Nautical adventurers set to follow saints around Britain

November 04 2017
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DESPITE the fact that Wells is an inland city, that does not mean it is not home to any sailors.

The underground waters here are well known across the land, as is the cathedral.

On May 10, 2018, a Wells inhabitant, the Rev Dr Howard Worsley, will be chartering a sloop that will leave the port of Bristol and travel up the river Avon, heading out to sea to circumnavigate the British Isles.

“This is a voyage of discovery and of Christian adventure that invites other people to accompany the boat for different sea legs and to set up events around the country over a period of three months,” said Howard.

He is married to Bishop Ruth, the Bishop of Taunton, and she will send the ship off with a blessing on Ascension Day.

The ship will be revisiting the sites of those early Celtic Christians who first set out to bring the Christian message to these islands. The project is calling itself ‘Navigators of Faith’ and the ship will be calling in to Wales (St David), Ireland (St Patrick), Scotland (St Columba and St Brenda), and then on round to England again (St Augustine etc).

“Right now I am busy arranging the ship’s sea route, gathering sponsorship and organising events on shore where the boat will call in to have public conversations about the Celtic saints,” said Howard.

“My interest is to write a book based on this voyage that retells the stories of those 6th century saints from a 21st century perspective.”

In ports where they are invited, larger public events will be held. Elsewhere, smaller conversations, ‘table talks’, will take place, bringing together specific groups to discuss the Celtic Christian message and spirituality involving diverse groups that will include interfaith, LGBTQI, men and women, and various levels of clergy and the laity.

“Our intention is to cover the diverse nature of modern Britain, recording them to form a video diary that is attractive to a mainstream broadcaster,” said Howard.

Anyone who is interested in the project is invited to check the website and consider joining the ship for a sea leg, or sponsoring the trip.