Picture of nb Sola Gratia moored up, with the First Mate (Tracey) and Oakley on the towpath

NB Sola Gratia - Cruising and Ministry


Boaters' Christian Fellowship


Discover more about the Boaters' Christian Fellowship (BCF).

We have been members of the Boaters' Christian Fellowship (BCF) since late 2008, even though we did not have a boat. Boat ownership is not a condition of membership; just an interest in the Inland Waterways. The BCF is not a Ministry in itself, but a Fellowship.

In 2011, Tracey took on the editorship of the magazine, and in 2013 Tim became Publicity Officer. However, following the deterioration in Tracey's eyesight, we now do both jobs as a team effort - Tracey edits the words, and Tim does the layout and design.

From the outset, we enjoyed representing the BCF at events around the network, helping to run stalls, lead services and generally "fly the flag". Before moving afloat, our ability to do this was limited, because Worthing was a long way from most of them. Now we are living aboard, we are in a better position to attend more events, but we are still learning how long it takes to travel from one place to another!

For 2018, during our cruising ministry we plan to attend:

  • Crick Boat Show
    26-28 May Bank Holiday Weekend
  • Ellesmere Mission
    28 Jul - 5 Aug
  • Black Country Boating Festival, Netherton
    14-16 Sep
  • Tipton Canal Festival
    21-23 Sep

Our cruising plans remain flexible within these dates. At present, we have not decided where we will spend winter 2018/9.




The blessing of the Good Ship at the annual BCF barbecue.

BCF gathering at the annual barbecue at "The Taft".
The Good Ship was blessed in 2014 to
commission her for the waterways.


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