Paddle Round The Pier
Brighton Beach Festival –Paddle Round the Pier 2010
Christian Surfers was again this year offered space at the annual paddle round the pier. Not only was this our second year at the beach festival, but festival organisers asked us to do a beach service as well on Sunday morning!
The exhibition this year saw more visitors at the stand than last year, many travelling Christians and local church attendees. The surf relief advertising also drew more interest as a new feature of the exhibition. Thanks to Jo who came down from Bristol to help, and local CS Brighton crew who also came along and helped like Mark, Dave and their families and Asher. It was great to meet some of the locals again and renew friendships.
As part of the festival through my work with the Methodists in Brighton and Hove, we rewarded students who were raising funds for charity as part of the paddle round the pier. This also includes pictures and an article in the next Methodist Recorders hopefully.Thanks to Heather, Emily and Katy. Onshore conditions made the paddle bumpy but fun was had by all.
The most exciting part of the weekend was the beach service on the Sunday morning organised by Beyond who put together an amazing surfer/non-church service which remained as a fixed sculpture throughout the day for the public to interact with it. Thanks to Martin and his crew for the brilliant ideas and work. Using Shawn Thompson’s surfers code as a responsive reading was just genius!
A great event and a great opportunity! Thanks to Phil for driving the CS Tent up and down for us to use...you a legend Phil and thanks to Dorset Gardens Methodist Church for the sponsorships and allowing us to store CS gear. May all the conversations that will be had about faith and God as a result of this weekend begin and continue.