Posted: 5th August, 2017
A well-attended service was held in Greyfriars on 2nd July to celebrate Sea Sunday. Officers and Cadets of the Stewartry Unit (TS John Paul Jones, Kirkcudbright), led by piper Jim White, marched to church in their smart naval uniforms and participated in the service.
Their chaplain and our Rector Rev’d Stephen Hazlett led the service of thanksgiving which had a distinctly maritime theme. Stephen spoke about the four years he served as Mission to Seafarers chaplain to the huge port of Rotterdam immediately prior to his coming to Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet. Readers in the service were the Cadets President Commodore Robert M Williams, RN (rtd) and their chairman and Greyfriars’ vestry member Lt. Commander Nigel Davies RN (rtd).
The cadets meet every week locally under their Commanding Officer WO2 (SCC) Colin Cork RNR. The good this wonderful national youth organisation contributes to society and especially to young people cannot be over-emphasized.
Our sister church of St. Mary’s, Gatehouse also celebrated Sea Sunday in providing hand-knitted woollen clothing which the world’s merchant seafarers so appreciate, especially on long cold sea voyages. As this short video shows, the work of the charity Mission to Seafarers is vital in good times and bad. They offer friendship, support and practical help to seafarers far from home. Retiring offerings were taken at both churches for the work of Mission to Seafarers, Scotland.