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The festive period is on its way, and maritime charities are looking forward to being able to take presents to seafarers on their ships again after two Christmases blighted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In-person events such as carol services are also back, so here's a snapshot of what's on
Maritime charity carols
The Mission to Seafarers
Festival of the Nine Lessons and Carols
Tuesday 6 December 2022, 17:30
All Hallows by the Tower, London EC3R 5BJ
Christmas carols at All Hallows by the Tower followed by canapes and drinks reception at Trinity House.
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Wednesday 14 December 2022, 12:30
All Hallows by the Tower, London EC3R 5BJ – also livestreamed
Carol service and mince pies.
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Carol service at Farm Street Church, London W1K 3AH
Thursday 15 December, 19:00. All welcome.
Carol services in Edinburgh and Glasgow and for supporters and volunteers in Newcastle are planned. Details to be confirmed. Contact the relevant area representatives: In Scotland, email development officer Euan McArthur email@example.com; in Glasgow email the senior area chaplain Deacon Joe O’Donnell:firstname.lastname@example.org; and in Newcastle email the regional chaplain Paul Atkinson: email@example.com
Stella Maris is also organising fundraisers and appeals including:
- Christmas Appeal. Mail appeal to supporters and donors. 'Will you give a gift to a seafarer and send a festive greeting?' For more information visit stellamaris.org.uk
- Christmas Tree Appeal, Stella Maris Southampton. Call chaplains to arrange collection or delivery, either. Charles Stuart firstname.lastname@example.org or Gregory Hogan email@example.com
- a Bacon Butty appeal in Falmouth is being held on Sunday 20 November at St Mary Immaculate Church, Falmouth, to raise funds to buy Christmas gifts for seafarers.
'Christmas provides a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for the work of seafarers, who do so much to make our Christmas festivities possible, and to support chaplains and ship visitors who work especially hard at Christmas to ensure that seafarers and their families are not forgotten. Stella Maris UK CEO Martin Foley