Posted: July 2016
A coach carrying our young people for the 53rd year of our German youth exchange, was part of the virtual 12 mile car park surrounding the port of Dover last weekend. Leaving church at 7.30am on Saturday, they didn't arrive at their Daun (pronounced Down) Sports Club hosts until 1.30pm on Sunday — an 18 hour delay! A steady flow of text messages kept parents and hosts up-to-date.
The youngsters and their leaders Steve and Viv Kemp and Dawn Wright played lots of games to while away the time. Hours after they were due to be in Daun, they were playing UNO sat on the fast lane of the A20. So much for risk assessments!
Food and drinks ran out so Steve and daughter Ailsa "set out like intrepid travellers" to find supplies via a slip road they had passed. "We are a bit worried that we might move and lose them" texted Dawn but the increased French security checks and chronic under-staffing ensured that that was not a problem! Sandwiches and pasta were duly delivered and the police brought round water supplies.
The Saturday morning ferry crossing became a 4.45am Sunday one instead! What a story they will have to tell!
For more details on what is the UK's longest running youth exchange, click here.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Ken considers the Prince of Peace and Isaiah 9:6.6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of...
David leads us towards Advent with Luke's account of the birth of Christ and its meaning — Luke 2:8-11.8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news...
Richard speaks about Jesus being the way, the truth and the life and John 14:5-6. Jesus the Way to the Father5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through...
Community centre - Cards for Good Causes: 30 local and national charities