The Boaters' Christian Fellowship

For Christians who enjoy the Inland Waterways of Britain


Fellowship weekend - a bacon buttie!

Fellowship Weekend 24-26 Sep 2021

Looking forward to see as many members as possible! Programme available in the Members' Area.


The father greets his prodigal son when he returns.

The Prodigal Son

When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. Luke 15:20

The son had gone off the rails. He saw the error of his ways and decided to return home. That can't have been an easy decision. Even though he had wronged his family, he still knew that's where he belonged. And his dad threw a party!

How often have relationships gone sour because someone has upset their friends or family? Yet the simple act of not just saying "sorry", but actually meaning it, can repair the situation.

The father in this parable represents God the Father, but it can just as easily represent us. As it says in the Lord's Prayer - "as we forgive those who trespass against us".


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.


AGM & Fellowship Day 2021

Covid restrictions permitting, we will be holding our AGM & Fellowship day in Rugby as usual. Please visit the Members' area for more information and booking form.

Please note - this is for Members only.


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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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History

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