The Summer of Mission

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Last weekend saw the largest gathering of Christians in Cheshire since the Millennium as well as a spectacular Pentecost celebration the Cathedral.  

10,000 people, from hundreds of churches across Chester diocese and beyond, met at Capethorne Hall, near Alderley Edge, to enjoy a major new summer festival, The Big Church Day Out North.  

Thousands of families, from the Wirral to Macclesfield, brought their babies, children and teenagers for a weekend of camping, outdoor free games, soft play, and an opportunity to join in worship, prayer and praise with internationally acclaimed Christian bands and performing artists. They came as single parishes and also in church groups. One group alone from the diocese was of 700 people. 

As well as Anglicans, there were Roman Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, URC, House Church Fellowship and Pentecostals. They came from as far as Northumberland, Nottingham and Liverpool. 

“I’ve never felt such a spirit of joyful praise in my life,” said one young mother. “It is so uplifting to see thousands of Christians worship together. My kids are loving it, and the music is just amazing.  We are definitely coming back next year.”   

The next Big Church Day Out North is tipped to be the must-go-to Summer event for Christians in the North of England.  Thousands more are expected next year.

The only previous event like it was held for the Millennium at Tatton Park.

Cathedral event

Last weekend also saw a spectacular celebration of Pentecost, as the Cathedral staged a Beacon Event for the culmination of THY KINGDOM COME.  The cathedral was packed as many who had attended Big Church Day Out came across Cheshire to meet in a final act of praise and worship and a concerted prayer to God for the coming of his kingdom and the work of the church in helping people know Jesus.

The acclaimed hymn writer Stuart Townend led the worship, and the cathedral welcomed  47 pilgrims who had come from Foxhill, praying and meeting with other Christians on the way.  50 young children performed a dance of celebration down the aisle of the cathedral. 

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