Announcing: Key Worker Sunday

Announcing: Key Worker Sunday

Each Thursday, we have all been on our doorsteps and leaning out of our windows cheering, clanging saucepans together and clapping with gusto for NHS and key workers across the UK: our heroes in these challenging times. Now there is an exciting new opportunity for you to celebrate key workers everywhere: Key Worker Sunday, on the 24th of May 2020.

There is an African proverb that goes: “It takes a village to raise a child,” and now we’re all acutely aware that it takes a village to run a hospital too.

Mercy Ships supporters and volunteers like you understand the vital importance of all key workers. Half of the volunteers onboard our hospital ship are in key support roles: they are cooks, carpenters, cleaners, IT technicians, engineers, plumbers, receptionists, teachers and many more.

Without all the vital support roles our floating hospital could not function. That is why we are delighted to announce Key Worker Sunday.

#KeyWorkerSunday is an opportunity for you and churches to encourage and celebrate key workers in your congregation and community by asking them to post a photo of themselves wearing their work clothing, so others can comment with words of appreciation and prayers of protection and peace. Let’s celebrate their skills and thank them for their dedication!

Mark #KeyWorkerSunday with your church. There are lots of ideas, suggested prayers, Bible verses and sermon notes for Key Worker Sunday in the Skills Sunday pack.

To help celebrate the day and in appreciation of key workers everywhere, we are releasing some special thank you cards. These cards are available here.

Now you can thank and celebrate key workers in your community while helping to support healthcare workers in Africa both now during the current pandemic and afterwards.