14 - 16 APRIL


Join over 1,000 others!

Not long till we’re all together at  Scarborough Spa for our second Flourish event where we will be exploring the theme “ROOTED IN LOVE”


Tickets can be booked right up until the event – there’s still plenty of space for everyone! Join us for the whole weekend or just come for the day…

For the past 3 years, we have been planning Flourish 23: Rooted in Love. A celebratory weekend with speakers, workshops, worship, activities, after-hours, marketplace, children’s, youth & family programme! Not to be missed.

A diverse range of worship and sessions to suit everyone. Whilst being the largest Methodist event of its kind, don’t let that put you off – our venue at Scarborough Spa is a fantastic space providing a huge range of rooms and auditoriums! Our Flourish sessions are spread out across the site, with a variety of speaker content, activities, worship options and workshop sizes for you to choose from.

What is Flourish?

Journey together with friends for an all-age weekend to discover how we can flourish in our faith; flourish as a church for the future; become flourishing missional communities
More than a Church Meet-up.
More than a Christian Conference.
More than a Worship Festival.

Part of Yorkshire North & East Methodist District’s vision for how we can fulfill ‘Our Calling’
and grow as Flourishing Missional Communities

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Flourish Promo Video

Booking Info

Friday 14th  – Sunday 16th April 2023
Scarborough Spa, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD

All tickets can be purchased through our online system
provided by Ticket Tailor

Note: Ticket prices are heavily subsidised by a district grant. Anyone for whom the cost is prohibitive should seek support from their church, circuit, district (in that order). Tickets allow you to attend any day or the whole weekend of Flourish – however, please note some workshops and parts of the programme will have limited space; the purchase of a ticket will not guarantee entry to these and you may be directed to an alternative session. We will inform ticket holders when they are able to reserve places for workshops and sessions nearer the event.

Please only buy tickets if you intend to come,
as no refunds are available.

2023 Contributors

Just some of the speakers, worship leaders, guests, and workshop facilitators coming to Flourish in 2023

John L. Bell is a Scottish hymn-writer and Church of Scotland minister. He is a member of the Iona Community, a broadcaster, and former student activist. John teaches and leads workshops on liturgy, music, spirituality and social justice in educational establishments, local churches and at centres in the UK and abroad.

Dr Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of Paul the Apostle. Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way. 

Rachel Gardner is Director of Partnerships at Youthscape and President of Girls Brigade England and Wales. She is also Student & Youth Lead at Preston Minster, an Ambassador for Home for Good and a regular preacher and speaker at Christian youth and adult events.

Matt Beckingham is an orchestrator and conductor, with a growing focus on social action through the arts. Matt is head of music for Opera North’s flagship music education project, In Harmony Opera North. As conductor or chorus master Matt has worked on performances including: BBC Proms, Classic FM broadcast from King’s College Chapel, performances with National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir GB. Matt is artistic director of OneSound, a leading national Christian youth ensemble. And he leads the National Methodist Choir of Great Britain. Back by popular demand from Flourish 2019.

PHILIPPA HANNA is an internationally acclaimed performer racking up over 1500 shows in 25 countries. Since her industry debut in 2007, she has released 5 critically acclaimed studio albums and published two books, winning fans in the likes of Leona Lewis, Lionel Richie and Little Mix. The Yorkshire born, half-Irish, Singer-Songwriter is a rarity in the UK Music Industry, bridging the elusive gap between Gospel, Pop and Country music. Churchgoers often realise mid-concert how well they already know the music, thanks to Philippa’s regular features on TBNUKs ‘Praise The Lord’ and BBC ‘Songs of Praise’.

Revd Clive McKie is a Methodist Minister and Prison Chaplain. He is a Fresh Expressions Mission Pioneer, and Founder of Taketime, the Online Missional Meditation Project. Taketime is a brand of meditations based on Ignatian Spirituality, Mindfulness, and on his work in the prison and Church.

Paul Kerensa is an English comedy writer and stand-up comedian, as well as an author,  script editor, podcaster, blogger, and Christian. Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul’s the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals. He’s one of the few to have appeared both at London’s Comedy Store and on Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. Back by popular demand from Flourish 2019.

Revd Graham Thompson is the President of the Methodist Conference (2022/23). Graham Thompson serves as Chair of the Plymouth and Exeter District, a role which he assumed following his service as Chair of the East Anglia District. He has served in a variety of Circuits, urban and rural, both as Presbyter and Superintendent. He has broad ecumenical experience and is an ecumenical Canon of Exeter Cathedral.

Anthony Boateng is the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference (2022/23). He is a Local Preacher from the London District, with a passion for social action, politics, church unity, spiritual revival and creative ways of worship. Anthony Boateng said: “As a young Ghanaian immigrant who has spent all his life in the Methodist Church, it is an honour and privilege to be given this opportunity by my siblings to serve the church at such a challenging time.”

