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Portree Pier will be the unusual setting on Sunday for a special service that will be echoed around the world.

To mark Sea Sunday, churches from across the globe come together to remember seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them.

Sea Sunday, is organised through internationally active Mission to Seafarers which, since 1856, has served the men and women of the merchant fleet who have dedicated their lives to seafaring; crews who have in turn served their countries during war and through peacetime.

In Portree on Sunday the ecumenical service will take place at the RNLI station from 10.30am

Andrew Wright, Secretary General of the The Mission to Seafarers, said: “This year marks the Mission’s 160th anniversary and we are celebrating the lives of seafarers and their families by holding a special Sea Sunday on 10 July 2016.

"I am proud to have seen our dynamic, global work flourish and grow in the last three years, with new development projects being rolled out from Falmouth to the Philippines; across Asia, the Middle East, USA and Australia, in over 200 ports in 50 countries.

“Our theme for our anniversary is The Mission to Seafarers, then and now. In 1856, moved by the needs and struggles of the seafarers toiling in the Bristol Channel, The Reverend John Ashley set up a ministry to seafarers, which lay the foundations of today’s Mission.

“We have come a very long way since we were founded. We have a dedicated team of chaplains, staff and volunteers providing vital spiritual, emotional and practical advice to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers. Shipwreck, abandonment, piracy and separation from loved ones are just a few of the challenges seafarers face.  No matter what the problem, seafarers know they can turn to The Mission to Seafarers.”

Mission centres provide a ‘home away from home’ where seafarers can relax and use internet and phone facilities to contact their loved ones, while its ship-visitors provide on-board practical and emotional support to crews.

 

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