We will be collecting warm work socks and toques (hand knit or bought) for the Christmas Gift Bags. Other requested items are toothpaste, soap, chocolate bars, puzzle books, or a Canadian souvenir.
Your contributions can be placed in the box in the Narthex from October 10 to November 28. For the knitters there are patterns on the Mission’s website.
At the Mission to Seafarers in Vancouver our goal is the same it was when it all began in England in the 1830's and that is to care for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of all seafarers and their families.
Seafarers are isolated from their families and the rest of society spending many months at sea. The same seafarers who bring us 90% of what we have.
The Mission to Seafarers response is a ministry of 'presence' and 'hospitality' done by visiting seafarers on their ship, listening and letting them know we care, by providing centres a 'home away from home' where they can go and relax, speak with family, watch TV, play pool, send money home, buy a snack or two. We provide transportation to take them to the centre or to the mall.
We also advocate for seafarers keeping a watchful eye on conditions on board and helping them know their rights.