Here you will find news and information about two churches we are linked with in Kerzenheim, a small village in the Palatinate area of Germany.
Our church has been linked with Kerzenheim, a small village in the Palatinate area of Germany, since 1979. The ministers of the two churches wished to contribute to reconciliation between their countries and were put in touch as part of a growing relationship between their national churches dating from the 1950s. To begin with, exchange visits were held between parties of young people. On the visit of Wilmslow to Kerzenheim, then Wilmslow minister Fred Noden baptised the infant son of their minister, Herman Bart. These exchanges were so successful that adults joined in and for about six years annual visits were held. Although the visits are less often now, lasting friendships between Wilmslow and Kerzenheim families have been made and many informal contacts take place. We have watched the young people grow up, marry and have families. The language barrier has never been a problem mainly because many of the Germans speak almost perfect English. The occasional slip, as when our German friends have said in all sincerity to their hosts, “Thank you for your hostility,” has only added to the fun!