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Celebrating Sea Sunday

Sea Sunday is a global celebration of the seafarers and mariners that make our global economy possible.  90% of everything we use in our daily lives comes to us via the hard work of seafarers.


For more than 160 years congregations around the world have celebrated the second Sunday in July as Sea Sunday.   Many congregations will dedicate their service and donate their collection plate to seafarers on July 9th, but there are many ways to celebrate mariners on Sea Sunday!  Whether you are a religious congregation or a community group, here are some ways to support mariners visiting Port Everglades this Sea Sunday!


Include mariners in your sermon or discussions

Including readings, hymns and topics related to the work of mariners and the burdens they bear on our behalf.  The UK based group, Mission to Seafarers’ has specific reading and sermon outline suggestions that can help you develop a Sea Sunday sermon.  If you are a community based group, include mariners in your economic discussions.  Consider inviting the maritime community to speak to your group about job opportunities and economic advantages to trade at sea.


Support their burden

Activities such as ship visiting, transportation and our Casa help us bear the burden of seafarers at Port Everglades. Knitting hats and scarves has a direct impact on the comfort of a mariner, as do donations of phone cards, toiletries and items for Shoebox Christmas.  Consider setting up a Shoebox Christmas donation box in your church, house of worship or school to collect items of comfort for mariners.  Donate unwanted books or materials to increase our lending library or donate funds to purchase bibles and religious items.


Become a Mariner Friendly Congregation

Our mariner friendly congregation program makes a difference in the lives of mariners visiting Port Everglades.  By supporting the pastoral care work of our mission, you give mariners a quiet space to pray and reflect in our chapel, a comforting ear to listen to their troubles, and open arms in which to seek advice and guidance.   

This year, Sea Sunday falls on July 9th.  Please join with us to show mariners you care this weekend.  What they do every day and the sacrifices they make give us daily comforts in our own lives.   Consider making a donation to support the mission of Seafarers’ House and the hardworking mariners that make global trade possible.


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