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Dear Friends and Supporters Greetings in the Saviours name. Our saddest time this year has been the death in February of our Port Chaplain for Dundee Mr George McAllister, George who was 79, had been the Port Chaplain for many years and though he had retired from the Society he had continued to visit the […]

New Address

Please note that the SCFS has a new postal address. Seamen's Christian Friend Society PO Box 210 BOOTLE L20 9WR Telephone Number 01625 610050

The Slow Fast!

I have never done any actual fundraising before, and I'm certainly not going to enter for a sponsored run or anything like that! But I have decided to do a sponsored fast – known as the SLOW FAST – from Monday to Friday, 14-18 May. So I have decided to do this through the new […]

Can I get you a CD player?

Sam had recently been struck by how much of the ministry of SCFS not only in Belfast but by all our staff is not to the multitudes, or to whole crews, but to the individual seafarer. Some like Ian, from the Philippines that he meet firstly in the year 2000 and on and off over […]

New Service to Seafarers!

Colin was on a liner and people flocked around the table of Christian 'goodies'. However, because he had turned on his wi-fi device there was soon an internet cafe set up with 6 people checking their mail etc. They really appreciated this and it hadn't been done before. Colin had to put his device inside […]

And please bring more books!

These words were part of an email Ecki received a few weeks ago from a Christian captain. He had already known this brother for some years and he is leading a weekly bible study where everyone attends. Besides his leadership skills, he is also a very humble man and as you can imagine Ecki was […]

On Yer Bike!

Again the effect of the recession and the new Solis 2010 regulations has been having an effect on the crews. During a visit to the Ben Maye, I was informed that one of the sister ships was being sold for scrap and a captain made redundant. During the deputation meetings I made an appeal for […]

The Harsh Reality Of Separation

December is one of our busiest months, but the snow came, the temperature dropped and more snow came so for a while ship visiting had to stop. This makes it even more lonely for the seamen, as they are away from home and families at Christmas. When conditions improved, John was talking to a Filipino […]

Wakey Wakey!

Bringing mobile broadband to ships is becoming very popular, and in conjunction with phone cards, this means I can help seafarers connect more easily with their loved ones. Again and again I am setting up mini "internet cafes" on board where 5 laptops can run from the portable wifi modem I bring. Until ships have […]

Time on a ship, by John Barnard

Time on a ship Life on a ship is governed by time. From the moment a seaman joins his ship, he starts to mark the days on the calendar to the time that he should return home. Time for keeping watch on deck or in the engine room. Time for meals and sleep. Time to […]

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