Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October 2019

Over 1,200 came together in Scarborough from all across the district for a weekend of inspiration and celebration, worship and fellowship – all ages exploring how to fulfil Our Calling and grow as Flourishing Missional Communities

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Thank You!

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make Flourish a success! A large event such as this relies on the sacrificial effort and commitment of many people. Thank you to everyone who has helped in any capacity. We hope the weekend has been enjoyable and inspiring for you, and the range of worship, workshops and activities has provided you with encouragement and challenge.


Flourish Highlights Video

Flourish Photos

Thank you to Andy Lindley, Elliot Crippen and Mark Stennett for taking photographs over the weekend.

Recorded Sessions, Videos, Notes, and Songs

Looking for recordings of the sessions at Flourish? Whether you weren’t able to attend and looking to see what all the fuss was about, or if you did attend and looking to re-experience the event or parts you missed… Whilst we didn’t record everything that took place at Flourish, some video was taken which can be viewed below:

Flourish Programme

Friday 18th October

Friday Evening – “Opening Celebration”

Opening songs:
This I believe (The Creed)
Bless the Lord O my soul
God of love (I stand amazed)
O Praise the name (Anastasis)
Welcome and intro by Leslie Newton
Welcome from Clive Marsh, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
Into Your Hands
What a beautiful name
Scene-setting scene of weekend – Leslie Newton
Talk (inc bible reading: Colossians 1:15-20) by Leslie Newton
Songs of response (with opportunity for people to place leaves on trees):
How Great Thou Art
Be thou my vision

Friday Evening – Paul Kerensa Comedy

No footage.

Saturday 19th October

Saturday Morning – “Flourishing Together”

Part 1 – Bible Study with Ashley Cooper

Appologies for the poor quality video.
Saturday Morning “Flourishing Together” – part 1 – Bible Study led by Ashley Cooper, Principal of Cliff College.
Music: copyright free song “A Great Achievement” from www.hooksounds.com

Opening songs:
In Christ alone
– Who you say I am

Welcome and intro – Leslie Newton
Bible reading: Acts 16:16-34
Bible study – Ashley Cooper
There is a Redeemer

Part 2 – “Flourishing in Mission” with Elaine Lindridge, followed by Synod Buisness and JPIT talk

Apologies for some missing parts and poor quality.
Saturday Morning “Flourishing Together” – part 2
Talk by Elaine Lindridge followed by Synod buisness
Music: copyright free song “A Great Achievement” from www.hooksounds.com

Video links from Elaine’s talk:
1 – “Your City Waits” from ‘Worship House Media’
2 – “Missio Dei” from Community of Christ
3 – “The Good News Story (community edition)” from Rend Collective

Great is the Lord
Talk – Elaine Lindridge
Synod business
Paul Morrision and JPIT on the currrent political situation
Hear the call of the kingdom

Following the session: Some of those who attended ‘Flourish’ stood in solidarity with XR (Extinction Rebellion) as the two weeks of peaceful protest came to an end, and took a group photo which was sent to Extinction Rebellion by them as an encouragement and appreciation of their campaigning.

Saturday Afternoon – Workshop Session Notes

Clive Marsh – What does it mean to be biblical?

More coming soon…

Drumming Workshop
Doing Justice? Exploring practical ways we can make a difference – All We Can
Why your church needs a growth or end of life plan
A creative exploration using paint
Local Arrangements: Reimagining Worship
What does it mean to be ‘biblical’?
The changing face of UK poverty – JPIT

‘Lectio Musica’: song writing workshop

Saturday Evening – “Evening Celebration” with Lou Fellingham and David Wilkinson

Apologies for the poor quality.
Saturday Evening “Evening Celebration” with music by Lou Fellingham and band, and guest speaker Revd Professor David Wilkinson.
Music: copyright free song “A Great Achievement” from www.hooksounds.com

Lou and band – Opening songs:
How great thou art
– This is amazing Grace

Welcome and intro – Leslie Newton
Lou and band – songs:

– What a beautiful name
– Living Hope
– Everlasting Arms

Bible reading: Acts 17.16-34
Talk – David Wilkinson               
Lou and band – Songs of response:
Everyone needs compassion (Mighty to Save)
– Cornerstone

Saturday Evening – Lou Fellingham Concert / Music in the Bar / Silent Disco

No footage.

Music in the Bar

Lou Fellingham Concert
Silent Disco

Songs from concert with Lou Fellingham:
Ready for you
The Final say
Turn my life around
Miracle or not
Jesus you’re with us
Bring it all to Jesus
Our God is for us
Wholly yours
Wonder of the cross
This changes everything

Sunday 20th October

Sunday Morning Services

Family Praise Party / Taize Worship / Celtic Worship / Forest Church / Service of Holy Communion
No footage.

Celtic Worship led by Roy Searle from Northumbria Community
Family Praise Party led by Pulse Ministries
Service of Holy Communion led by Graham and Emma Morgan

Closing Celebration – “A Final Flourish” (with Matt Beckingham and “The Call”)

Apologies for the poor quality.
Sunday Morning Closing Celebration – “A Final Flourish” with music by Matt Beckingham and “The Call”.
Music: copyright free song “A Great Achievement” from www.hooksounds.com

Opening songs:
Come, now is the time
– Praise my soul
– 10,000 reasons     
Welcome and intro – Leslie Netwon
Blessed Assurance
– Build your kingdom here   

Pulse Minitries – Flying Pigs! (Children and youth feedback)
Whose side are you leaning on?
– In Christ Alone        

Talk – Leslie Newton
Final songs:
Our Calling
– And can it be
– Hear the call of the kingdom

Leaving song: You shall go out with joy

Good News Stories – from around the District (videos)

If you’re looking to watch some of the “Good News Stories” videos which played at various points during the weekend, you can find them on this page here:

View the Videos Here


A Prayer for Flourish

We’re grateful to Yvonne Williams, from the Thirsk and Northallerton Circuit, for providing a prayer for these days leading up to our “Flourish” district gathering.

Please circulate within your circuits and churches, and we encourage it to be used in worship over the coming weeks.

Alongside this, we would also appreciate your continuing encouragement for people to attend Flourish – especially for the whole weekend as is possible. We now have nearly 1100 attendees for at least part of the event but there is still room for more.

Print version of the Flourish Prayer:

Flourish Brochure

Flourish Brochure available to download now! Click here

Flourish Promo Video

About the Event

A District Gathering for EVERYONE – over 1000 people gathered together in Scarborough on the 18-20th October 2019 for inspiration, celebration and fellowship. #YNEMethodists

For the TIMETABLE OF EVENTS please see the programme listed in the Flourish Brochure above.

A weekend of inspiration and celebration, worship and fellowship – all ages exploring how we can fulfill Our Calling and grow as Flourishing Missional Communities

Flourish Children & Youth

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