That was great.
I was once in church when the minister said:
"I am sorry to say that last Wednesday I had to abandon one of the elders and a whole load of kids at Heaven's Gate while I went for help",
What you need to know is that about three miles from that church is a place called Heaven's Gate. Two elders and twelve kids had walked to a sausage sizzle (US weeny roast?) but the minister had driven there to arrange things for their arrival.
After cooking, their fire got beyond control and set affire the scrubland around.
The minister grabbed two kids and drove for three miles to get help, hence his quote. All were ok.
The church applauded and laughed when the minister realised what he had saiud.