New England Seafarers Mission began in the 1880s with the arrival of the Swedish Covenant Church during the great Scandanavian immigration to the US. We began with a single pastor who worked the waterfront, visiting primarily crews from the many Swedish ships calling in Boston. Over the years, that ministry grew to include people from all over the world.
September is here and as I mentioned in my last posting, so are the ships at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. We are in need of some caring volunteers who can donate a day or so of their time to help serve the crew members at our Seafarers Center. If you click here, you will see our calender for the month of September. Each day lists either; The church/group that has reserved that day (Coded GREEN meaning we are good to go), or Cruise Ministry Day with a listing of partial staffing (YELLOW, still need more), or Cruise Ministry Day with no staffing (RED for urgent help needed). The number of volunteers needed for that day is also listed.
Our hours are 8:30 until 3:00, but really if you can only make a part of that please sign-up anyways. We have FREE parking available with a little walk to the Mission, or access us by Public Transportatiion - Silver Line 2 out of South Station. After you select a day when you can be available, return to our sign-up page (neseafarers.org/volunteer) and fill our our reservation form. Any questions? Call our office at 617-443-0282 or e-mail us; volunteer at neseafarers.org
Thanks and we hope to see you soon! - Steve Cushing
It's that time of year again. Autumn in New England with cooler temps, vibrant colors and back to school. It's also the time when our Cruise Ministry goes into HIGH GEAR as our ship count increases by 7 fold. Do you have time during the week? Maybe a day off, or a half day or some personal time coming to you. There is an abundance of week day Mission Ministry days availabe for one, two or three volunteers. There are also some Saturdays and Sundays left for a larger team from your church or small group. This is your chance to meet people from around the world and make a difference in their difficult life. Please take a look at our scheule and come join us.
Today will be a busy day! I'm preaching at Cornerstone Covenant Church in Boston and looking forward to sharing about the Mission with our sisters and brothers there. Then heading over to Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to join our staff who are already there waiting for the first cruise ship of the 2014 season - the Brilliance of the Sea. If you've never seen the seafarers center in action, please come by and visit. We may even put you to work. Keep NESM in your prayers for this 2014 season, that our ministry to the seafarers would be fruitful.
Into the Seafarers Mission, that is, and volunteer for one of our Mission Days at the Seafarers Center. The calendar for the 2014 season is up and ready for you and your church, group or friends to sign up. Just click over to the "Get Involved" menu and choose "Volunteer for a Cruise Ship". The click on the calendar link and look for some dates that will work. Click on our logo on the calendar and you'll be back on our sign up form. Easy as that. Hope to see you soon. - Chaplain Steve
Into the Seafarers Mission, that is, and volunteer for one of our Mission Days at the Seafarers Center. The calendar for the 2014 season is up and ready for you and your groups to sign up. Just click over to the Get Involved menu and choose "Volunteer for a Cruise Ship". The click on the calendar link and look for some dates that will work. Click on our logo on the calendar and you'll be back on our sign up form. Easy as that. Hope to see you soon. - Chaplain Steve
In the last few days we have heard news from the Philippines of the overwhelming tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan. Seafarers from the Philippines make up over 20% of the work force at sea. That means there a thousands of Filipino seafarers waiting to hear if their family and friends are alright. These men and women are forced to endure agonizing hours and days until they hear some kind of news, be it good, orprayerfully not, bad. Please keep these men and women from the Philippines in your prayers. Already our worldwide partners in industry, labor, ICMA (International Christian Maritime Association) and ISWAN (International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network) are working on international cooperation to assist in relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. For an overview of some of those international efforts please read this press release from ISWAN.
We have a very active Cruise Mission Ministry schedule for September and October. Look at our calendar and you'll see ships coming into Boston nearly every day of the week for the next two months. We have most of the weekend days set for help with churches coming in, but weekdays are a particular (and annual) need. You don't need to come up with a large group from your church or organization. For these ships we need individuals or couples or even a small group to help us out. Even one person would be a blessing to a seafarer.
We Have this Hope as an Anchor, Firm and Secure - Hebrews 6:19
NE Seafarers Mission is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Read More