After mystery 2011 cancellation, Sheringham beach mission is back

A long-running town beach mission is coming back this year - after mysteriously ending for a year.

Sheringham Beach Mission 2011 was cancelled, with Scripture Union only saying it was for 'various reasons'. The move caused disappointment among parents and children.

Now, five Sheringham churches have united to organise a new beach mission, which will be called Sheringham Beach Life.

The event will run from August 28-31, which is considerably shorter than previous two-week missions.

According to Sheringham Baptist Church youth pastor The Rev Pete Skivington, the dates were chosen to avoid a clash with Sheringham Carnival, Cromer Beach Mission and a Christian festival at the Norfolk Showground called New Day.

He said: 'For various reasons last year it didn't happen. But both Scripture Union and the churches wanted something to happen and we decided it was a shame that it missed a year.

'The churches have pulled together to make sure there's a mission in Sheringham this year. It's exciting for us all to work together to make this happen.'

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Beach Life is the work of Sheringham Churches Together, which comprises the Baptist church, St Andrew's Methodist, the Salvation Army, St Peter's Anglican church and New Wine.

Mr Skivington said: 'We want Beach Life to be an integral part of what goes on throughout the rest of the year. The core team will be people from the local churches, but the opportunity is available for people to volunteer to join the team from further afield.'

He said the churches hoped to build on year one to make it a 'fixture' for future years.

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