New Year is often a time for resolutions, and pupils at St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock were challenged to promise and spread the word about the work of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS).
Euan McArthur, Scottish Development Officer, spoke to an S1 Religious Education (RE) class including some who were present at Sea Sunday in nearby St Gabriel’s Church, Merrylee, Glasgow in November to hear first-hand some of the difficulties facing seafarers in Scotland.
RE teacher, Chris Docherty, admitted he had learned so much about the charity and encouraged his class to take up the mantle and talk to their immediate family about how they too might help AoS carry on its good work into the future.
Mr Docherty said: “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone here spoke to at least two family members when they get home and told them about what they’ve just learned?
Photo: St Ninian's High School
“You may not be at an age yet to help practically by visiting a ship, but what you are all able to do is spread the good news about what is happening right here in Scotland to help those at sea, and how people close to us can play their part through fund-raising.
“When we hear about the stranded crew of the ship mv Malaviya Seven who spent Christmas hundreds of miles away from their families in Aberdeen, it proves what vital work Apostleship of the Sea are doing in looking after their welfare.
“This is a lifelong apostolate. The earlier we all get involved in doing our bit the better it will be for everyone in the future.”
AoS are building on their relationship with St Ninian’s and plan to lead a visit to Fairfield Govan Heritage Centre and Workspace, near to the banks of the River Clyde, to hear the story of Glasgow’s Greatest Shipyard.
Head of RE, Mr Gerry Bradshaw, said: “This would be an interesting next step for the pupils to find out a bit more about the history of shipbuilding and appreciating the importance of the history of the sea in the city of Glasgow.”