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Invergordon Parish Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland

 

 

 

Invergordon is well known for its deep water channel and excellent harbour facilities, making it one of Europe’s premiere ports for inspection, maintenance, and repair of oil rigs.  It is also a major service base for the deep-water subsea industry, for oil and gas operations and for work on semi-submersibles and pontoons.  Over recent years it has also become a very popular destination for cruise liners.

In 2004, some 23 thousand cruise passengers visited the port on 40 cruise ship calls.  By 2010 this number had risen to 63 thousand passengers (and approximately 25 thousand crew members) on 53 cruise ship calls.  60 cruise liner visits are scheduled in Invergordon during 2012.

The church is open to visitors on days when cruise liners are in port.  Passengers enjoy seeing the church and appreciate the hospitality and warm welcome they receive, as well as the tea and shortbread.  Some like to have a time of quiet reflection and prayer; others like to play the magnificent pipe organ!  Bibles, tracts and Christian booklets in several languages are available and are gladly accepted by many, both passengers and crew.  Phone cards and foreign language newspapers are also popular.

As well as being open to cruise liner passengers, the church offers an important ministry to the crew members through its Seafarers Centre.  The Seafarers Centre, located in the church, exists to enhance and enrich the wellbeing of the seafarers.  There is always someone available to help with welfare or spiritual needs.  The Seafarers Centre also provides low-cost internet access, card-operated payphones and phone cards/SIM cards for mobile phones to enable seafarers to contact their loved ones around the world.  We are affiliated to the Sailors' Society, a Christian seafarers charity, and through their network of chaplains around the globe are able to assist seafarers if there are welfare issues with their families at home.  Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are also provided.  In 2011 we took possession of a minibus funded by seafarers charities and the local port authority.  It is used to transport seafarers from berths around the Cromarty Firth to the Seafarers Centre in Invergordon or to other local destinations for recreation or shopping.

Teams visit crew members on-board ships, too, so that the chaplaincy services of the Seafarers Centre extend to those unable to leave the vessel.

 

Celebrating more than 150 years of Christian Witness in Invergordon