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Lowestoft conference hailed a success

PUBLISHED: 13:58 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 05 July 2010

FLASHING lights, rock style bands and sports activities are not what you might normally associate with bible weekends.

But they were alternative forms of worship at a sell-out conference which attracted more than 1,400 people to Pontin's in Pakefield at the weekend.

FLASHING lights, rock style bands and sports activities are not what you might normally associate with bible weekends.

But they were alternative forms of worship at a sell-out conference which attracted more than 1,400 people to Pontin's in Pakefield at the weekend.

The Together at East of England event was run for and by Newfrontiers, which staged a busy programme of activities for its members from 18 churches across Norfolk and Suffolk, from puppet shows to a jazz nights.

Grantley Watkins, one of the church leaders at the event, which offered "fun and spiritual refreshment", said: “I think it has far exceeded our expectations. It's the first event at which we've gathered our churches and you're never quite sure how it's going to go but it's gone phenomenally well.”

Newfrontiers, which has Lowestoft Community Church and Kings Church in Gorleston within its group, describes itself as a “family” of churches. It was founded 40 years ago, and now has more than 600 churches in 40 countries.

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