Mercy Ships, a charity which provides free healthcare onboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, is hosting its first Scottish Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday 14th December at 7.30pm.
Mercy Ships is an international charity that operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, to deliver free, world-class healthcare, as well as carrying capacity building and sustainable development programmes to those without access in the developing world. The charity brings hope and healing to many of those living in the world’s poorest countries.
The Africa Mercy is currently docked in Madagascar where the charity plans to provide approximately 1,700 surgeries for patients onboard. With a volunteer crew of 450 from about 40 different nations, the charity’s medical professional volunteers will also provide healthcare education and training to Malagasy healthcare professionals and its community leaders.
The charity’s Christmas Carol Service aims to remember those who are no longer with us. By filling out an online donation form, Mercy Ships invites attendees to send the names of loved ones to be printed in the Order of Service so that they can be remembered through prayer and song on the evening. Singing at the Service will be the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be provided after the Service.
Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “In previous years we have held very popular Christmas Services in Sheffield and London so we are delighted to now be putting on our first Scottish Service in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. We invite all members of the general public to come and join us on the 14th December. A collection in aid of Mercy Ships will be taken but the annual Service is free to attend and we would like to welcome everyone to come along for a thoroughly enjoyable Service and a mince pie!” Rachel Woodford