Record numbers attend Sheringham BeachLife outreach
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 320 children and young people, which is more than ever before. Tony Rothe reports.
This was the eighth 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. Feedback from parents and children has been very positive and encouraging.
The activities each day included the “Beach Special”, where all ages came together at the cliff-top marquee on The Leas for music, silly games, drama and challenges, and to introduce the day’s theme, which this year was Epic Explorers. The gunge tank featured again this year, with one of the leaders 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. There was also a pop-up café offering free teas and coffees to parents of the children who were attending.
The afternoons comprised a family tide fight, a beach sculpture of the BeachLife logo, the egg parachute challenge, outdoor games and giant inflatables. The week was rounded off with a beach scavenger hunt 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 Skivington, from the organising team, said “We’ve had a fabulous week, with the opportunity to impact well over 300 young lives with the message that Jesus loves them and cares about them. That has to be worth celebrating. There are around 60 volunteers on the team, all working together as a great team to share the Good News with the youngsters in the glorious setting of the clifftops and beach in Sheringham.”
Next year’s outreach is expected to run during the last week of the summer holidays again, starting on September 1. Sheringham youngsters will not have to wait until next summer to continue the fun, however, as the team are already starting to plan an event on October 31, and another during February half-term.
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