The big night out on Sunday 20th May, saw a coach of 22 young people aged 11 – 17 years old from both Kirkburton and Shelley villages head from Kirkburton to lightwater Valley Theme Park for the day.
The diocese staged the event and any young person living in the surrounding villages were welcome to join in the fun. The theme park was closed to the public for the evening and we gained exclusive entry to the rides. The evening then culminated in a concert with superb lively musicianship from the band;TWELVE24.
The leaders were reminded that during the day of amazing teamwork that goes into such events and once again felt privileged to be involved. The sense of camaraderie, support and professionalism and seeing people having fun was energising. We had an abundance of laughs and an appropriate amount of ‘silliness’ and antics flowed.
The measure of reliability of the young people was highlighted when they spotted the leaders in the cafe and reminded them that they would be late for our picnic rendezvous time if we didn’t get going! This showed the young people to be fantastically fun, responsible, incredibly inclusive of each other and extremely entertaining!
The picnic and evening was an amazingly sunny time. Some of our boys backflipped, back somersaulted and entertained us while we awaited the concert (see photos).
Following the the concert, the girls started to queue for photos with the band. Having being told unfortunately there was no time left as the coach was waiting, they somehow seemed to draw the bands attention and get their photos taken anyway. Well done girls!
Also noteworthy, was the answered prayer of Reverend Amanda. Bereft at the thought of just missing out on the last mini ‘ladybird’ roller coaster ride of the day, she summoned her heavenly Father’s ears (and pleaded a little … a lot … with the ride attendant) and managed to clinch her adrenaline kick.
As a final relocation of our trip, I am left to marvel at the broad skill bases and multiple willing personality types involved in putting on such a event, both from our local perspective and from the wider organisation of the main event. It has served to show us again that humanity and teamwork is an amazing thing, especially when working towards a common goal and belief.
Written by Dr Sarah Wood.