Saturday, 23 April 2016

A Young People's Bible Study Day In London

We set off around 8am this morning for a day out in London.
Usually our days in London involve sightseeing, or a trip to the West End, but today it was for a young people's Bible study day.
I hadn't realised quite how close to the city centre we would be until we found ourselves almost next to The Shard.
This building caught our eye...with turbines at the top, no doubt to generate some amazing!
The Elephant and Castle name has always amused me, but have I have never been there so was even more amused to see an Elephant and Castle statue!
We were assured it would be possible to find a parking space near the little church  and to our surprise we did just that...with just a short walk through a tunnel, which was a rather novel experience for us.
The day was split into three study sessions of 50minutes, with two coffee breaks, lunch and a question and answer session at the end.
At the coffee break we were supplied with cheese and crackers of various sorts, dips and carrot batons etc, traybakes and a choice of drinks.
Lunch was fajitas with plenty of choice for fillings and more desserts than I can list.
However...lunch nearly didn't happen!
We experienced a very traumatic event.
Part way through the second session there was an almighty bang from the kitchen, which temporarily blew out the hatch area along with billows of smoke!
I gasped out loud and for a few seconds quietness fell on the church hall.
A few people then ran out to the kitchen and the speaker caught his breath then carried on with his teaching.
I wasn't sure if anyone was in the kitchen, but the smell of burnt hair started to worry me.
Within minutes paramedics arrived followed by the fire brigade!
We were sat right at the back, by an open door so were able to see the events unfolding.
We still had no idea if the person inside was alive...and I was seriously thinking the worst...especially as we heard no scream or crying after the explosion.
However....we eventually saw a young lady walk out, with her arms in the air and face covered.
She was taken to St Thomas's and the last we heard, although her face took the full force of the gas explosion, she had her sight and it was not expected to cause any lasting problems.
We hope and pray this is the case.
We aren't 100% sure what happened, but believe the open window blew the gas hob out and she went to light it, unaware the kitchen had filled with gas.
Very frightening indeed and no doubt some health and safety rules will be put in place.
We are thankful this did not turn out to be as catastrophic as it could have been.
I must say, it was a very hard half an hour, being someone who spends a lot of time at a church kitchen, that could so easily have been me.
My hat goes off to the speaker who kept his calm and of course prayed for the unfolding events, not knowing what was actually going on the doors to his side.
Lots of planning would have gone into making today such a success, in many one could have imagined how differently the day turned out for one on thankful we are that the Lord does know and preserves us.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman and we will be eagerly awaiting updates.
Because we knew things were not expected to be as bad as we had imagined, we were able to enjoy the lovely drive was a beautiful evening and the Commons we drove through were lovely.
It is good to be home!
Daily Blessing
Saturday April 23, 2016
Today's Verse:
   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

1 comment:

  1. How awful for you all. Not at all what you would expect.. We will pray that all will be well.xxxx