14 - 16 APRIL


Almost 1,000 attended Flourish!

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make Flourish 23 – Rooted in Love 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. ❤️ #flourish23
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. Exploring in diverse ways our theme of Rooted in Love
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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.

A celebratory weekend with speakers, workshops, worship, activities, after-hours, marketplace, children’s, youth & family programme!

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

Photos from 2023

More photos and videos coming soon…

We’re grateful to those who took photos including Elliot Crippen, Mark Kensett, Stephen Husband, Mark Gowlett, and others.

Recordings from 2023

We have attempted to record most of the main sessions in the Grand Hall and Ocean Room – these will be publicly and freely available at a later date. We are currently collating and organising all the footage and audio we captured.

We will also be sharing a highlights video (Rooted in Love – Short Film) in a few weeks to give a feel of the weekend for those who didn’t attend and can be shared in churches.


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

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.”

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

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Song lists and PowerPoint Slides

Here we will be sharing a complete list of songs and hymns used during the Flourish weekend. Where appropriate, we will also share PowerPoint slides for some speakers and sessions (in the Grand Hall or Ocean Room). – note: this does not account for any last-minute changes, so may not be 100% accurate in all cases

Song Lists

Friday – Opening Celebration, Grand Hall

You’re calling us (StF 37)
Here I am to worship
Here for you (Redman)
Come people of the risen King (Getty & Townend)
Goodness of God
How deep the Father’s love for us
I love you, Lord and I lift my voice
10,000 reasons
I love you, Lord (reprise)
Love divine

Saturday Morning – Opening Worship

Matt Beckingham: Grand Hall
Come, now is the time to worship
Come, let us sing to the one
Everlasting God
You ran to me (MIB)
Sing wherever I go (We the Kingdom)

John Bell: Ocean Room
I owe my lord a morning song
This is the day
There is a line of women
We rejoice to be god’s chosen

Saturday Morning – Bible Study, Grand Hall

This new day (MIB)
Let everything that has breath – Matt Redman
I could sing of your love forever – Delirious?
God I look to you – Bethel
Just as I am (556)

Saturday Evening

John Bell – Ocean Room
From Adam came the apple
God’s intended joy

Philippa Hanna – Grand Hall
Lion and the Lamb
Firm Foundations
10,000 reasons
Gratitude (Brandon Lake)
Holy Spirit you are welocome here
Jesus be the Centre
I’m a child of God Yes I am
How Great Thou Art

Sunday – Opening Worship

Matt Beckingham – Grand Hall
Shine Jesus Shine / Celebration mash-up
My hand in yours
Give me oil / Every move I make mash-up

John Bell – Ocean Room
Jesus calls us
Within the circle of your friends
Christ has risen

Sunday – Final Flourish (Grand Hall)

Glorious Day
Yet not I but through Christ in me
You ran to me
Speak, O Lord
And can it be
How great thou art
Hear the call of the Kingdom
The Blessing


PowerPoints are available for certain sessions that took place in the Grand Hall and Ocean Room where they shared them with us in advance. Please note that slides from other workshops that took place in other venues aren’t currently available.

John Bell Opening Worship Liturgy | Saturday 15th April | Ocean Room
PDF liturgy text

Paula Gooder Bible Study | Saturday 15th April | Grand Hall
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)

New Places for New People | Saturday 15th April | Grand Hall
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)

Net Zero Pannel Session | Saturday 15th April | Ocean Room
PowerPoint Slides part 1 (pdf)
PowerPoint Slides part 2 (pdf)

Paula Gooder Workshop | Saturday 15th April | Grand Hall
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)

Graham Thompson Workshop | Saturday 15th April | Theatre
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)

Eco Church Workshop | Saturday 15th April | Ocean Room
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)

John Bell Communion Liturgy | Sunday 16th April | Ocean Room
PowerPoint Slides (pdf)

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