24 we will delve more into the dedication and discipline needed for us to heed Christ’s instruction.”

The agenda features guest preacher the Rt. Rev. L. Christopher Mason, and the general secretary, Rev. Norbert Stephens will “give the charge” to the gathering.

Lay Pastors Herbert Crawford and Tom Mason will be commissioned and the Youth Leadership Nation executive and the council executive will be inducted. Also on the agenda, the governors for Cayman Prep and High School Board will be commissioned, and Rev. Bloomfield will be installed. The convocation will also feature a special children’s village, a ministry to the children of the church led by Rev. Donovan Myers.

The main convocation for the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will be held on April 17 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica.