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Friday, 18 April 2014

Missionaries join Walney beach litter pick

A BAND of Norwegian missionaries braved brutal coastal weather to clean up a beach during a flying visit to the area.

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HELPING TO TIDY THE AREA: Norwegian missionaries braved the wet weather to take part in a litter pick in Earnse Bay, Walney. The group are in Barrow until tomorrow as part of a church project to forge links with Norway JOSH VOSPER REF: 50030094B000

A group of 17 young people and five youth leaders from Norway were soaked to the skin during a litter pick in Earnse Bay, Walney,
yesterday.

Their trip was organised by youth minister Roar Hallesby Evjedal and his wife Ingvilid, who came to live in Barrow from their native Norway three years ago through a partnership agreement with Carlisle Diocese.

Together, they founded Pulse, a youth church for the whole of Barrow, part of the Church of England.

They invited missionaries and young people to the town to continue the link between Furness and Norway, stimulating interest in religion among children and teenagers.

The clean-up was organised as part of a range of activities the group has taken part in since its arrival in the town on Saturday.

Young people from churches in Barrow and Ulverston gathered at South Lakes Wild Animal Park on Sunday, for an event called Zoosed, where they met with the Norwegian visitors.

Leif Inge, 27, the group’s leader, said: “It has been a great visit.

“We have learnt a lot about the local area. Everyone is in high spirits.

“The weather is not so bad, it’s about the same as Norway. We’re used to it.”

The young people, who range from 16 to 19, then visited St Mark’s Church, in Buccleuch Street, Barrow to deliver a dramatic arts workshop as part of Pulse’s project The Flare.

They return to Norway tomorrow.

Pastor Hallesby Evjedal said: “When you are part of a church you are already part of an international community, but it is good to get a perspective of how to be part of a church in another country.

“I think they have enjoyed the visit.”

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