The United Church in Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
Date: Thursday May 8, 2014 / Author of post: cwmcaribbean
The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands was formed following a historic ceremony held on the grounds of Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica on 13th December 1992. This ceremony marked the union of the Disciples of Christ in Jamaica and the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman. It also was another step in a journey to fulfill, what we believe is God’s will for the life and witness of His Church. The journey began as far back as the 1880s when efforts were made to bring about union between the then United Presbyterian and Congregational Churches operating in Jamaica. The first complete step was made on 1st December 1965 when the Presbyterian Church in Jamaica and the Congregational Union of Jamaica became one Church, the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman.
Spanning 194 Congregations across the four (4) Regional Mission Councils (Cayman Islands, North-Eastern, Southern and Western), the UCJCI boasts some 14, 000 members and pledges
“. . . to love and Worship God as Creator, Jesus the Saviour and the Holy Spirit the Comforter; to make a difference in people’s lives by actively loving and serving those around us; to bring the good news of the Gospel to all people; to nurture each other in faith; to pursue God’s justice and peace in all areas of life; so that ‘God’s kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven’.”
Among the great contributions that have been made by all the antecedents in both countries has been the contribution to education at all levels and the witness of the church in the social issues of the two societies. Each congregation operates a number of social outreach programmes ranging from feeding the hungry, providing basic supplies, health services and skills training. The Synod operates two children’s homes and a senior citizens home. Our members are involved in various areas of society serving in leadership in governance, social services and the judiciary.
In an effort to become a community of faith anchored to the word of God and responsive to the contexts in which it operates, the United Church embarked on a renewal and transformation programme in 2007 which was implemented in 2009. This led to the decentralization of the structure, strengthening support for local congregations recognizing them as the primary place for missional engagement and clearly defined mission priorities.