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.
Our 2015 Cruise Ministry Calendar is now up and running. You may notice we are now using a public Google Calendar for our Cruise schedule. This means you don't have to leave our site to look for volunteer oppurtunities. The first ships arrive in late April and continue through the fall, endiing in the first week of November. Aa usual, the busiest time is diring September and October (we even have a stretch of 16 STRAIGHT DAYS of ships!)
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.
1Pe 4:10 NIV - Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. - So, here's an unusual request. I'm looking for someone adept at Python programming who would be willing to volunteer their expertise. Why?
Each year at the end of the cruise ship season, when the Mission is empty save me, I pray for all those who entered through these doors. As I walk up and down our flights of stairs and into each of our rooms, I recall just a few of the faces and smiles of the men and women who visited us,
Today's line-up at South Boston Waterfront. The Caribbean Princess (it's aft is on the right edge of pic), The Norwegian Gem entering the channel between the Norwegian Dawn and the container ship Jennifer Rickmers. The Princess and the Gem
The Jewel of the Sea just sounded her horn blast, setting off car alarms and such, announcing her entry into the harbor and headed for open sea. She has been here in the Port of Boston since Sunday am along with the Caribbean Princess (Diverted from New York) and the Crystal Symphony.
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