Last Sunday marked the official celebration of Sea Sunday, a day set aside in the churches calendar to give thanks to the 1.6 million seafarers who quietly, and often anonymously, transport up to 95% of the world’s goods.
Seafaring can be a dangerous, lonely and demanding job, with little in the way of official support for the workers who keep the global economy afloat.
The Mission to Seafarers was set up to cater for the welfare and pastoral care of seafarers, and Sea Sunday is one of the most important dates in our calendar. It represents a chance to bring seafarers and sea-faring ministries into the heart of our communities, and for us to celebrate all they do for us.
This July, the Mission to Seafarers sent out 825 packs of materials to participating churches and individuals, and the service continues to go from strength to strength every year.
Sea Sunday services can be held on any Sunday in July and have been celebrated for over 160 years. If you’ve supported us through Sea Sunday, or if your celebration is coming up, Tweet us your #SeaSunday photos @FlyingAngelNews or share with us on Instagram and Facebook.
Jake Pass, port chaplain for Hull and Immingham ports, explains the significance of Sea Sunday in his thought for the day, broadcast on BBC radio Humber on 12th July.