ASCENSION DAY, THURSDAY, May 30, 2019
Worship Service, Blessing of the Boats & Fish Fry behind Brotula's Restaurant in Destin
This Destin, Florida tradition was created 61 years ago to ask God's blessing over each boat in the Destin Fishing Fleet. It has now expanded to prayers for any vessel, captain and crew THAT MAKES THEIR LIVING ON THE SEA.
The Blessing of the Fleet begins with an outdoor Ascension Day Service behind Brotula's Restaurant. After the service, Destin pastors proceed to the docks to bless the passing vessels. 140 boats were blessed in 2018. Meanwhile the Fish Fry Feast welcomes locals and visiting diners to enjoy great local food with a view of the harbor.
Beginning in March, Boat Captains/Owners may register their vessels by calling 850.837.6324 or emailing your Boat Name, Captain's Name, Mailing Address, Email Address and Phone Number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the past 16 years, Destin-area churches, civic leaders and businesses have joined together to offer a variety of additional events during the week of Ascension Day. "Destin's Week of Blessings" offers faith-focused family-oriented activities which create greater opportunities to bless and support the Destin community.
As always, Thursday's Blessing of the Fleet is hosted by Immanuel Anglican Church. Immanuel is excited to team with other area churches who share the vision of preserving Destin's character as a faith-and-family-oriented community.