Cambridge shopping centre Pentecost service attracts 300 worshippers

Grafton Pentecost Prayer and Praise Organiser Jason de-Vaux said every denomination "from low church to smells and bells" attended

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More than 300 people attended a "traditional" church service "with a modern twist" held in a city's shopping centre.

Up to 29 churches in Cambridge cancelled their traditional Sunday evening celebrations to celebrate the Christian festival of Pentecost.

The event was held at Grafton Shopping Centre and organisers said it had proved to be a success.

The shopping centre said it was "the ideal place to host large gatherings".

Grafton Pentecost Prayer and Praise The organisers plan to hold the Pentecost service at the shopping centre again next year
Praying, Grafton Centre, Cambridge The congregation was asked to talk to people from churches other than their own and share prayers

While the centre's shops were closed by the time the service started at 18:30 BST, its cinema and food hall remains open on Sunday nights.

Organiser Jason de-Vaux said various denominations were represented at the "traditional with a modern twist" service.

Pentecost is considered the birth of the Christian church and Mr de-Vaux said they wanted to create an "all inclusive celebration" of the festival.

Grafton Pentecost Prayer and Praise This was the second year the centre held the Pentecost service and it attracted 100 more people this time

"We had great feedback from people, who were saying that they were encouraged that churches are trying to do something together in the unity of the Gospel," he added.

Centre director Lance Stanbury said he was "delighted" to host the service at the Grafton.

Mr de-Vaux said shopping centres elsewhere in the country had contacted him, expressing interest in running similar services.

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