Sea Sunday is the day which many Christian Churches set aside to remember and pray for seafarers and their families and give thanks for their lives and work. It is officially held on the second Sunday in July, though there is significant flexibility to accommodate other local celebrations. This year, people from around the world will take part in Sea Sunday services on July 8, 2018 to give thanks and pray for the world’s 1.6 million seafarers.
The Sailor’s Society is one of the world’s oldest maritime welfare organizations, formed in London in 1818, . CEO Stuart Rivers said: “We might not all know it but we all rely upon seafarers. More than 90 per cent of everything we own comes by sea – our clothes, phones, cars – even the bricks that make up our homes. All of these goods are brought into the country by seafarers who risk extreme loneliness, dangerous storms and even piracy. Holding a Sea Sunday service for Sailors’ Society is a fantastic way of recognizing the amazing work seafarers do.”
The history of maritime ministry in the United States also dates back 200 years with beginnings in New York City with the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) at its center. The War of 1812 introduced a new level of public awareness about the plight of seafarers working on the young nation’s merchant ships.