Mission of the month

Mission to Seafarers

Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face.  Around the world, the Mission to Seafarers (MTS) provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.  Chaplains, staff and volunteers offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in centres and a wide range of welfare and emergency support services.

So, how do we at St Mary’s help this worthy charity?

Biannually in July we promote MTS as our Mission of the Month when we highlight the plight of those loyal mariners who work tirelessly - often in dreadful conditions - to bring us 95% of the goods you see around you in your home. The generosity of our parishioners greatly assists MTS in its far reaching charitable work.

Our fabulous knitters in the Craft & Chatter Group provide warm woolly hats, scarves and gloves that are then sent to MTS centres around the country.  Seafarers can take what they need to help see them through the long, cold days and nights spent on the open seas.  Our uniformed groups annually make hundreds of Christmas cards, filled with warm greetings for seafarers away from their loved ones at such a special time of the year.

There will be an informative display mounted at the back of the church with additional facts readily accessible on their website: www.missiontoseafarers.org.

So do join us on ‘Sea Sunday’, 8th July, at our 10.30 family service to celebrate – and donate to - this worthy cause! Thank you!