On 14th July we remember seafarers, those who cross the seas, sometimes in lonely and difficult conditions, to bring us so much of what we eat and use. The Church of England’s missionary society, the Mission to Seafarers, has been serving seafarers since 1856. Nowadays the majority of the work is carried out through centres at major ports around the world where a chaplain, who may be ordained or lay, visits seafarers aboard their ships and provides a welcoming centre, with a chapel, where seafarers can relax and contact their families.
So often we take them for granted. On the 14th let us give thanks for seafarers and pray for their welfare. For more information go to www.missiontoseafarers.org.uk