Hundreds attend Sheringham BeachLife outreach
2018: The BeachLife activity outreach for children and young people on Sheringham cliff top and beach at the end of August was another huge success, attracting around 300 children and young people. Tony Rothe reports.
This was the seventh successive summer that Sheringham 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 mornings, all the events took place as planned, and there was a good deal of sunshine during the week. This year, for the first time, there was a pop-up café offering free teas and coffees to parents of the children who were attending.
Peter Skivington, one of the organisers said: “There are nearly 60 volunteers on the team, and it’s great to see how so many different people from the town’s churches work together as a great team to share the Good News 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 Mega-Makers, based on Scripture Union holiday club material. The gunge tank featured again this year, with at least one leader getting covered in slime 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, sand modelling, junk boat making and racing, beach games and giant inflatables. 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 and swimming at the local Splash pool.
Peter continued: “We’ve had a fabulous week, with the opportunity to impact around 300 young lives with the message that Jesus loves them and cares about them. That has to be worth celebrating”
Next year’s outreach will run from Tuesday August 27 to Friday August 30, 2019. 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 Wednesday 31 October, and another “BeachLife Extra” Fun Day during the February half term.
Photos are courtesy of Gareth Gabriel Film and Photo http://filmand.photo
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