Waterways Chaplaincy

The Christian ministry of a volunteer Waterways Chaplain is to be pastorally proactive and spiritually reactive in the boating community. We work to build up relationships and be part of the lives of all those we meet. Many value having  someone to listen and someone to talk issues through with to try to find a way forward.

Chaplains share in the good and bad times and are supportive and encouraging of all, regardless of religion, orientation or race. They support people of all faiths and none and are happy to discuss spiritual and practical matters if invited to do so.


Vanessa Layfield, Engagement and Inclusion Officer at the Dicoese of Chester, visits Nantwich Marina to find out what it means to be a Waterways Chaplain.


Examples of help given on the waterways

  • Bags of coal
  • Trips to local Foodbank
  • Chaplains own food parcels
  • Support/ intermediary through dealings with Authorities e.g. CaRT, Local Councils, benefit claims
  • Help with laundry
  • Coffee and a chat
  • Calling out an engineer through our retainer account with River Canal Rescue (RCR)
  • Parts for a breakdown e.g. batteries
  • Boat blessings
  • Sleeping bags
  • Funeral Services
  • Administration help e.g. cruising logs, printing out claim forms, draft letters
  • Help with travelling to Dr’s, offices, for fuel etc

Find out more abou the Waterways Chaplaincy here: 


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