Methodist Youth President 2022-23.

As the Youth President, James works full-time to represent the children and young people of the Methodist Church in Great Britain, both within and outside the Church.

The Youth President is elected every year by the children and young people of 3Generate, the Methodist children’s and youth assembly. James spends his time meeting children and young people from across the Connexion to hear what they have to say, as well as sharing these views with the wider Church and senior Church leaders.

Revd Leslie Newton is Chair of Yorkshire North and East Methodist District, and part of the planning team of Flourish

Cliff College provides theological education and training with a particular focus on mission and evangelism. Historically, Cliff was a Methodist Lay Training college. Today our student body is both lay and ordained and from a range of denominational backgrounds. We offer full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses with residential and non-residential options, as well as a growing programme of short courses and retreats.

Alongside our courses we have a busy conference centre, a team of evangelists and a linked gap year, thriving international work delivering training and support to Christians throughout the world and an exciting annual Festival of word and music.

All We Can is an international development and relief organisation, working to see every person’s potential fulfilled. Focussed on serving the world’s most marginalised communities, All We Can is rooted in the Christian faith.

All We Can works through partnership alongside our global neighbours most impacted by disasters, poverty and injustice to enable flourishing and resilient communities. 

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is a partnership between the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church.

The purpose of JPIT is to help the Churches to work together for peace and justice through listening, learning, praying, speaking and acting on public policy issues.

Hope & Anchor is a project by the Evangelism & Growth team of the Methodist Church – a podcast, venue, and virtual pub! Wherever you find it, the Hope and Anchor venue is a space for real conversations: gritty, provocative, silly and sacred. These are the kinds of conversations Jesus had all the time, and they’re the kinds of conversations at the heart of what the Methodist Church is all about. We are radically inclusive, bold in our justice-seeking, and authentic in our evangelism. 

A Rocha is a global family of Christian organizations which, inspired by God’s love, engages in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects in more than 20 countries and across six continents. Our name means ‘The Rock’ in Portuguese (as our first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal).


Hunmanby Silver Band is a friendly, non contesting band, based in Hunmanby village. We are approx. 8 miles south west of the resort of Scarborough. We are one of the few remaining full complement brass bands operating on the North Yorkshire coastal strip. The bands emphasis during performances is on entertainment, playing music targeted at audience participation and enjoyment.

The Methodist Church is committed to being a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church – so that new people become disciples of Jesus Christ, faith deepens for everyone, and diverse communities and churches experience transformation. This vision is described in God for All, the Church-wide strategy for evangelism and growth.


Our District Youth team from Yorkshire North and East District will be providing the Youth Programme across the Flourish weekend.

The Methodist Book Centre has been providing books and other resources to churches and Sunday schools for nearly 70 years. However, it’s more than a bookshop and has been described as an oasis in the middle of a busy retail and commercial environment. The Centre Manager – Julie Ann Ellis – has many years of experience in the retail trade and the selection and provision of Christian books and other resources. 

The team from the Yorkshire Plus region of the Methodist Learning Network. The role of the Learning Network is to equip and resource the Church through a wide range of contextually relevant learning and development opportunities.


Printed copys of the brochure and programme will be available in advance of Flourish and distributed to local circuits and churches, as well as at the event itself.

Rough timetable for the weekend:

3:00pm – Pre-opening Hunmanby Silver Band
7:30pm – Opening Celebration
9:00pm – After hours options

8:00am – Prayers on the beach
9:00am – Worship options
10:00am – Bible study speaker sessions
11:15am – coffee break
11:45am – Panel sessions
12:30am – Lunch break

2pm to 3pm – Workshops part 1
3:30pm to 4:30pm – Workshops part 2

7:30pm – Evening Celebrations with speakers and music
9:30pm – After hours options

8:00am – Prayers on the beach
10:00am – Sunday Worship options
11:00am – coffee break
11:30am – Closing Celebration
1:00pm – Flourish ends

Children and Young People

We have a dedicated programme for children, youth and families – with various levels of engagement on offer. (Online Booking has now closed: please contact Victoria Etherington)

There is a Youth Residential (School Years 6 – 13) package available for £75, including accommodation, food, hoodie, activities, and youth stream. This youth stream is also available non-residential at £30.

The children’s stream is non-residential at £30 for School Year’s reception to year 6.

A creche for under 5s will be available during certain sessions, and engagement for families is being built into the programme for the weekend. Children (5-17) who do not wish to engage with the dedicated youth programme can purchase a General Admission Child ticket for £5.

