Blackpool’s Youth Night: Build Your Kingdom Here

By   •   September 22, 2018

"If you don't remember anything else tonight, remember God loves you," Franklin Graham told a packed Opera House at the Winter Gardens complex in central Blackpool on Saturday.
More than 4,000 people attended Saturday night's Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham, with over 6,000 more watching online.
Two hours before the event began, people were lined up outside the Opera House until the doors opened.
Irish band Rend Collective with their lyrical-rich style of worship brought the crowd to its feet with songs like "My Lighthouse," "Joy of the Lord" and "Build Your Kingdom Here."
“Are you willing to say, ‘God, I’m sorry’?” Franklin Graham asked the crowd in Blackpool. How about you?
The Tommy Coomes Band, who have supported Franklin Graham for decades, set the tone for the Gospel presentation.
Outside, the temps in Blackpool hovered in the mid-50s, while inside, people in the crowd were peeling off jackets as the Opera House filled up and grew warmer.
Lead singer Chris Llewellyn was an aspiring rugby player before a change of plans led him to Rend Collective. Hear his story in this podcast.
Dennis Agajanian was almost bigger than life with guitar playing that cranked the energy level up inside the Opera House.
Guvna B is an award-winning rap artist from London who put his own spin on "Nothing But the Blood."
The conscience serves as a warning, Franklin said, telling us when something is right or wrong. So many responded to Franklin Graham's invitation to follow Jesus, that people lined up in the aisles at Blackpool's Opera House.
Franklin’s message focused on King Manasseh of Judah, who rebelled against God and his earthly father, leading Israel into idolatry. “Have you ever asked yourself, ‘Will God forgive me of my sins?’” Franklin questioned. Many came forward to do just that on Saturday night.
As the Winter Gardens Opera House filled to capacity, attendees were directed next door to the historic and ornate Empress Ballroom in the same complex. Many responded to Franklin Graham's invitation to receive Christ.
Ali Gilkeson (accordion) and Chris Llewellyn (guitar) kept the crowd engaged until the final chord in Blackpool on Saturday night.
Prayer volunteers talked with those who came forward—young and old—in the overflow room at Blackpool's Opera House.
The Lancashire Festival of Hope ended Sunday with a final message from Franklin Graham and music by Michael W. Smith. Wondering how you can have the joy and peace you've seen in these photos? Get information or chat with someone online at