HUNDREDS of Christians met at the University of Worcester Arena for Pentecost Sunday today.

Children and families took part in a high energy, worship concert in the afternoon before the Thy Kingdom Come Prayer event which is taking place this evening.

The event was held at the Arena after it became too large for Worcester Cathedral.

June 9 is Pentecost Sunday when Christians mark the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples after Jesus’ death.

Families enjoyed the afternoon event organised by ALIVE Worcestershire which was led by singer/songwriter and author Shell Perris.

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Ms Perri, who helped organise the event, said: "The turnout is amazing.

"The set up is excellent and it is amazing to see so many people in the Arena here to worship God.

"This is one of the biggest events I've organised but in terms of Imagine Ministries, which is the charity behind Alive Worcestershire, it is the very first thing we have launched.

"It is the first live event ever, and the idea is once we have got it right in Worcestershire we are going to replicate it in lots of different parts in the UK.

"It is not a one off event here, it is going to happen once a term at the Arena."

At the afternoon event youngsters waved glow-sticks, sang and danced as well as joined together in prayer at the Alive: Worcestershire concert.

At the evening event, attendees heard a message from international speaker and evangelist John Ioannou, also known as J.John, in addition to singing worship songs and praying.

Mr Ioannou has authored more than 60 books on Christianity and regularly holds events to raise money for homeless charities and hospitals.

The Thy Kingdom Come event is part of a global prayer movement which was originally started in 2016 by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

June 9 marked the end of 10 days of continual prayer and worship across the UK and over 100 countries worldwide.