The Boaters' Christian Fellowship

For Christians who enjoy the Inland Waterways of Britain

Crick Boat Show 3-5 June 2022

Come along and get a very warm welcome at our stand!

Please see the Calendar for more information.

Three candles lit for peace shining brightly against a dark background.

Psalm 31 – A Prayer of Trust in God

  1. I come to you, Lord, for protection; never let me be defeated. You are a righteous God; save me, I pray!
  2. Hear me! Save me now! Be my refuge to protect me; my defence to save me.
  3. You are my refuge and defence; guide me and lead me as you have promised.
  4. Keep me safe from the trap that has been set for me; shelter me from danger.
  5. I place myself in your care. You will save me, Lord; you are a faithful God.

I found it very difficult to decide what to write about for this coming month. We are in Lent, coming up to Holy Week and the joy of Easter, there is so much I could say at this time. But recently I attended a service in a local church organised by Polish people to pray for Ukraine. It was a very moving experience. Christians in Ukraine had sent us this psalm, each verse read in their own language by a different person or group. Please join me in praying that they will be protected and saved.

Cruising on the Kennet & Avon

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.

Canalway Cavalcade

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.

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About Us

Formed in 1995 the BCF now has over 600 members, with approximately 350 privately owned boats. Read more...


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See us at Crick Boat Show 3-5 June 2022. Click here for details of the show.