Sacred space on the beach

Wednesday, 11 August, 2010

Summer holiday season is in full swing and the Sacred Space on the Beach initiative in north Yorkshire is welcoming up to 200 people during each of its weekend sessions. This follows a successful pilot project last summer.

Revd Sam Foster, fresh expressions pioneer minister for Scarborough Deanery, developed the idea from previous 'sacred spaces' in urban areas. She designed postcards to give out to passers-by and the invitations have led to tears of joy and sadness. Many visitors to the South Bay, Scarborough, and Filey beaches light candles in memory of a loved one, to give thanks or celebrate something. They have spoken of their love and grief after bereavement and tragedy while some have celebrated loving marriages and anniversaries.

Other work led by the Deanery fresh expressions team includes Summer Soul, running until Thursday (August 12th) at North Bay. Summer Soul is led by young people aged 16 and over from local churches who serve the local community and holidaymakers with games, drama, and fun activities.

A Healing on the Beach team comprising Christians trained in healing ministry also meets outside The Sands development, North Bay, every third Sunday at 2pm.

The remaining Sacred Space sessions will take place on August 21st and 22nd from 8.30pm at South Bay Scarborough, and September 4th and 5th at Filey (8.30pm).