The People of the Sea Service

For 60 years George Street United Church in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, had held a special annual service called “The People of the Sea Service”. Initially the tradition was actually tied to the blessing of the fleet in St. John’s Harbour as the sealers headed out to the ice for the seal hunt. For over a hundred years, prior to departure the sealers and their families in most Outport communities would gather in their respective churches where prayers were offered for their success and safe return home. The tradition was revived again by Rev. Naboth Winsor with the first “Sealers’Service” at George Street United Church on March 3, 1963. Gradually it grew to include all people who make their living on or from the sea, those whose work took them on the ocean and those whose work is to study and preserve our ocean and sea environment and marine life.

This year’s service will be held on Sunday, April 28th, 2024 at 2:00pm at Memorial United Church, located on 1859 Portugal Cove Road.

A reception will follow the service.



Apr 28 2024


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm