Sea Sunday, a day which celebrates those who work at sea, will be held this year on Sunday July 13.
Parishes in Connor and across the Church of Ireland are invited to support Sea Sunday, and a Sea Sunday 2014 pack can be downloaded from online at www.seasunday.org.
The Rev Andrew Wright, General Secretary of the Mission to Seafarers, said: “We very much hope that more parishes will feel able to join in the growing list of supporting Sea Sunday churches. This help is of crucial significance, not just to the Mission to Seafarers but, far more importantly, to distressed and displaced seafarers who we serve.”
More than 90 per cent of the goods we rely on every day, including food and fuel, come by sea.
“Without the 1.5 million men and women who crew the ships, our shops would very soon be empty,” said Andrew. “And yet their work largely goes ignored. They face a very particular set of dangers and challenges, including absence from home for many months at a time.”
Mission to Seafarers, one of the Church of England’s partners in world mission, has been supporting seafarers since 1856 and has a presence in 260 ports in 71 countries.
The Mission to Seafarers Flying Angel Centre at Belfast Docks is holding a Tea at Sea Party at the centre from 2–5pm on July 18 to celebrate the brave and fantastic work carried out by men and women at sea.
Admission is £5, and there will be sandwiches, buns, traybakes and even the suggestion of a mad hatter or two! All are welcome to come along and support this very worthwhile mission.