Northern Ireland

Belfast, Larne, Warenpoint & Foyle

Port Contact: Samuel Cowan
Email: belfast@scfs.org
Tele: +44 28 9127 1499
Mobile: +44 77 1182 6338
Country: United Kingdom (GB)
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Welcome to the Port of Belfast web page for Seamen's Christian Friend Society. I am Sam Cowan and it is my honour and privilege to serve as Port Chaplain for Belfast. I would like to bring you up to date with some of the ways we carry Christ’s message to seafarers visiting this port.

Practical help
We provide free transport to the Mission Centre, Cityside Shopping Centre, Connswater Shopping Centre, Hollywood Exchange, Belfast City Centre, Titanic Experience, Normadic, H.M.S. Caroline. We also provide transport to churches close to the Harbour plus transport to hospital or doctors’ appointments.

We provide free transport to the Mission Centre, Cityside Shopping Centre, Connswater Shopping Centre, Hollywood Exchange, Belfast City Centre, Titanic Experience, Normadic, H.M.S. Caroline. We also provide transport to churches close to the Harbour plus transport to hospital or doctors’ appointments.

Pastoral Care
This is an important aspect of our ministry to all on board, no matter what their faith or creed. If any crew member needs a listening ear or some counselling regarding a personal or family matter, we will help them in whatever way we can. This may mean taking the seafarer ashore for coffee or lunch to speak privately to them. If they wish to pray about some matter, then we will pray with them.
Whenever possible I will take seafarers to local churches or spend time with them on board the ship in prayer and in Bible study to encourage their faith in God.

Seafarers’ Welfare
The welfare of seafarers covers many different areas, from individual concerns about safety on board and ashore, to their emotional and social wellbeing. We work alongside the Mission to Seafarers who are better placed to deal with some needs that may arise.

It is a privilege to be able to supply crew members with some of their basic needs, such as good warm clothing, toiletries, communication with family, even taking Seafarers to hospital or to a doctor. We also visit any crew member who is detained in hospital.

Literature
We use many different types of literature through our ministry to the crews. Despite the widespread use of electronic devices, there is still a large demand for Bibles. DVDs of church services are a real blessing to both lonely Christians and to Bible Fellowships on the Cruise Ships that come to port. Books on the Christian life and Christian biographies are always well received, as are those that explain the books of the Bible. I have used Emmaus Bible Correspondence Study Courses to good effect with crew members and the recently-introduced yearly Bible readings from ‘Our Daily Bread Ministries’ have been very effective, especially for those in other languages.

We need your support
These days our ministry is heavily reliant on the practical help we receive from our supporters. This may take the form of daily prayer, as well as financial help or donations of books and Bibles for us to distribute onboard. Warm clothes are always well received by crew members and many supporters knit hats and scarves for us throughout the year. Warm clothes and toiletries for ladies are also much appreciated, as are the gift items we use for our Christmas boxes.

Why not invite me, or your local Port Missionary/Chaplain, to your church, community organisation or Young People’s group? It is always a privilege for me to share my experiences of reaching out with God’s Word to the ‘forgotten community’ of seafarers. Such events also create opportunities for those who wish to become involved in cross-cultural mission in our local Port. So please remember that your partnership is vitally important in taking the “Good News of the Gospel to the Nations of the World that meet on Your Doorstep” of our local Ports.

Thank you.

Sam

Seafarers Resources for Port of Northern Ireland
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Belfast and Warrenpoint +44 28 9075 1131

Belfast Harbour

Deputy Harbour Master, Mr Paul Hayes. +44 28 9055 3011

Belfast Harbour Police

+44 28 9055 3002

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