"When Jesus spoke again to the people He said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
As the light summer evenings recede, we welcome Autumns’ glory and we remember our God our creator who first said ‘Let there be light’. (Genesis 1:3)
I expect you can think of many reasons why light is so important to us. Yet, let me take you back in your imagination times gone by... A ship is tossing like a cork on stormy seas in the dark of night. The captain and crew search in vain, with squinted eyes, through the salty sea mist, desperately trying to see where to steer their vessel in order to avoid those threatening coastal rocks that may be nearby as they try to head into the safety of the port. Imagine their relief when a crew member suddenly sees the welcome sight of the lighthouse shining in the night, guiding their way to safety. What a relief! What a life saver!
Yet, we know there is another who is a Life Saver, not just for this life, but for all eternity: Jesus Christ, our Lord. He truly is the light of the world and we experience His light when we put our trust in Him. For then we see clearly as He shines His light into our hearts, guiding us safely through the storms of life. I expect many of us have found that when we cling to Him we find Him clinging on us. It is such a relief!
Jesus shines His light into our lives as we read His word, pray and praise Him. As we read in Psalm 119:105 2Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path". Indeed, our gracious God shines His light on the details of our life, showing us how to live. He illuminates our path, showing us the way to go. He shines his comforting light into our hearts through the presence of His Holy Spirit within us.
It is He who works in us to produce His fruit of peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Let us pray that God will help us to shine as the light of Jesus Christ to our friends, family, neighbours and strangers through all we do and say this month. As Jesus teaches us in His sermon on the mount: "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven". Amen! (Matthew 5:14-16)
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.
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.