50 years ago: Community gathers for church groundbreaking

In the May 4, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

Northside-50-years-final“The ground-breaking ceremony for the new United Church took place on April 28th at 4:30 p.m.

“The service was conducted by the Rev. John Lord, moderator. The first part of the service was held in the old church building after which the congregation moved to the site where the new church will be erected.

“Rev. David Laplsey of Webster Memorial Church Kingston, Jamaica preached the sermon. Taking as his text Phil. 3:19(b) 20(a). He preached especially to Church members a very inspiring and challenging message. He reminded us of the pace at which Cayman (like all other places) is moving and stressed the point that we should all take time off, quietly to listen to what God has to say to us. At the close of the service many were heard to remark how impressed they were by the sermon.

“Rev. John Gray offered prayer and Rev. Raymond Coke read the scripture. Rev. J. Lord gave a brief report. Dr. Roy McTaggart, our good friend, broke the ground where the new church will be erected. Mr. C.A. Hunter gave the closing remarks and vote of thanks.

“There was quite a good number of outstanding church members from the various districts in attendance, also Rev. Ruth Bowman, and some of her members from the Pilgrim Holiness Church in this district.

“From the offerings and donations received a good spirit of love and cooperation was manifested. Total proceeds from offerings and a sale which was held afterward amounted to 103 pounds 5 shillings. The church here would like through this medium to say how very thankful we are to each and every one who helped make this occasion such a great success both spiritually and financially.

“Mr. Ralph Coatsworth left on the 30th for Canada on a short business trip. He will be gone for about three weeks.”