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Covid tests, track & trace and social distancing: The new normal for one of UK's oldest Christian conventions

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People from across the UK are heading to the Lake District as one of the UK's oldest annual Christian events gets back underway.

After a year off because of the pandemic, the Keswick Convention is back.

Things will be different though - those gathering will need to register, do a covid test and remain socially distant from others.

Most Christian events due to take place over the summer were cancelled.

Rev Dr James Robson from Keswick Ministries told Premier they were determined to make it happen.

"With the news of the vaccine, we just felt, under God, that people would be so weary and so in need of refreshment and encouragement," he said. "We were really keen to try and step out in faith and to do something live and in person.

"We've had to do registration and booking that we've never done before, as many churches have had to do. It's been a very demanding task but we've seen the Lord's grace."

The convention begins as new warnings come over the spread of Covid. On Friday, Prof Chris Whitty warned that hospital admissions could get "scary".

Robson says they are doing all they can to help people feel safe and secure.

"We're operating in a very conservative way with respect people, many have got concerns and may still feeling vulnerable so we are operating very carefully and cautiously."

With government restrictions due to ease in England next week, organisers have also said congregational worship will return on Monday with those wishing to sing free to do so behind masks.

Evangelical Alliance CEO Gavin Calver is one of several speakers at the event.
 

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