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Big ideas

31 May 2013

THEY do things on a large scale in Yorkshire. The four dioceses of Ripon & Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, and York, together with the Scripture Union, Young Saints, and the Girls' and Boys' Brigades, put on their fourth Big Night Out and attracted 2500 young people from across the county. Even the Bishops had fun, as the Rt Revd James Bell, of Knaresborough, and the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, of Pontefract, led the way on the rollercoaster.

For Bishop Bell, it was his first ride on one for 50 years, and he found it scary: "I thought we were coming off several times." One group held an "Extreme Bible Study" on the "Ultimate" rollercoaster, while the less adventurous enjoyed the free refreshments and an exhibition of Christian resources.

"The beauty of the Big Night Out", one of the organisers said, "is that it offers young people, from the biggest churches with lots of teenagers, to the smallest village parish with just one or two, the opportunity to come along and experience what being Church is like on a mega scale."

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