Sheringham BeachLife outreach attracts bumper crowds
2017: The BeachLife activity outreach for children and young people on Sheringham cliff top and beach at the end of August was another great success, which attracted well over 200 children and young people. Tony Rothe reports.
This was the sixth successive summer that BeachLife has taken place, and each year the event has built on the success of the previous years. It is a joint venture by the churches in Sheringham, aimed at engaging with local youngsters as well as holidaymakers. Despite wet weather on one of the days, all the events took place as planned, and there was a good deal of sunshine during the week.
A team member said: “There are nearly 60 volunteers on the team, and we work as a great team to share the Good News of Jesus with the youngsters in the glorious setting of the clifftops and beach in Sheringham”.
The activities each day included the “Beach Special”, where all ages came together at the cliff-top marquee on The Leas for music, games, drama and fun, and to introduce the day’s theme, which this year was Streetwise. A popular feature this year was the gunge tank, with at least one leader getting “gunged” each day.
The mornings also included the “Going Deeper” sessions where the children and young people split into age-groups to explore that day’s theme in more depth before breaking for lunch.
The afternoons comprised a family tide fight, junk modelling, the egg parachute challenge, treasure hunts, and giant inflatables, which included an assault course, demolition ball, and Sumo suits. The week was rounded off with a family picnic on the Friday. Evening activities for young people included the return of the popular “Sheropoly” trail around the town, beach games, and swimming at the local Splash pool, all of which were well attended.
Peter Skivington, one of the leaders, said: “We’ve had a fabulous week, with the opportunity to impact over 200 young lives with the message that Jesus loves them and cares about them. That has to be worth celebrating”
Next year’s outreach is expected to run from Tuesday August 28 to Friday August 31 2018. But Sheringham youngsters will not have to wait until next summer to continue the fun, as the team are already planning for a Light Party on Tuesday October 31, and another “BeachLife Extra” Fun Day on Friday February 16 during half term.
For more information, and to see a video of the action, visit www.sheringhambeachlife.co.uk
For a 360 degree video of the tide fight, go to https://youtu.be/uLP62w2N83s
Photos are courtesy of Gareth Gabriel at Digital ink Ltd https://digitalink.media
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