A team from Navigators of Faith were at St Illtyd’s Church, Ilston on Sunday to celebrate their pilgrimage and to share the stories of why they are undertaking this sailing marathon around the coastline of Britain.
They are following in the footsteps of the Celtic saints who used the waterways of Britain to spread the Gospel message.
It was a joyous evening of learning and celebrating the saints together with people from across Gower and the seafarers themselves. We shared in communion in a medieval church that can trace its roots back to an early monastic cell and we learned more about St Illtyd and Gower’s Saint Cenydd from Margaret Body of Llangennith,.
Fr Tim Ardouin and Leslie Shiels from Llanridian provided some fitting music for the occasion and we shared in refreshments together and shared each other’s stories.
They presented the church with a Bible in the cover of which was a cross of Saint Bride…however attached to this gift there was a challenge.
Each church they visit will be presented with a similar cross and the plan is for these crosses to make a journey across Britain to arrive at York for Easter 2019. Volunteers to be modern day pilgrims and carry this cross through Wales to its destination are more than welcome.
Navigators of Faith have set out on their round-Britain expedition. The adventure began on May 10th 2018 when the boat set out from Bristol docks after an initial event in Hotwells Church, with Howard Worsley, Andy Carnegie and their crew planning to trace the sea routes, landing places and influences of the early Celtic Christian saints. You can find out more here.
Rev Canon Peter Brooks