In chapter 2 of the book of Acts in the New Testament section of the Bible, we can read about what happened when Jesus’s friends were celebrating the festival of Pentecost. They were filled with the Holy Spirit when God’s power came upon them in a very exciting way.
Many people saw what happened and asked Peter what they needed to do to follow Jesus. Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’ (verse 38). Peter’s words tell us what we need to do to become friends and followers of Jesus.
When we decide to say yes to Jesus and become Christians, He sends His Holy Spirit to us to comfort, strengthen and help us in our lives. Ask Jesus to fill you with His Holy Spirit today and He will answer your prayer and bring you His peace.
If you are a Christian, and have a love of the British Canals and Rivers, then the Boaters' Christian Fellowship is for you! Despite the name, you do not need a boat to be a member.
Membership is open to anyone who agrees with our Statement of Belief. We are a diverse group of many denominations. Members of the Boaters' Christian Fellowship come from all walks of life and ages. Some just enjoy walking or sitting by the waterways. Many want to own a boat one day, or have sadly had to give up their boating life. Some enjoy Hire Boat holidays. Of course, a large percentage are currently boat owners or have a share in a boat.
It is our shared love of our Lord, and common interest in the waterways that brings us together. We organise get-togethers throughout the year (formally and informally), and our Membership Directory ensures you can find other members near you. Our AGM is a lively affair, with members coming from all over the country to share fellowship and worship. As well as the formal meeting (which we keep as short as possible), there is plenty of time to get to know each other. We also enjoy a "Bring and Share" lunch - which usually has enough left-overs for tea as well!
The Boaters' Christian Fellowship is a great way of getting to know other Christians across the network. If you are new to boating, several of our members will be only too pleased to share their knowledge with you. Our regular magazine, the BCF Word, is published four times a year in full colour. It is packed with useful tips, as well as members sharing stories of their cruises. There is a series of studies on the letter of Paul to the Romans, along with news from the Waterways Chaplaincy and Canal Ministries team.
Many people, from all walks of life, feel something of the "Peace of the Canals". It is a way of getting away from the pressures of life. A chance and a place to reflect. This is why the Canal & River Trust has the strapline "Making life better by water". As Christians, we can thank God for the opportunities this presents to share the Good News.
A team from the Boaters' Christian Fellowship and Canal Ministries will be moored up along the towpath in Water Eaton, near Milton Keynes, for a week commencing 12 June 2021.