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Ships Unload their Cargo of Rugby World Cup Fans!

 Rev Bob Peters - Mission to Searfarers Chaplain
The Mission to Seafarers Chaplain Reverend Bob Peters is pictured standing on the deck of a ship berthed at the Port of Wellington with the Wellington Regional Stadium in the background, the Stadium being a mere stroll over the road no more than 200m away. 

International news Journalists, here for the Rugby World Cup, have marvelled at the prime location of such a major sports venue in the heart of a vibrant city community. 

Access to and from the 35,000 seat Stadium to sea, road, and rail facilities is literally a stone throw away, a feature which is probably unique in the world. Could the RWC 2011 outreach initiative by the Mission to Seafarers have been the biggest Diocesan outreach event ever!? Probably!

The RWC 2011 quarter finals weekend on 8 and 9 October proved a bonanza for Rev Bob and his team. They targeted cruise liner passengers here for the RWC event. “We had three cruise ships visit Wellington for three days in a row”, he reported, “delivering 3,000 passengers and with 1,200 crew on each ship. The Mission to Seafarers Centre at the Port had over 2,000 visitors. We have given away 800 bibles in all languages, 900 prayer calendars, and exhausted our supplies of free woollen beanies. Now we need some more!” 

Geographically, the Parish construct of the Mission to Seafarers could be considered a global one. This means it regularly deals with large numbers of people. The influx of rugby fans may be over but the 2011-2012 cruise ship season is about to begin this Labour weekend at the end of October. Reverend Bob expects to be as busy as ever! In total, 90 massive cruise liners are expected to berth at the Port along Aotea Quay over this cruising season. The Mission to Seafarers team will be there to meet and greet the passengers and offer some honest Kiwi hospitality. Church services in the Mission to Seafarers Centre are also offered to cruise liner passengers, and they are well attended. 

A plea for help from Reverend Bob:
“We are short of volunteers for some evenings and Saturdays. The pastoral issues encountered from both passengers and crew members are often significant. Please, can you help by volunteering some time?” 

Training and support is offered to Volunteers who will enjoy a unique experience with an international flavour, right on their doorstep. If you can help, please contact Reverend Bob on either emails or, or telephone 027 849 3861. 

Finally, thank you to many people across the Wellington Diocese who have knitted woollen beanies which are given as a gift to visiting crew members. Those beanies are now sailing the seven seas! The Mission to Seafarers team would be very grateful for more woollen beanies. Please send them to the Anglican Centre in Wellington who will pass them on to Reverend Bob and his team. 

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!