Hello everyone back home!! I wanted to start by saying we all miss you so much and hope you all had a great Sunday!! Our Sunday started by all 17 of us venturing to Saint Peter’s church for Morning Prayer. The service was very cool because it was unlike anything any of us had experienced before, except for Father Bob of course ;) haha! We stayed after for coffee and biscuits with the members of the congregation. Our group doubled the amount of people in attendance and according to one of the members of the church, we lowered the average age of the people in the church by 30 years! As we walked out, we noticed there were sheep (baaahhhhh)!! We went over the fence to the overgrown lawn to try and get closer to the sheep, however, when Megan approached the sheep, they ran away in fright but they were still cute from a distance!
Following the service, we traveled to Tolpuddle where we learned about the six Tolpuddle martyrs. We stopped at the museum honoring these six men because we learned about the importance of standing up for what you believe in.
Next, we traveled back to Salisbury for tea time! We went to the cutest cafe right outside the Cathedral with amazing views of it. A few of us tried the traditional cream tea and it was delicious! (P.S. Mom, this is Anna. I tried the tea and I actually liked it! However, I put more milk than tea into my cup and added three sugar cubes hehe). After taking the break for tea and other refreshments, we split into our groups to discuss about things we thought needed to be changed for the last few days of our trip such as more bonding time! All in all, it was really good we all got to discuss in our separate groups before coming back together because it allowed us to acknowledge things that everyone agreed with.
Next, we took a very short drive to Saint Paul’s for our Eucharist. The church was so cute because they had lots of string lights and the chairs were set up in a way that we were not used to. As soon as we walked in, we were immediately welcomed by the members of the church. The youth group introduced themselves before we all sat down for our service. The service was full of a lot of music and reflection and it was a very interesting experience to say the least. Following the service, the church served dinner which was white sticky rice and vegetarian curry. It was tasty! Probably our favorite part of the day came next! All of us kids go to go to a separate room to hang out with all of the kids in the youth group! We played pool, talked about sports, ate pudding, and took pictures! Sadly, we did not get to stay very long as we were far away from the Privett Centre.
Our bus ride home was so beautiful because we got to see the sunset over the vast farmland. It was a great ending to a great day getting to see all of God’s beauty. We arrived home and said our evening prayers before enjoying more bonding time together. I know we were all so thankful for this day and for all of the little blessings we got to see today whether it was seeing the cutest dog named Poppy, yummy ice cream from The Bell Tower Cafe, or getting to hang out with other kids our age. By this time tomorrow, we will be preparing for Peter’s Birthday!
Since he cannot see this, I will mention what we are doing for him! He had a large 1.5 liter water bottle that he lost so Grace bought him a new one along with a very fashionable shirt from the very British store called New Look. We are making ice cream sundaes as well for his birthday dessert! I am sure you all will hear more about it in the next few days but as for now, God Bless and I hope all is well back home! We love you and wish everyone a good night!
~Anna and Megan P. and Grace
We are young people on a spiritual journey that began five years ago. We are members of Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. These ten days in England, France, and Belgium are a culmination of our study of the Christian faith. We are on a pilgrimage of exploration and discernment as we approach the sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall.