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The Boaters' Christian Fellowship

For Christians who enjoy the Inland Waterways of Britain

You can rely on God

The text "In You, Lord my Go, I put my trust" over a glorious sunrise with the silhoutte of the  back of a person with their arms raised to heaven.

Some verses from Psalm 25 for you all.

[1] In You, Lord my God,
         I put my trust.
[2] I trust in You;
        do not let me be put to shame,
        nor let my enemies triumph over me.
[4] Show me Your ways, Lord,
        teach me Your paths.
[5] Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
        for You are God my Saviour,
        and my hope is in You all day long.
[8] Good and upright is the Lord;
        therefore He instructs sinners in His ways.
[9] He guides the humble in what is right
        and teaches them His way.
[10] All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
        toward those who keep the demands of His covenant.
[12] Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
        He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
[15] My eyes are ever on the Lord,
        for only He will release my feet from the snare.
[18] Look on my affliction and my distress
        and take away all my sins.
[21] May integrity and uprightness protect me,
        because my hope, Lord, is in You.

I love this Psalm. In the New Living Translation we read in verse 1 ‘Oh Lord I give you my life’.
How comforting these words are. Just like you and I, King David had the same experience of the reality of God right there! God was present in his life. David knew God. We can know God too.

Through tragedy and blessings, David knew God was with him. We too have experienced tragedy and blessings like some of you. Yet no matter the depth of pain we are in, or the heights of joy He gives. I know He, our precious Lord Jesus, is with us everywhere we go. Praise Him!

May He Bless you abundantly Amen.

Who is the Boaters' Christian Fellowship for?

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.

Getting together

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.

The peace of the canals

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.

About Us

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


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