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JULY Monthly Letter

The month of July brings the marking of Sea Sunday on the 8th July.

Here we join with many other coastal communities in praying for the safety of all at sea, and for their families.


Many of our church communities pray regularly for those at sea - those off shore, our local fishermen and all whose livelihood depends on the sea, leisure and pleasure-craft, cruise ships and of course our lifeboat volunteers.


We are greatly blessed to have 2 lifeboat crews in our Coastal Group - the RNLI station at Happisburgh with its inshore Russell Pickering and the Atlantic Howard Bell,  and the independent station at Sea Palling with its 2 inshore boats - the Lionheart and the smaller Lion Ros Clipston.


Both of our stations are staffed by volunteers, who are on call 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Such commitment and dedication to literally drop everything and go to the aid of someone in need is truly selfless, and we are rightly proud of them.


Mission to Seafarers offers support and care for seafarers around the world, working on 200 ports and 50 countries. According to their website, www.missiontoseafarers.org over 90% of world trade is carried by sea, providing work for 1.5 million seafarers.

I know a number of people across our villages support their work financially, and also through the knitting of woolly hats which Eiler sends through to them. If you would like to get knitting, Eiler would be delighted to hear from you!


Our coastline is very much part of what we enjoy about living in our Coastal Group of parishes.

So please find a moment this month to pray for all at sea and their safety.


With every blessing,


Catherine


Revd Catherine Dobson.

Rector, The Coastal Group.