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Ports Worldwide
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Seafarers' Christian Friend Society

For over 170 years, we have provided a lifeline to men and women, from all nations, who work at sea. Our chaplains, with your support, offer compassion, friendship and support for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

If you or a loved one have ever had to isolate or remain housebound, you’ll know the feeling of disconnection that seafarers feel on a much bigger scale. With quick turnarounds at port, they rarely have the opportunity to leave their ship and get on dry land.

Over the years, our chaplains and volunteer ship visitors have boarded thousands of ships when they arrive in port and have connected with tens of thousands of crew, both male and female, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Supporting Seafarers

For up to nine months many seafarers seldom have the opportunity to come on shore from their ship.

Where We serve

Over 35 Port Chaplains and Volunteer Ship Visitors meet seafarers on board merchant ships in over 20 ports.

Get involved

SCFS wouldn’t exist without the vital involvement and support of individuals, churches and businesses. Find out how.

Give

Your generous donations and gifts allow us to share the Gospel, serve and provide vital support to seafarers.

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Why SCFS

What we provide

For Seafarers

For over 170 years, we have provided a lifeline to men and women, from all nations, who work at sea. Our chaplains, with your support, offer compassion, friendship and support for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Seafarers' Families

Seafarers regularly tell our visitors about spending their lives thousands of miles from home. As well as the obvious problems of spending so long away from loved ones, seafarers can also encounter difficulties and struggle to readjust when they return home.

For Supporters

SCFS wouldn’t be able to befriend and support seafarers without financial donations from people like you, our generous friends and supporters. Here are some simple ways that your financial support can help us do this work best.

SCFS Provides many ways you can get involved

testimonial/News Stories

Stories

"Finally, I'm able to see my son!" A heart felt message from Pascha, a Lithuanian seafarer...

A Precious Gift Cork Port News

Jessica shares an insight into the multi-faceted work of SCFS in the Philippines.

SCFS Philippines on the Go! Manila Port News

Tony shares about an innovative ministry to the seafarers in Portsmouth.

The Power of Praise Portsmouth Port News

Sam Cowan represents SCFS at a celebratory service.

RLNI's 200th Anniversary Belfast Port News

Read the latest news from Theo & Yvonne...

Updates from Amsterdam Amsterdam Port News

Sam reports on his first cruise ship visit of the season...

First Time In Belfast Belfast Port News

Jae shares about some of his recent encounters with seafarers...

Dublin News Dublin Port News

The SCFS Philippines team enjoyed a visit on board Doulos Hope...

Doulos Hope Visits Manila Manila Port News

Highlights from recent ship visitations in Amsterdam, including "Tulip-Action"....

Tulip-Action! Amsterdam Port News

A SCFS Chaplain shares how his life was dramatically changed while he was working as a deck hand on a banana cargo ship.

A Deckhand Meets The Master St Lucia Port News

Good News for Everyone!

Belfast News Belfast Port News

An update from the new SCFS team...

Foynes-Limerick News Foynes-Limerick News

New SCFS Limerick team member turns on the heat...

Going the Extra Mile Foynes-Limerick News Story

The Cork team comes to the aid of stranded fishermen.

Stranded Cork News Story

Ryan, a cook from the Philippines, shares how he almost became a murderer!

Foiled! Hamburg News Story

How a search for batteries led to an opportunity to share the Good News.

Please replace your batteries... Hamburg News Story

How God answered a seafarer’s prayer…

Estelito's Prayer Hamburg News Story