A Liverpool maritime charity is stepping up efforts to deliver church services on board vessels after reporting a rise in demand for spiritual support from crew members.
The Liverpool Seafarers Centre, which offers wide-ranging support including church services, sacraments and blessings to 50,000 seafarers passing through the river Mersey annually, expects an especially busy period for its outreach ministry during the cruise season and is appealing for financial help.
Speaking ahead of Sea Sunday 2018, the annual celebration held the second Sunday of July when Christian churches of all denominations pray for seafarers, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon recognised 'the invaluable work of the Liverpool Seafarers Centre in providing spiritual, emotional and practical support for the needs of those who are far from home and often are in port for only a few hours. The work of the centre merits prayerful and practical support.'
The LSC dates back to the 19th century and is a partnership between the Catholic Apostleship of the Sea (Liverpool) and the Anglican Mersey Mission to Seafarers. It is funded by donations from churches as well as general donations and a new port levy.
For further information, contact John Wilson on 0300 800 8085 or by emailing admin@Liverpoolseafarerscentre.org.