(for those aged 4-5 and 10-11, you’ll notice there is a choice of which stream to partake in: either the creche or children’s programme for 4/5 year olds, and either the children’s or youth programme for 10/11 year olds)

Pre-book Saturday Lunchtime Picnic Bags
The youth team are offering a family picnic in the promenade lounge on Saturday lunchtime. The cost is £5 per head, limited to a maximum of £20 per family (max. two adults plus children they are responsible for over the weekend). Lunch is likely to include a sandwich, crisps, a drink, a piece of fruit and a cake or biscuit. Please note all children must be accompanied. Pre-book these on the ticket page and include any dietary needs. If you have any questions or concerns about allergies please contact Victoria

Flourish Volunteers

The Flourish Planning is looking for a team of willing volunteers to help make the weekend happen!

These roles will range from Car Park Duty (yes, this will mean wearing a hi-vis vest!) to stewarding on the doors and helping make sure everyone is welcome.

You will need a ticket but will receive some food/drink vouchers for the spa facilities

If you are interested in helping out, please register your interest here

Thank you!


Do you have to be Methodist, or part of the District?
No. Everyone is welcome to attend Flourish! It is organised by Yorkshire North and East Methodist District, so the weekend will have a distinctly Methodist feel and be populated by many from within Yorkshire – but it will be an inspiring weekend for anyone of faith.

Do I need to print and bring my ticket?
You can book General Tickets right up until the event. We will be able to check bookings on our system and you don’t need to print or bring a physical or digital ticket with you. 

Help with booking tickets, travel, or accommodation?
Please speak to your Circuit “Flourish Champion” who will be able to help.

Where do we park?
There is a host of parking options around Scarborough Spa with many within walking distance to the venue. Car Parking at Scarborough Spa is managed by Scarborough Borough Council | South Bay Underground Car Park (YO11 2HD)An Underground Car Park is situated on Foreshore Road and is only a short walk away from the venue. This parking is Long Stay, Pay and Display. | Disabled ParkingThere are several disabled bays within the Spa car park, however, these are limited and on a first-come basis. 

What facilities are there for people with disabilities? 
There is lift access to all floors. There are various ramps and lifts across the venue giving access to all areas of the Spa. Scarborough Spa has accessible seating areas in both the Grand Hall and the Spa Theatre. Our brochure gives the location of disabled toilets. An induction loop is available in the Grand Hall, Theatre and Ocean Room. Guide dogs are allowed in all public areas of the Spa. If you have particular accessibility needs, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate.

Do we need tickets for Sunday morning worship?
We understand that some people may only be able to or only be interested in coming to Flourish on Sunday morning, and therefore asking about whether they need a ticket. Whilst the tickets are allowing us to monitor numbers, they are also a way for people to invest in Flourish. Flourish is a weekend designed to be missional and inspiring throughout, and to engage and encourage members of our District in their faith, so by paying for a ticket you are not only investing in your own faith but also everyone else who attends the weekend. So therefore, we encourage all to pay for any part of the weekend that they attend to help enable the event to go ahead and to enable missional renewal.

Will there be photos and recordings of Flourish?
Several dedicated photographers will be recording photos and videos of the weekend for use by the District. Permission will be sought from anyone who is identifiable. However, attendees may take photos and videos and we can’t control what individuals post on social media. Please note that you are prohibited from taking photos or videos of any young people at Flourish. The main sessions in the Grand Hall and Ocean Room will be recorded and available afterwards.

Will the Cliff Lifts be open?
There are two cliff lifts in Scarborough: the Central Tramway runs from St Nicholas Cliff to the Foreshore Road in the South Bay, and the Spa Cliff Lift runs from the Esplanade down to the Scarborough Spa complex. This will be running across the weekend, find opening times here:

Will there be any Covid-19 restrictions?
There are no social distancing, testing, or other Covid restrictions at Flourish. There is no requirement to wear masks, but you are welcome to do so. If you are ill or have symptoms please stay at home.

Is there food and drinks at the Spa?
Farrer’s Bar and Brasserie, and other outlets, will be open at various times throughout the weekend. There is a range of food outlets in the town centre or along the promenade. Please note that outside food and drink should not be brought onto the premises at the Spa.

Will there be a quiet space for prayer?
A dedicated prayer space will be available during the weekend located in the Vita Dome when Taketime meditation sessions aren’t in progress. There is also a team available to offer prayer.

Who is our Circuit Flourish Champion?
Here is a list of contacts who have agreed their details can be shared: (if your circuit is not listed, please contact your circuit directly to find the relevant details)

Pocklington and Market Weighton – Norma Jennings
Tadcaster – Donald Milne
Ripon and Lower dales – Amanda Milner
Nidd Valley – Shelagh Outhwaite 
North Yorkshire Coast – Anne Kirkman
South Holderness – Susan Overvoorde
Goole and Selby – Jacqueline Gaitley
Hull (Centre and West) – Sheila Vince


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