The Big Event lived up to its name as around 3,500 local school children enjoyed a morning of faith-based fun at Ewood Park.
As a follow-up to the success of The Big Celebration last September, the Blackburn End was once again chosen as the venue for the huge gathering as part of the 'Mission Possible' week of events led by St James' Church in Lower Darwen, tying in with the Church of England's Blackburn Diocese welcoming visiting Christian leaders from their twin Diocese in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Though the long-distance visitors and the children were greeted by a morning of steady drizzle, it did nothing to dampen the spirits of those in attendance, with a mixture of song, dance, performers and prayers ensuring that the multi-faith event achieved its desired objective of ensuring the youngsters took home positive messages about tolerance, inclusion and understanding.
The South African theme ensured that the entire lower tier of the Blackburn End was a sea of colour, looking out towards a specially erected stage where the goal at that end would normally sit.
Rev Tim Horobin from St James' in Lower Darwen explained the thinking behind the event before its start, telling the Blackburn Diocese website:
"The aim of the mission is to make the gospel relevant to the generation today, working in a cross cultural way and training and equipping young leaders in mission and outreach.
"We will be bringing communities together at a time of division in a time of great celebration."