The John Bunyan Community boat is to receive a multi faith blessing in Bedford.
The 30 minute service will take place at Sovereigns Quay at 5pm on Sunday, October 20 and visitors are welcome.
It will be conducted by Rev Cass Howes, Co-Chair of the Bedford Council of Faiths and Chaplain to the University of Bedford, and the Rev Chris Damp, Minister at the John Bunyan Meeting place.
There will be some short readings and prayers from the various faith leaders, Hindu, Sikhs, Islam, Christians and the Jewish community, after which paper petals will be placed on the boat, along with paper garlands from the faith readers.
The John Bunyan Hymn - He Who Would Valiant Be will be sung and the University of Bedford Professor Bob Owens will read a paragraph about John Bunyan.
Graham Mabbutt, chair of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, who own and operate the boat said: “I am delighted that this is a multi-faith blessing and reflects the diversity of the communities in Bedford and the importance of the John Bunyan as a community boat.”
Since its launch in July it has carried nearly 3,000 passengers and will continue to cruise the River Great Ouse in Bedford until Christmas.