Excitement builds for major conference - Bible by the Beach

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AN ARCHBISHOP, a professor, a leading human rights campaigner – and a ‘muppeteer’ behind the long-running TV series Sesame Street are among those topping the bill at a major Christian conference shortly.

Greg Venables, until recently Anglican Archbishop of much of South America, will be joining John Lennox, an Oxford University professor and trenchant opponent of Richard Dawkins, as well as House of Lords cross-bencher Baroness Caroline Cox and a formidable array of other speakers at this year’s “Bible By The Beach” event in Eastbourne from April 29 to May 2.

Also appearing will be Camille B. Kampouris, who was one of Jim Henson’s Muppeteers for twelve years, and who appeared on Sesame Street for ten seasons. Camille, whose Sesame Street credits included characters such as Bossy the Cow, Countess von Backwards and “Polly Darton,” will be sharing something of her Christian faith with conference-goers having been personally invited by the Bishop of Lewes, Rt Revd Wallace Benn, who is said to be an enthusiastic fan.

More than 1,000 Christians from across the country as well as local Sussex churches are expected at “Bible By The Beach” – the acclaimed weekend teaching and worship event which continues to grow in reputation and public awareness as it prepares to enter its third successful year with the theme “Resurrection People.”

“The heartbeat of this event is excellent Bible teaching, lively worship, informative and helpful seminars, as well as a youth and children’s stream that enables entire families to come for the weekend and enjoy the whole experience,” says Revd David Bourne, vicar of St Mary’s, Hailsham, and chairman of the event leadership team.

Among those also taking a leading role at the weekend are: prolific Christian song-writer and hymn composer Stuart Townend; internationally-renowned speaker Rico Tice from All Soul’s, Langham Place, one of the Church of England’s biggest congregations; Andrew Wilson, an elder from King’s Church, Eastbourne; R. Kent Hughes, a well-known American speaker and author of books such as Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome and Disciplines of a Godly Man; and Bishop of Lewes, Wallace Benn, who has exercised both a global and local ministry.

Seminar subjects will include science and faith; marriage; the resurrection; the King James Bible; prayer; time-management; the suffering church; singleness; and communicating the Christian message.

On the Sunday evening (May 1) local churches will join with conference-goers for a special evening celebration at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne at which Rico Tice, Baroness Cox and Camille Kampouris will all be speaking.