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Church organises stadium worship
Portman Road
The event is to take place at Ipswich Town Football Club's stadium
The largest act of Christian worship in Suffolk for 21 years is being organised to take place at Ipswich Town Football Club's stadium at Portman Road.

Up to 8,000 Christians from across the region and the country are expected to come to the event on 24 June this year.

It will mark the start of three days of events which the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese and the Mothers' Union are staging at the ground.

In 1984 the Christian evangelist Billy Graham preached at the stadium.

'Amazing expression of vitality'

The Right Reverend Richard Lewis, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, is writing to all Suffolk's parishes inviting them to come and be part of this unique occasion.

Award winning youth choir Cantate and the Cathedral Choir will be part of what promises to be a very dynamic evening which will interweave traditional hymns and church worship with a rock band, dancers and videos.

Nick Clarke, the diocesan communications director, said: "This will be the largest gathering of Christians in Suffolk since Billy Graham used the stadium in 1984.

"It will be an amazing expression of the vitality of Christian life."

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