Ocean Terminal Christmas Prayer Tree – a total of 120 messages (prayers or remembrance messages for others) were hung on our first Christmas Prayer Tree in Ocean Terminal during the 9 days before Christmas. The prayers were collected, and offered in the Leith churches over the Christmas period. More details and some photos on the Ocean Terminal page of this website. To read more and see photos, click on the attached file. Christmas at Ocean Terminal pictures
‘Leith, the docks, seafarers, churches @ Ocean Terminal’, 2nd – 7th November 2010
Wandering into the rotunda area in Ocean Terminal early in November, you’d have been confronted by 3 Debenhams’ models (no, not live ones) dressed in kilts, balldresses and ….accessories – woolly hats, helmets and high visibility vests with ‘Chaplain’ on the reverse. The accessories were those of three organisations: the Sailors’ Society, the Apostleship of the Sea and the Mission to Seafarers. They spring from different church traditions but all share one concern: the care of seafarers. In 2005, they signed a covenant pledging themselves to greater cooperation as part of their joint vision to improve that care.
The display was organised by Jennifer Stark, Leith Churches Outreach Project, and the chaplains and devekopment workers of the 3 organisations: Tim Bell, Tim Tunley, Jim McRae and Richard Haggarty. It also featured two other ongoing projects connected with Leith and its docks: the Vine Trust, currently renovating a barge in the docks which will be a permanent education and resource centre, and the Merchant Navy Memorial Trust (Scotland), which recently realised its vision of a memorial in Leith to the Scottish Merchant Navy seamen who died for their country in two World Wars. The memorial was unveiled by the Princess Royal at The Shore, following a service in South Leith Parish Church