WITH football in church (above), and a large bouncy
castle, Blackburn Cathedral had an all-night
lock-in for fun and worship that drew more than 100 young people
and 40 youth leaders from around the diocese.
The youth event "Sanctuary: Love Never Ends" was one of the
biggest ever staged by the Church of England in Lancashire. It had
been organised by the diocesan board of education, and included
music and dancing, arts and crafts, and plenty of food.
It started with a collective act of worship, led by the Bishop
of Blackburn, the Rt Revd Julian Henderson, who said that it was
"great to gather young people in the cathedral, and do things
different from what people expect to happen in church". The
diocesan youth officer, Kat Witham, said that it was a fantastic
night. "All the young people got involved and shared their
experiences, questions, and ideas. . .
"There were loud moments, including everyone doing aerobics at 6
a.m., but there were also quiet and still moments, including some
girls choosing to light candles and pray at 4 a.m."