Eight of the young people from our Central congregation, along with four enthusiastic helpers, recently visited our house in France, for a weekend.
The trip started on the Friday evening when the young people and their group leaders boarded the overnight ferry in Portsmouth, and settled into their cabins for the journey to France. Arriving bright and early in Caen on Saturday morning, they travelled the hour or so drive to Le Vay, our house in the north of France.
What followed was two days filled with fun activities, shared meals (and the odd glass of non-alcoholic bubbly!), as well as time to chill out together and bond as a group.
The young people soon pitched in with the daily task of caring for the animals on the property, helping to scatter food for the chickens and gather any eggs that had been laid. They also got to see the tiny, newly born lambs that had recently arrived!
After they'd collected firewood for a bonfire, the young people (with a little help from some of the adults) constructed a roaring blaze to keep everyone warm as they sat in Le Vay's beautiful grounds.
There was also opportunity during the weekend to bake delicious treats in Le Vay's kitchen, and it was the young people who teamed up to lead everyone in a special time of worship, playing guitars, keyboards and other instruments, and leading singing.
To mark the weekend, the group planted an apple tree in the grounds of Le Vay, sharing all the hard work of digging, transporting soil, and planting; a great team effort. The tree would be a permanent marker of the time they had enjoyed at Le Vay, and would be something that future generations could enjoy and benefit from.
Thanks especially go to Amanda and Michael Thom for hosting the visit, and to Carolyn and Nicco Chart and Flora and Ben Hinks for organising and supervising it.