On the 8th July, a week later than usual, we will be having our family service which also happens to be our annual Transport service and blessing of vehicles at Saint Giles at 9.30 am. It is a week later in July, so that the choir from school can come.
It would be very easy to talk about St Christopher but as you know I like to step outside of the box. Whilst at our transport service we see cars, vans, bicycles and the occasional walking stick but one thing we don’t see is boats.
Derbyshire isn’t really known for its famous sea farers (with the exception of Dame Ellen MacArthur) and the only other link we seem to have to seafaring is the ill-fated oil tanker, the MV Derbyshire, which was the largest British ship ever lost at sea.
Being a landlocked county, it is very easy for us to forget to pray for those who work on the sea and rely on boats as part of their everyday life. As an island nation, life would be very different without ships both to protect us and bring us goods from overseas. The patron saint of the sea is actually Saint Nicholas (yes that St Nicholas)! Therefore, I would like to ask you to remember, in your prayers, those whose work and livelihood is involved with the sea.
Looking forward to seeing you on 8th July for the blessing of vehicles.