Nailsea Skate Festival
Planning for this year’s 9th Nailsea Skate fest took place months ago but as the date got closer it appeared that the weather for this event was not going to be kind for the organisers. The organisers, Christian Surfers in partnership with the local community church, Holy Trinity and Trendlewood churches, and the team, combined to put on what has become a very popular event, which each year gets larger and larger.
When the event started in it’s first year it was as a response to the diocese of Bath and Wells, who gave each church and amount of money to invest in the community as part of the ‘Jubilee’ fund. Youth group leaders Phil and Annie Williams and their youth group decided to invest in a new event for the recently opened skate Park, and found other groups in the church who were happy to support the vision. Ever since then the parish has been heavily involved in this, with numerous helpers involved in planning, prayer, and delivery of an first-class community event on the day. It's been a real opener into a community, and God has blessed us in so many ways, stepping out from ‘traditional’ church.
This year’s event was scheduled for the 9th July and for the previous 8 years there has not been one drop of rain that has fallen during the contest, although it is fair to say that there has been heavy rain before and indeed afterwards (That’s either co-incidence, or if you have a faith we believe God was shining down on us!)
The organisers really believe this is a result of God’s grace and were praying for a similar result this year. The event has become very well know in the town and hundreds of spectators come out not just to watch the skate based activities but also to get involved with live music as well as DJ’s and entertainment for the family. The categories for the event continues to grow with this year skateboarding, rollerblading, scootering and BMX all involved.
Saturday morning dawned with the rain teeming down, but the good news was by 9am it had stopped, however 9.30am the organisers continued to pray as the rain once again began to fall. However God is a good God and by 12 noon the rain had stopped the sun poking through and it turned out to be a fantastic afternoon, with bright blue sky, sunshine, warm winds and a packed park. A massive thanks to God for answered prayers and equally important a massive thanks to the 100+ helpers that all got involved in order to put on a great event for the community. For the first time this year we had a group called ‘Simply Street’, a dance troop from Nailsea and this brought a good new section of the community out to see them perform live.
The event gives the team a great opportunity to bring ‘Church out of Church’, to serve the community, build relationships, and through the testimony spot (Just before the presentation) to share something of what a living relationship with God is all about. Some great conversations, and Skaters Bibles, as well as trophies and prizes were handed out to the winners.
So once again a massive thanks to all involved, particularly a massive thanks to God for once again providing fantastic weather and for all the sponsors this year that consisted of Shiner, Sharkbite, Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea Community Trust, Holy Trinity and Trendlewood Churches, Waitrose, Diocese of Bath and Wells, Gillys, and Quartet. Plans are already underway for next year and the 10th Anniversary event which should be very exciting and hopefully the biggest yet. It is planned for Bank holiday Monday, August 27th 2012.
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Phil Williams (Contest Director)