Coming out of mission consultations regarding the need for Guyana Congregational Union (GCU) to transition from engaging ministry in maintenance mode to ‘missional congregations,’ it was clear that the condition of the building (Quamina House) which was home to the church’s headquarters was unsuitable for supporting the mission work of the church. It was recommended that an upper floor should be constructed on the Clarkson Congregational Church building – which is on the same property as Quamina House – and the secretariat be relocated there.
Through the CWM Mission Support Programmme (MSP 2) grant, the construction of the upper floor, renovation and repair of the church building and renovation to Quamina House commenced on March 04, 2021. The Clarkson Congregational Church building is now transformed into the GCU secretariat on the upper floor and the sanctuary on the ground floor. Quamina House will now be utilised as the GCU’s mission outreach centre.
The newly refurbished Quamina House Complex was dedicated for use to the Glory of God, in a Worship Service held on Tuesday, December 07, 2021. Mrs. Jennifer Martin, Education In Mission Secretary, represented the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM); the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI) was represented by Rev. Norbert Stephens, General Secretary. Rev. Dr. Jooseop Keum, General Secretary, brought Greetings on behalf of the Council for World Mission (CWM) – pre-recorded. The pre-recorded Sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Michael Jagessar, Mission Secretary (Europe and Caribbean Regions).
Guyana Congregational Union gives God thanks for all His gracious mercies, as we express sincere gratitude to everyone who played a role in the execution of the project and to the Council for World Mission for providing the funding to make it a reality. GCU commits to using these facilities to advance God’s work of satisfying the needs of the people He brings into our daily path, through faithful and committed service in mission.
“In as much as you have cared for the least of these My brethren, you have cared for Me,” St. Matthew 25:40.
Rev Keith Haley
GCU General Secretary