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Handbell Ringers – Fundraising Concert

On 16th November, the Jordanhill Handbell Ringers very kindly put on a fundraising concert for us in St Columba’s Episcopal Church.

 

The Jordanhill Parish Church Handbell Ringers played a range of music from specially written pieces for handbells to Christmas carols and ending with a handbell setting of “Eternal Father strong to save”.Everyone really enjoyed it which was evident by the comments received afterwards and the emails sent in to the mission.
The concert raised just over £550 which is equivalent to 1½ days running costs which we are really incredibly thrilled about.
The generosity of the The Jordanhill Parish Church Handbell ringers and the Church group in not taking a fee greatly assists the work of the Mission here in Scotland and is really appreciated by the Trustees and Chaplain and, through the funds raised, the seafarers visiting our Scottish ports.
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2018 AGM at St Mary’s Grangemouth

The Mission to Seafarers Scotland held their annual Meeting on Saturday 30th June at St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Grangemouth where Captain Martyn Clark took over as Chairman from Revd Dr Canon Bob Harley.

After the Rector of St Mary’s, the Rev Willie Shaw, welcomed those present, presentations were made on behalf of the Scottish Board by The Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General to the Mission to Seafarers to two Board Members who were resigning, due to their time of the board expiring. Bob Harley was thanked for his Chairmanship role of the Board and also his 13 years service as a Trustee and Ray Myers for his incredible 22 years as a Scottish Council member and Trustee, Ray stating that he will continue as a volunteer ship visitor for the foreseeable future.

The Rev Tim Tunley, Scottish Chaplain was also presented with a gift and card to celebrate his 25 years’ service as a Priest.

The new Chairman highlighted some facts from the Annual Report and the Treasurer David Graham-Service reported about the Annual accounts, thanking not only those who have donated by legacy and directly; but also those who volunteer to assist seafarers in many ways.

After Rev Tim Tunley reported about his work and gave a couple of examples of help he had assisted with in the past year, the Annual Address was given by Rev Canon Andrew Wright who spoke about assisting those in need.

Celebration of the Eucharist followed and then a light lunch was presented by ladies from the church, where Tim cut the 25th Anniversary Cake made in his honour. The chairman then presented flowers to the ladies who had kindly prepared lunch and refreshments.

A concert for MtSS

Jordanhill Handbell Ringers will once again be performing in St Columba’s Episcopal church, Bathgate. Not only have they performed across the U.K. but also throughout the world including Canada, Australia and Korea to name a few. The Concert had been arranged by the Mission to Seafarers Scotland with all proceeds going to support their work in Scotland.

Click here for concert poster

The Concert will be held on 16th November at 7.30pm with tickets at £5.00 (light refreshments included).

Tickets are now available from David Graham-Service (07901 947 345 or treasurer@mtss.scot)

R U 1 in a 1000 Campaign Launch

At this year’s Annual Meeting, we are launching our latest fundraising campaign – “R U 1 in a 1000?”.

We rely almost entirely on individual donations and periodic grants to carry out our support to our seafarers, but the reliance on this means it has been very difficult to plan our work, from year to year. This is why we are launching the “R U 1 in a 1000?” campaign.

We are looking to build up 1,000 supporters, pledging just £10 per month. If we can achieve that target, the future of our work will be both secure and sustainable for years to come.

We know that many people have limited incomes but, next time you buy a banana from a supermarket, or a shirt from a clothes shop, pause and think of the crewmen and women who helped to bring them across the seas to our shores.

For full details of the campaign – click here

MOAS Rohingya Relief

The Mission to Seafarers Scottish Chaplain heads off this weekend on a two month tour assisting in the relief of the Rohingya refugees. On Sunday morning Rev Tim Tunley sets off from Edinburgh to Columbo Sri Lanka and from their to Galle and finally from Galle to Chittagong. He will be working with the MOAS relief team on board the MV Phoenix. Not only will he be offering pastoral care to the crew he will also be acting Assistant Mess Man. The MV phoenix team will be delivering relief supplies, care for refugees at sea and working with the other relief agencies in the area.  We send our love and prayers with Tim on this very worthy cause and look forward to seeing him back home at the end of the year.

Guest Speaker at the General Meeting

On Saturday 13 May, trustees and friends of the Mission to Seafarers Scotland gathered in Perth for the Annual Meeting.  Chairman Revd Dr Canon Robert Harley spoke about the Mission’s activities over the past year. This year’s keynote speaker was Brian Murdoch from the SS Explorer Preservation Society. He gave a very informative and enjoyable talk about the work that they do in Leith.