This was the third successive summer that BeachLife
has taken place, and each year the event has built on the success of the previous year. It is a joint venture by the churches in Sheringham
, aimed at engaging with local youngsters, as well as holidaymakers.
The activities kicked off each day with 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 “Meeting Jesus
”. Popular features included “More Tea Vicar?” and the “Musical Medlay”, and six of the team, as well as town mayor Patricia Brooks
, took part in the Ice Bucket challenge on the Friday. The children and young people then split into age-groups for their “Going Deeper” sessions to explore that day’s theme in more depth before breaking for lunch.
The afternoons comprised of beach sports, beach sculptures, a bouldering wall, the return of the popular “egg parachute” challenge, and the construction of a huge BeachLife logo on the beach using flints (pictured above
). The week was rounded off with a carnival-themed afternoon with barbecue on the Friday, and the Leas resounded with laughter as hundreds of children and young people and their families enjoyed Jamie Jolly’s Ministry of Fun
, with circus activities, sumo suits, space-hoppers, two bouncy castles, a coconut shy and a special visit by the “Mad Science
Evening activities for young people included a quiz night, tide fight on the beach, with chips, treasure hunt, and a “Sheropoly” trail around the town, all of which were well attended.
“Once again, we have had a great time engaging with hundreds of kids and young people” said Richard Allen
, co-ordinator of the event. “We had large numbers of children and young people having a huge amount of fun whilst finding out more about God. Feedback has been extremely positive, with many people asking when next year’s BeachLife would be. We have a great team from the various churches in Sheringham, all working together to make this happen.”
Next year’s outreach will run from Tuesday August 25
to Friday 28 2015
. 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 Friday October 31
, and another “BeachLife Extra
” activity day on Friday February 20 2015
for more pictures, and for more information about future events.
Photos are courtesy of Gareth Gabriel : www.AngelusMedia.co.uk