Our parish Apostleship of the Sea group was started on 14th November 2003 for ministry in the Port of Sharpness which falls within the Parish of Christ the King, Thornbury.
We have three teams of two members and each team visits the port once a fortnight as well as on request. In this way we can arrange to see nearly all ships that arrive in port.
Our main aim is to make seafarers feel welcome in a strange country and chat with them. Sometimes seafarers enjoy chatting to someone different to the crew that they spend 24 hours a day with. On visits we will sell phone cards and help with things such as local shopping in Berkeley and Sharpness. We can also provide warm clothing, generously donated by the parish as well as religious material. A good example of this is palms in the build up to Easter. We also arrange for advent calendars and cards to be sent home to their families at Christmas time. If required we can arrange for them to attend mass and we will provide transport.
Our Ship Visitors are: Bob Hetherton, Maria Scott, Jason Kendal, Joe McHugh, Pat Morrissey, David Williams, Pete McGillan, Pamela Maher and Penelope Boosey. Our Port Chaplain is Peter Morgan who is also responsible for the ports at Avonmouth and Portbury.