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Bands, burgers, bouncy castles and bishops

Date: 23 November 2011

750 people, the majority of them youngsters, descended on Guildford Cathedral to light the blue touch paper for The Fuse – the cathedral’s 50th Anniversary event specifically aimed at young people from across the diocese.

And The Fuse went with a bang - with two bishops, two bouncy inflatables, burgers, bands and over 2,000 glow sticks this was no ordinary Friday night at the cathedral.

“We had a blast,” said David Welch, organiser and diocesan youth adviser, “The event might be over but we hope that the conversation has only just begun.

“We were delighted with the sense of celebration and occasion. The cathedral looked stunning with chairs cleared and evocative lighting. Even more stunning was the response of the young people, with around 50 making a response to a Gospel call.”

Youngsters representing youth groups from over 40 different churches within the diocese packed out the event. Some came in twos and others in a group of 40 - but all enjoyed the sense of coming together and being part of something bigger.

Music was provided by a specially-formed band for the event, organised by Pat Davis from St Saviour’s Church, Guildford.

Mike Pilavachi from Soul Survivor - who run a large Christian Youth Festival each year in the summer - spoke about the how doing the smallest things can make a difference “even buying a drink for a car park attendant or paying someone else’s toll on a toll road,” he said.

David Welch concluded: “Many had never seen the cathedral in that light before – to be expected really as even taking all the seats out is very unusual. Or maybe many had never seen God in that light before - after all, who can forget that the celebration was actually all about Him?

”It was big and it was exciting. We are talking now about where we go from here.”

If you have thoughts about where next for youth and Guildford Diocese, or you were at The Fuse event and want to have a say, then email

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