Last Friday, I did indeed do the Scattering of Ashes at Sea followed by a vessel naming ceremony at Montrose Harbour and then conducting a wedding of a lovely couple! Sadly, no photographs!
I have had a busy week with lots of good things going on… much to be thankful for!
The centre continues to be a blessing to the seafarers who visit and I also am grateful to my volunteer Ship Visitors – a warm welcome to Lynne who passed the training course last weekend and joins our team. I am thankful too for all those who kindly volunteer to man the Seafarers Centre in the evening. Keeping our doors open every evening of the year!
I welcomed another new volunteer – someone to help with my accounts and some administration – that will be a real blessing to me! He will join me tomorrow to do the end of year accounts for the day-to-day running of the Centre. Thanks to Sam who has been so good at keeping my finances right over the past couple of years and I wish her well as she goes on maternity leave.
It was a privilege to attend the City Pastors monthly lunchtime meeting at City Church. This is a good opportunity to interact with the pastors of the local Church and to encourage one another.
The Seafarers Centre received a large donation of Polo Shirts and heavy Jackets – this will be a great help to the many visiting seafarers who find Aberdeen a cold place! Despite the good weather this past week, they do complain about how cold it is!
I also had some fun ship visiting – this is my passion and I so enjoy this aspect of my ministry to seafarers.
I am on duty tonight at the Centre and I will be meeting a prospective volunteer to discuss how he can assist the thousands of seafarers who visit the port each year.
On a personal level, I was joined on Thursday late afternoon by my son Neil to tackle the jungle that is our front garden. It is on a slope and had numerous overgrown shrubs… and mountains of weeds! We cleared the area and made a bonfire – great fun!
Today, I had my usual early morning walk with Dillon which revealed this fine sunrise – with the tanker MV KAREN KNUTSEN anchored in Nigg Bay.
Tonight I am on duty at the Seafarers Centre with Derek – and several Filipino guys are in having a great time! We also had an Indian Master Mariner – studying at RGU and offering to volunteer… A good night so far!
Enjoy your week!