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On Saturday 24th October 2015, hundreds of young people from all over Cumbria packed in to see one of the Message Trust’s bands – Brightline, held at Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal. Check out the report from Premier here. 8 Churches from Kendal have been working together for the last 6 months on the event, with the aim to reach out to young people with the Good News of Jesus. Rev Angela Whitaker, Rural Dean of Kendal Deanery commented “Ignite the light is a great example of Christians and local churches of all denominations working together with the common aim of sharing God’s Good News in Jesus with young people – and, on the night, wonderful to see so many young people responding to the message they heard. For us locally the work continues now as we seek to help these young people grow in faith, which we plan to do together. It makes sense, we’re better together.

Ignite the light was a vision of a young 16 year old girl from Kendal – to provide something for young people around the time of Halloween and for it to be a witness of God’s love to other young people. After a few years of suggesting the idea to her church, finally the vision was birth and in 2013 we held our first Ignite the Light youth event, with guest speaker Jonny Harrison.


Jonny Harrison speaking at Ignite the Light 2013

Our first Ignite the Light


Daniel from Brightline chatting to some young people in 2014


Ignite the light brought together many churches in the area, but also many Christians who volunteered on the night of the event. Event co-ordinator Rev Jonny Gios said that ”This outreach brought together churches that might not have worked together naturally – it was such a delight to see 70 volunteers from dierent churches work together. If we’re true followers of Jesus then we will seek to work together with God’s mission”. As well as volunteers coming from dierent churches, there was a amazing range of ages, from young people who served on the leadership team to the oldest who stewarded with her zimmer frame. It didn’t stop Joan* from being at the event who has now volunteered twice!

Brightline were a band that didn’t hold back any punches with their music, words, and interaction – our young people love them. They’re a dynamic four-piece team with a fresh and unique sound, Jacob (guitar, vocals), Lucy (vocals), Daniel (beatbox, keys) and Joe (drums and percussion) – a band you can’t keep your eyes o.Brightline’s music was simply amazing and they used it to communicate truths about God, along with personal testimonies. Brightline have worked hard on new songs, which were performed on the night -they’re a band to look out for who are super talented and yet humble with a heart for Jesus.

Daniel spoke from the band about the hope we have in Jesus and gave a really challenging message to those who were there. 30 young people responded to the Gospel call that night and ‘Ignite the Light’ – which was moving. ITL is committed to work with those young people to disciple them and answer the tough questions they might have. ITL set up a Youth Alpha Course to nurture the young people who made commitments that night, and 15 young people completed the course and are now in churches around Kendal.