Reflections from the boat – Annie Gurner

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, 
they will not sweep over you.

Navigators of Faith seems particularly to be about two things

  • engaging with the people God puts in our path – to listen to what God is doing in their lives and to bring a Celtic, missionary spirituality to bear
  • sailing our beautiful coastal waters in community and in union with the created world.

So what could be more delightful than sharing the fresh vision and joy of Jason and Lindsay in their ministry through the Apostolic Hope Church and Hope Ships in Newlyn. And also sharing breakfast and Morning Prayer with them and little Barnabas on Friday. God Bless you all richly….

Also a joy to talk with the crew on Moody, moored alongside; to hear Keith’s views on mission in the church and the importance of acknowledging the ‘transformative power of Jesus’. Safe last sail, Nicki and Keith…

My abiding impression as we sailed past Sennen Cove and Land’s End was the way Rival Star handles all the sea currents and conflicting winds – the confused sea of the hymn we sing every morning, and once we turned North she was so fleet, that it was such a joy to be allowed the wheel. Gannets and guillemots wheeled about us and the rigging sang.

Later on that day as the wind increased to force six and then seven and squalls made life a great deal more interesting, Rival Star took it all in her stride. In that night as she sped along but rolling in the increasingly rough seas, with Andy’s sure and cheerful skippering, I had the great sense that we were held in the hand of God. Occasionally waking to see what was needed, I would find Andy asleep briefly and Rival Star sailing confidently, swiftly, through the moonlit night.

The much maligned Thornycroft was only needed for the tricky approach to Ilfracombe harbour, the entrance overlooked by the astonishing sculpture by Damien Hurst: Verity – an allegory of justice and truth – a huge bronze pregnant woman balancing scales and a sword, and standing on old legal tomes.  I wonder just how many the Navigators of Faith have nurtured over this last quarter? And what might they yet spawn over the coming months and years?

There was no easy berth for us in this pretty tidal harbour – only the shelter of a high wall and the welcome of a smiling harbour mistress; plus the prospect (after Andy skilfully propping the yacht) of sleep and breakfast (in Adele’s café of course!) then reunion for Adele, Jester and Andy in time for his birthday and a promised welcome from Jim and Pip’s church on Sunday.

Who will be there to greet Rival Star at Weston as she returns from this voyage of Hope and Christian Adventure on Monday? The Wild Goose for certain..…

Thank you, generous hearts, Carnegies.