Carla Bregani is the Minister to Children at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church on Pedro Castle Road in Savannah. Their Children’s Church starts at 10am on Sunday mornings and all are welcome.
For a list of Sunday School and Sunday Church times, see below.
When I was asked to write this article I was excited but intimidated. What could I possibly share with such a diverse and thoughtful audience? I’m no stranger to essays, so I brainstormed and collated my thoughts into a tidy set of notes, referencing all the usual suspects. I spent time thinking about opportunities to connect with peers and caring adults, sharing a common life purpose, giving kids space to dive into faith-related questions and doubts, learning to serve one another, family support, etc. Then I set out for a Saturday afternoon walk around the block. As I walked, I began to ask myself what I would say to you if we were sitting down to talk about kids and faith over coffee at Full of Beans or while taking a relaxing beach walk. And all of a sudden, my tidy little set of notes didn’t seem like the right thing to share.
Instead, here’s what I know: The world is a mess. I’m a mess. You’re a mess. Our kids are a mess (and if they aren’t now, they will be). As Andy Stanley has said: “Either you were a mess, are a mess, or are one dumb decision away from becoming a mess.” I think that pretty much sums it up. There are wonderful, amazing, stunningly beautiful things about life on earth. There are also terrifying, horrifying, shattering things about life on earth, if you don’t believe me, turn on the evening news, pick up your phone, or ask an 11 year old about their day. Sooner or later, our kids are going to face both.
So if we were meeting over coffee or chatting as we walk along the beach, here’s what I would say, and here’s what I want for our kids: I want them to know love. I want them to know goodness. I want them to know kindness that shocks them and grace that overwhelms them. I want them to know forgiveness when they feel like they are the worst person in the world, and I want them to know the joy of sharing that same forgiveness with others. I want them to know peace that doesn’t make sense because things are awful, and contentment that starts deep in their stomachs and spreads all over them until they heave a deep, satisfied sigh. I want them to know the anguish of empathising with the pain of another, and the relief when someone else helps carry their own emotional burden. I want them to know the wonder of a prayer answered, and the grateful hindsight of a prayer that went unanswered. I want them to know the compassion of caring until it hurts, and the humility of sacrificing for the sake of others. And most of all, I want them to know that there is a God who made them, who loves them unconditionally, and who paid the ultimate price so that He could have an authentic relationship with them for their whole lives. That He wants to be their strength when they think they can’t take another step, their comforter when they are in despair, and their perspective when things don’t make sense.
It excites me to know that He has a grand life adventure planned for them; maybe not the ‘health and wealth’ squeaky-clean, shiny, sanitised one that we envision when a child is first born; but a dynamic, exciting plan that is full of twists and turns – and it is the BEST possible plan for them because He loves them and wants what’s best for them!
Joining a church or faith community doesn’t guarantee that a child will know this loving Father, just as choosing not to join a faith community doesn’t mean that they won’t!
But despite their flaws (and church families have so MANY flaws …. after all, we’re all human and we’re all a mess) or perhaps because of their flaws, communities of faith are opportunities for children and families of all shapes and sizes to connect, to grow, to love, to make mistakes, and to get back up again, confident in their love for one another and for the God who loves them without any conditions.
So hi! My name is Carla, and I’m a mess! I’d love to welcome you and your child to our community of love and faith! Come on in!
Church of England St. Alban’s
461 Shedden Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 2757
Sunday Matins 8.35am; Church School 9am; Holy Communion 9.30am with Sunday school.
St. George’s Anglican Church
64 Courts Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 5583
Sunday mass 7am and 9am; Sunday School 9am; 1st and 2nd Sunday Eucharist and sermon 11.15am. Youth evening Fri 7.15pm.
Assemblies of God
First Assembly of God
195 Old Crewe Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 945 2182
Children’s Church 10.30am.
West Bay Assembly of God
100 Finch Drive (off Stadium Road)
Tel: (345) 946 2455
Sunday School 9.30am.
Cayman International Assembly
Meeting place: Camana Bay Cinema
Tel: (345) 917 5774
Sunday Service 10am.
Cayman Islands Baptist Church
163 Pedro Castle Road, Savannah
Tel: (345) 946 2422 or (345) 926 2422
Sunday School 9am (Bible study for all ages); Worship Service: 10am plus seasonal weekday events for adults and children.
First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman
920 Crewe Road (Across from the Lion’s Centre and near Hurley’s Shopping Centre)
Tel: (345) 949 0692
Sunday School for all ages 9.15am; Sunday Service 10.30am.
St. Ignatius Catholic Church
597 Walkers Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 6797
Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 7am and Friday 6pm, Weekend Masses: Saturday 8.30am and 6pm, and Sunday 8am, 11.30am and 6pm; Sunday School 10.15am–11.15am.
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church
Reverend Blackman Road, West Bay
Tel: (345) 949 6797
Sunday Mass 9.45am.
Stella Maris Catholic Church
Alta Vista Drive, Cayman Brac
Tel: (345) 925 6215 or (345) 948 0551
Sunday Mass or Eucharistic Service 11am.
Safe Harbour Lutheran Church
205 Andrew Drive, Snug Harbour
Tel: (345) 949 1835
Sunday service 10am at The South Sound Community Centre.
Wesleyan Holiness Church
150 North West Point Road, West Bay
Tel: (345) 949 1121
Sunday services: 9.45am, 11am and 6pm. Sunday School at 9.45am.
Covenant Moravia Church
6 Devon Road, Off Marina Drive, Prospect
Tel: (345) 947 7935
Sunday services: 11am and 7pm.
Agape Family Worship Centre
Tel: (345) 949 2539
Sunday service 10am; Sunday School 11am; Friday youth group held at 7.30pm.
Church of God Chapel Frank Sound
1275 Frank Sound Road
Tel: 345 947 3691
Sunday service 10.30am. Kinder Church (3-5 years), Children’s Church (6-9 years) and Pre-teen Ministry (10-14 years). Friday’s Fusion Youth Group from 8pm for 13-18 year olds.
Sunrise Community Church
Services held at the Harquail Theatre, Seven Mile Beach
Tel: (345) 926 7473
Sunday Services 10am with nursery care and a Children’s Church group.
All Nations United Pentecostal Church
23A Woodlake Drive, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 9533
Tuesday youth service 7.30pm; Sunday School 9am, Sunday worship 11am and Evangelistic service held at 7.30pm.
The Power of Faith Deliverance Ministry Ltd.
100 Greenwood Drive, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 1516
Tuesday Prayer Service & Bible Study 7.30pm; Friday Youth Service 7.30pm; Sunday School 9.30am; Sunday Worship 10.30am and 7.30pm.
Presbyterian & Congregational
Elmslie Memorial United Church
Tel: (345) 949 7923
Sunday services: 10.30am. South Sound United Church service: 9am.
Seventh Day Adventist
Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists
Tel: (345) 640 2647
Saturday Sabbath School service 9.15am, Divine Service 11am.
Cayman Hebrew School
7 Mile Shops, West Bay Rd.
Tel: (345) 516 4474
Cayman Hebrew School offers a warm and lively Jewish atmosphere where children attain an exciting awareness of their Jewish identity. The programme includes Hebrew reading, Jewish history, Shabbat and holidays and values. The Sunday School Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon for children between the ages of 1.5 and 13 years of age.
Islamic Society of The Cayman Islands
Unit C3, Cayman Business Park, 10A Huldah Avenue, George Town, Grand Cayman
Tel: (345) 329 2079
Friday Jummah Services, Children’s Sunday School 10am.
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