Switchfoot, Jesus Culture, Jason Upton and more make impact in West Sussex

OVER 25,000 people attended what, in seven years, has become the biggest Christian music event in Europe, the Big Church Day Out. Held on 23rd and 24th May at Wiston House, West Sussex, BCDO featured Jesus Culture, Switchfoot, Rend Collective, Israel Houghton, Jason Upton, LZ7, Gungor, Matt Maher, Needtobreathe and 20 plus other acts. During the ministry of California's Bethel Music several hundred festival goers made commitments to follow Christ. It was announced that the fund-raising initiative, No Child Taken, run by aid agency Tearfund during the event, had resulted in 4,700 children being protected from trafficking.

Festival goer Angelika Flury wrote on Facebook about the event, "For the first time we came with all our four kids, driving over 10 hours from Switzerland. It was so a great experience for all of us. Love to worship with Jason Upton. Thanks God, we had such a great weekend!" Commenting on the event Cross Rhythms' music editor Tony Cummings said, "BCDO is now a spearhead for the British Church and its importance cannot be overstated in bringing together the numerous different streams. Anyone who was privileged to attend this year's event will never forget it and the fact that its climax was reached on Pentecost Sunday is not insignificant. BCDO is clearly playing a hugely important role in the revival coming to this nation."

. A comprehensive report on Big Church Day Out will be published by Cross Rhythms later this week.

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