11 August 2018 – Howard’s Blog

Finding the Celtic Saints at Polzeath

Today Caz and I travelled by motorbike from Wells to Polzeath in order to celebrate an event that was advertised as ‘Navigators of Faith….What can our modern living learn from our Celtic past?’

 We met at the ‘Tubestation’…..a fresh expression Methodist Church that particularly celebrates its links with the surfing community at Polzeath (hence the ‘tube’).

 It was a lovely event with local Christian Dr Mike Kent offering a powerpoint presentation  reflecting on the host of Celtic saints in Cornwall. Both Caz and I presented with reflections from our sea voyage. We then followed this up by an interesting group conversation that considered the implications on engaging with mission today.

 My particular joy was to meet up with Geoff and Louise Waters and their daughters Naomi and Hannah. Unbeknown to me, Rev Geoff and Louise (pictured) had been at our commissioning service for Navigators of Faith on 10 May at Hotwells in Bristol. It had deeply connected with their own storyline since Geoff had trained at Trinity College long ago when Louise was looking after the college nursery. He is an Enterprise dingy sailor (like me) and had noted that we would be arriving at Polzeath tonight. Together they have been following our progress and scheduled this event as the beginning of their holiday. What lovely people. We feel affirmed by their love and interest.

 Tonight we also met some amazing Christian people who are finding ways to make links with modern society and who are keen to learn from the early Celts who first brought the gospel to our shores. They also fed us and looked after us. Thank you Alistair (minister at the Tube) and Helena and Anne who hosted us royally as we came in wet and steaming from our long motorbike ride.