Mission to Seafarers Report 2017
St. Andrew’s has a long tradition of support for the Mission to Seafarers. On Sea Sunday 9th July 2017 we were delighted that our own Revd. Richard Sigrist was available to take our Sea Sunday service; the congregation always appreciate his insight into faith matters with his nautical input as a naval chaplain. As a result of the Sea Sunday envelope collection in church £210.00 was sent to Mission to Seafarers.
The annual Coffee Morning and Fayre in aid of the Mission to Seafarers was manned by kind members of the Social Committee in St. Andrew’s Hall and £200.20 was raised. We also sold £151.95 of Christmas cards and Advent calendars which raise awareness of the charity.
This year members of the congregation and friends filled 61 shoe boxes with useful items for seafarers and goodies, which five of us took to the Mission to Seafarers at Portbury on 13th December, (along with some members fro St. Mary’s with their boxes.) We are always given such a warm welcome by the Mission staff. We took many additional handmade woollen hats and mufflers and donations of £72 to help needy seafarers with mobile phone expenses. Sadly, the Clarks shoe outlet in Burnham on sea which has supplied us with empty boxes for several years is due to close shortly.
Literature and newsletters about Mission to Seafarers and specifically about the Portbury Mission are regularly available on the Welcome Table in church for members of the congregation and visitors to take to read about the important ongoing work of the charity and its significance to our lives.