Sheringham Youth Pastor becomes a Reverend
2012 : Youth Pastor Peter Skivington was ordained last Sunday morning (4 March) at Sheringham Baptist Church, where he is now the Youth Pastor.
Peter with his family - wife Jenny and children Cameron and Isaac, arrived at the church in September 2010 to take up the post of youth worker.
Since their arrival the youth group has grown, meeting on Wednesdays to explore the bible, and on Fridays for the youth club. He has worked with the church’s children’s worker to develop a thriving after school club, called “School’s Out” on Fridays, and Jenny has started “Gospel Voices”, a youth gospel choir.
Peter also leads a lunchtime discussion group, called “Faithbook” at Sheringham High School, as well as holding mentoring sessions at the school.
Last Sunday was a recognition of Peter’s responsibilities at the church, as he was ordained by Rev Richard Lewis, the Baptist Regional Minister. The church was packed to capacity as Pastor Bryan Pickard introduced the guests, including the town’s mayor, Doug Smith, and started the meeting with lively worship, led by the church’s youth band, with children playing tambourines and waving flags. The guest speaker was Nick Blanch from Oak Grove chapel in Norwich, Pete and Jenny’s previous church. The morning concluded with a buffet lunch.
“We have made clear that, as a church, we want to share God’s love in the community”, said Peter after the service. “My role is simply part of that mission, reaching out to the young people of Sheringham, to get alongside and show that Jesus cares for them, is relevant, and can make a difference to their lives”.
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