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!
St. Alban’s Church of England
461 Shedden Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 2757
Sunday Matins 8.30am; Church School 9am;
Holy Communion 9.30am with Sunday school.
For weekday services and activities see the
website calendar. All services are taken from
the Church of England’s Book of Common
St. George’s Anglican Church
64 Courts Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 5583
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday mass 7am and 9am; Sunday
School 9am; 1st and 2nd Sunday Eucharist and sermon 11.15am. Youth evening Friday 7.15pm.
Assemblies of God
First Assembly of God
195 Old Crewe Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 945 2182
Children’s Church 10.45am.
West Bay Assembly of God
100 Finch Drive (off Stadium Road)
Tel: (345) 946 2455
Sunday School 10.30am.
Cayman International Assembly
Meeting place: Camana Bay Cinema
Tel: (345) 917 5774
Sunday Service 10am. Cayman International Assembly of God offers a casual and contemporary style of worship.
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
Web: www.wesleyanholinesscayman.com Sunday services: 11am and 6pm. Sunday School 9.45am.
Covenant Moravia Church
6 Devon Road, Off Marina Drive, Prospect.
Tel: (345) 947 7935
Sunday School: 10am, Sunday services: 11am.
Cayman Islands Baptist Church
163 Pedro Castle Road, Savannah
Tel: (345) 946 2422
Pastor: Dr Stephen Tillis
Sunday Worship Services 9am and 11am;
Wednesday Bible Study 7pm; Friday night
Programmes for Children and Youth Group,
Sunday night JAM for teens 7pm-8.30pm.
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. Wednesdays 6.30pm Bible Study, Thursdays: Spanish Bible Study at 6.30pm. Fridays 7pm SPARK Children’s Club and Ignite Youth Group. Small groups also meet throughout the week.
St. Ignatius Catholic Church
597 Walkers Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 6798
Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 7am,
Weekend Masses: Saturday 8.30am and
6pm, and Sunday 8am, 11.30am and 6pm;
Sunday School 10.15am–11.15am. There is
also Eucharistic Adoration from 6am-9pm
daily in the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel.
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church
Reverend Blackman Road, West Bay
Tel: (345) 949 7390 or (345) 949 6797 Sunday Mass 9.45am.
Stella Maris Catholic Church
Alta Vista Drive, Cayman Brac
Tel: (345) 925 6215 or (345) 926 0551 Sunday Mass or Eucharistic Service 11am.
Presbyterian & Congregational
Elmslie Memorial United Church
Downtown George Town on the waterfront, North Church Street
Tel: (345) 949 7923
Sunday service is held at 10.30am. Elmslie also has a smaller affiliated congregation: South Sound United Church and their service is on Sundays at 9am.
William Pouchie Memorial United Church
815 North Side Road, North Side
Tel: (345) 938 2239
Minister: Rev. Rohan Forrester. Sunday
service is held at 9am.
Islamic Society of The Cayman Islands
Unit C3, Cayman Business Park, 10A Huldah
Avenue, George Town
Tel: (345) 929 1400
Friday Jummah Services at 1pm; Children’s Sunday School 10am.
Agape Family Worship Centre
50 Fairbanks Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 2539
Sunday service 10am; Sunday School 11am; Friday youth group held at 7.30pm.
Church of God Chapel George Town
22 Academy Way, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 9393
Online Bible study Wednesday evenings 6.30pm, Online Sunday School 9.30am-10.30am, Sunday Family Service at 10.30am. When Covid-19 is over Sunday School will resume at the chapel on Academy Way.
Sunrise Community Church
Services held at the Harquail Theatre
Tel: (345) 926 7473
Sunday Services 10am with Nursery Care and a Children’s Sunday School. Services last approximately 80 minutes and there is the opportunity to socialise afterwards with complimentary pastries and coffee. They also hold Community Groups which meet throughout the week at various locations and there is a monthly women’s gathering called Flourish.
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.
Seventh Day Adventist
Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists
Tel: (345) 640 2647
Saturday Sabbath School service 9.15am, Divine Service 11am. Adventist Youth Programme 5pm (may vary) and there are Sunday and Wednesday evening services at 7.30pm. Churches are located across Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Cayman Hebrew School
7 Mile Shops, West Bay Road
Tel: (345) 949 0770 or (345) 516 4474
Offer an array of afternoon classes for children aged 1-13. From Hebrew Reading and Jewish history to Judaic art music and more, the Cayman Hebrew School provides creative opportunities for students to explore their Jewish identities.
The Chabad Cayman Jewish Community Centre hosts synagogue services, Shabbat
and holiday celebrations and Jewish life Cycle events. Friday evening Shabbat Services are also held in Cayman Brac. Cell: (345) 948 0518.
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