Rooted in Love

Are you looking to flourish in your faith, church, community?

14 - 16 APRIL 2023

Join us at Scarborough Spa for our second Flourish event
where we will be exploring the theme “ROOTED IN LOVE”


Speakers | Workshops | Worship | Activities

What is Flourish?

Journey together with friends for an all-age weekend to discover how we can flourish in our faith, as a church for the future, and in being 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

What others have said

Blown away by this event. Thank you so much to all the team. Feel I've been fed for quite some time

The teaching was challenging & inspirational and the music & worship were very uplifting. We appreciated the great variety of workshops & worship experiences. We came away excited, encouraged and ready to pass on our experiences to others so that our whole church can truly flourish.

It was wonderful to see music like this live!!

Thank you to all the team behind the scenes for a fantastic weekend. The speakers were very inspiring and I came away with loads of ideas and as well as feeling refreshed in the holy spirit. My two children had a fabulous time

A most wonderful weekend providing much food for thought.

It was a truely refreshing and challenging experience. It was good to share with people of faith from different backgrounds and communities. I found the workshops helpful and imaginative and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of something bigger.

Flourish 2019

We were just there for the day on Saturday but it was so good. The speakers, the workshops, the music and the fellowship.

Paul Kerensa was really good at Flourish last night. Funny & clever. So glad I was there. Brilliant time so far.

What a fabulous weekend of praise and worship, speakers and performers, with some thought provoking workshops. Plenty to take back to our circuits and churches. Inspiring.

Energising, enabling and simply brilliant from beginning to end! So many uplifting, and challenging, messages - lets get to work!

Everyone was very helpful; it was a very welcoming place to be, lots of folk happy to chat; it felt like family meeting together; the social media engagement before and during helped to raise a sense of expectation, connexion and excitement. Really, really great event!

It was a joy to be with you and have a sense of what the Spirit is doing among you. What a wonderful event – it seemed to have a freedom and togetherness...

Booking Info

Booking has now opened!
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 confirmed so far… more to be announced in due course

Click the name to discover more:

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.

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.

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.

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.”


Still in progress – stay tuned for more details in due course

Children and Young People

We have a dedicated programme for children, youth and families – with various levels of engagement on offer.

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. This similarly includes food, hoodie, activities, and children’s programme.

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)

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