2018 Sea Sunday

Posted: 15th July, 2018

Once again Greyfriars church was delighted to host a well-attended service celebrating Sea Sunday. This is a world-wide event, and we in Kirkcudbright are familiar with the sight of fishing vessels and their crews.


Sea Sunday is an opportunity to show our appreciation for all who work at sea, and who often risk their lives to provide food, or transport goods, for us. This year our local Stewartry Corps of the Sea Cadets marched to church in their smart uniforms, led by their officers and piper Dr David Hannay. Commodore Bob Williams, Royal Navy rtd, read a lesson, as did young Sea Cadet Hope Rowley. Prayers were said for the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleet, Coast Guard, RNLI, etc. - and special mention was made of the anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster where so many off-shore workers tragically died off the Scottish coast.  Our Rector, who is Chaplain to the Sea Cadets, spoke of his time in Rotterdam with the Mission to Seafarers.

Our sister church of St. Mary’s in Gatehouse undertook a big programme of knitted garments for seafarers, which will be given to the Mission to Seafarers in the Port of Leith, Edinburgh, for onward distribution.



What the difference is between the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy?

Answer: The Royal Navy has sailors; the Merchant Navy are called seafarers.