Youngsters worship and dance at the 20th Rave in the Nave at Ely Cathedral

RODEO bull fighting and prayer were found side by side on Friday evening, as almost 800 young people attended the 20th Rave in the Nave at Ely Cathedral on Friday evening.

The event also included dance and worship, along with gladiator duelling contests, supercharged bikes and giant pillow fights.

Three Christian bands provided the entertainment for those who wanted to party all night, while other youngsters took time out to tour the spirituality zone at the east end or enjoy refreshments in the chill out cafe.

The Bishop of Huntingdon, the Right Revd David Thomson said: “Rave has led the way in bringing young people into our churches. It has been great draw for a whole generation from across the East of England, and a great blessing too.

“Young people aren’t just the future of the church; they are the church of today. It’s great to see them growing in faith and ministry, and Rave has been a key player in helping that happen.”

Started back in 1992, Rave in the Nave is an ecumenical Christian worship event for young people aged over 12. Its aim is to offer young people an opportunity to explore their faith in a fun atmosphere, and in an age-relevant way.

A spokeswoman for the cathedral said: “With the whole cathedral being given over to them, it was interesting to see how the youngsters moved from the entertaining and fun activities to the more spiritual and reflective areas.

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“Many left prayers, reflections and comments on the various ‘post-its’ in the spirituality zone and explored the labyrinth as well as partying with others during as the bands played live.

“The event really did provide an opportunity for recreation and re-creation for all.”