A team of eight young people and six adultsfrom St Philips spent 6 days in Prague in April 2009 accommodated in Common Grounds church with co-pastor Daniel Hejzlar

Below are the E mails the team sent.

We have had a full programme that has taken us all around Prague, not only the sights of Charles Bridge and the castle, but also the more mundane and normal sight of massive tower blocks in the districts. 

Last night we joined in with Czech young people in a youth programme in the centre of Prague. This was a youth club conducted in English to encourage participation by young people looking to improve their English skills. We sang songs, played games and Jim provided any epilogue. 

Today we are in Terazin, the old fortress used by the Nazis as a transit camp for Jews. It is a sobering place and the full horror of the holocaust is a difficult issue for our young people to comprehend. 

Tonight we meet with another youth group, Saturday we hike in the woods and on Sunday we are booked in at least 3 churches! Never a dull moment. 

Pray for our stamina, toleration and that we all absorb the lessons learned. 

Friday 17 April 2009:
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Weds 15 April 2009:
Just a quick message to say that we have arrived and everyone is well. No problems with the flight and we had a boat tour yesterday evening to set the mood.

We are staying at the Church in Revinice about a half hour from Prague by train. So far we have travelled on tram, train, metro, bus and boat! I think that will be the pattern for the week.

Alan is staying with Daniel so doesn't have the trauma of 8 teenage girls wanting a shower in the morning!

The weather is fantastic so far and today we are exploring the city before meeting with young people this evening. We expect to be walking a fair bit today and enjoying the sunshine, and the walking as well of course!

The church is a large house that used to belong to the Finance Minister of the old communist government, real irony there.

We will try and keep you up to date as the week goes on.


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