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YouTube video announces Blackburn diocese summer festival

The CofE in Lancashire is planning a huge summer festival this year – and is spreading the word via a fun animated YouTube video ...

The Church of England in Lancashire has released a new animated YouTube video to launch its plans for a massive Summer Festival; as well as giving some details about the event itself.

The Festival will be led by Lancashire’s new Bishop, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, who also features in the video in which he issues a personal invitation to every community to attend.

Thousands are anticipated from churches and schools from Lancaster and Morecambe to Chorley and Leyland; from Blackpool and Fleetwood to Blackburn and Burnley and all points in between!

Clergy and headteachers across Lancashire are being actively encouraged to send their congregations and pupils to the festival, which will take place on the weekend of June 21 and 22 at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annes.

Churches and schools are being asked to show the video at services and assemblies in the coming weeks, but the free event is also open to anyone who wants a great day out that will cost them nothing!

Activities on the Saturday (21 June) begin around 10am and run throughout the day. They include Messy Church; exciting workshops and resources to equip people with the latest ideas for outreach; a jazz band; garden games; clowns and worship and praise events. There will also be a football cage, bouncy castle, rodeo sheep and a climbing wall for people of all ages to try and the whole day will finish with a rousing ceilidh in the evening.

On the Sunday (22 June) the focus is on evangelism and activities run from late afternoon. Everyone who attends on day two will be encouraged to bring their friends to hear more about the Christian faith and collectively join in an informal worship event.

Speaking today, Bishop Julian said: “It is important that we have fun and fellowship together as a church but also take every opportunity to introduce others to Jesus.

“This weekend will tick both those important boxes and I am looking forward to it immensely.

“The senior clergy team is already working hard with Diocesan officers in the Boards of Finance and Education to make it the biggest and best event we’ve ever put on.”

If you are in a church or school in the region and haven't had details about the event, email and you’ll be sent information. That email is also for any general queries from anyone who wants to find out more about the summer festival.

With many young people likely to attend, the Diocese is also hoping to create a real social media buzz before and during the weekend. Any schools or parishes with youngsters who are interested in getting involved in this aspect of the event should also email the above address.

A full programme for the festival will be released nearer the time.

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