Every week at Le Pas Opton you’ll find quality Bible-teaching with popular speakers from Spring Harvest and other Christian organisations.
Our optional morning Bible study gives you an opportunity to grab a coffee and croissant and enjoy the teaching on offer. The topics are always light and thought-provoking. With the kids' clubs running concurrently with the Bible studies you can sit back and relax with the peace of mind that our team of childrens workers are looking after your little ones. Then, later in the day, evening celebrations are a great place to join with your family and your new friends for a short time of worship, testimonies and short talks.
On Sunday morning the week culminates in a family celebration, with kids presenting a drama, song or testimony from their groups. The whole service is family-focused, with all-age worship, prayer and preaching.
We are currently working on finalising details for our 2013 speakers and worship leaders. Keep checking this page for updates. So far the following weeks are confirmed:
|13th May||Bob Goody - Bob is now in his third year as Programme Manager at LPO, which means he does a bit of everything to make your holiday the best it can be. He is currently studying Theology at Moorlands College and is exploring ordination within the Church of England to see if he might get a dog collar and a frock in a few years.||In-house LPO worship team.|
|20th May||Graham Timson - Graham is married to Maureen and they have two sons, John and Phil, and three grandchildren. Graham trained at Spurgeons College and was involved in church planting in the Peterborough area. He has just retired from Elim Peterborough City Church where he was the part time Associate Minister. While there, he co-founded “Hope for the Nations” children’s charity and is still its president. He and Maureen have served on the pastoral team at Spring Harvest for nearly 30 years.||In-house LPO worship team.|
|27th May - Half Term||Gavin Calver - Gavin is head of Youth for Christ and a popular writer and speaker. Youth for Christ is an organisation working with and for the local church to ensure that evangelism and youth work is relevant to local young people. Gavin will be coming with his wife Anne and their two children.||Jon Tattersall - Jon leads worship at St John's church in Birmingham, where he is currently Youth Pastor. Jon has a varied background – he has studied theology, worked for YFC, as well as for the Thames Valley Police, where he worked specifically with victims and witnesses of crime. He is married to Jennie and they have two daughters.|
|3rd June||Matt Huckle - Matt is an associate pastor at Testwood Baptist Church in Totton, and has a passion to serve the Lord in the local church and to see how the Lord uses him. He loves sport and is a massive Southampton FC fan. He is married to Emma, and she and their one-year-old son Jonah will be joining Matt here for the week.||Toby Ferguson - Toby has been working at St Francis Church Salisbury for the last 5 years, leading worship and 20's-30's ministry. After studying piano at Nexus he then went on to do his degree at Moorlands Theological College. His main passions in life other than Jesus and music are food and coffee which he loves with his wife Sophie.|
Judy Moore – A popular Spring Harvest speaker, and recognisable as ‘Helen Sloane’ from the diaries of the same name (written by Jeff Lucas), Judy’s original training was in acting. She was a ministry director for Saltmine Trust for a time, and now is the Pastoral Director for the Riverside Church in Birmingham.
Kristian Ponsford - Kristian is a worship leader, songwriter and Worship Central advisor. He led worship at Spring Harvest 2013, in the Distinctive venue. We are really excited that he will be leading us this week. He is married to Sophie.
|17th June||Gerard Kelly - Gerard and his wife Chrissie are co-founders of The Bless Network; a UK-based mission agency working with churches across mainland Europe. Now co-leader of a new international and ecumenical church in Normandy, Gerard has written several books, and can also be found praying on twitter (follow his popular tweets @twitturgies).||Karla Drader – Karla has been leading worship for 20 years, playing piano, guitar, and singing. She moved to France from Canada a few years ago and leads worship and organises the prayer room in her local Evangelical church. Currently a stay-at-home mum, Karla teaches English when she can, and otherwise focuses on writing music and songs.|
|24th June||Rachael Orrell - Rachael is the CEO of Saltmine Trust – the largest Christian theatre company in the UK. Formerly a member of the Spring Harvest leadership team, Rachael went on to research her MA on speaking and working in local churches. A regular speaker at events, Rachael is passionate about family, local church and God’s creation.||Tim Judson - Tim is a singer/songwriter who is passionate about communicating the fullness of the kingdom through music. He is a keen performer in the UK folk scene, and works for a fresh expression of church in Wolverhampton. Tim recently got engaged to Becca and they plan to get married this summer.|
|1st July||Colin Sinclair - Colin has been a regular speaker at LPO with his family since it opened. He is a Church of Scotland Minister at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh. He is also Chair of the SU International Council. Colin is married to Ruth and they have four children and one grandson.||Pete Willmot - Pete works as the Worship and Production Co-ordinator at St Paul's Hammersmith. Pete completed the Worship Central Academy and now works in a creative worship team that loves to explore new ways of worshipping together as part of the family of God. He loves sports, especially football, good coffee and fantastic food!|
|8th July||Elaine Duncan - Elaine is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society. The work of the Society is to support Bible work (translation, production and distribution) around the world and to encourage Bible engagement in Scotland.||Sue Rinaldi - Sue has been a regular contributor at Spring Harvest and other UK events, and leads workshops and seminars on worship, creativity, cultural issues and the voice. She has recently been investing time in her work as a creative trainer and consultant to churches in the UK, Norway and Ohio.|
|15th July||Damian Wharton - Damian is the pastor at City Church Belfast, a vibrant community of people seeking to make a genuine difference in all they say and do. He and his family have recently moved to Northern Ireland after living in Worcester for the past 10 years where Damian was Director of Mission for YFC. He is married to Andrea and they have three children.||Becky Frith - Becky has been working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for the past 18 years, during which time she has travelled to more than 30 countries, leading worship at seminars, conferences and local churches. Her desire is to see God transform lives through the arts. She currently lives and works in West Sussex, England.|
|22nd July||Roger Sutton - Roger is an ambassador for the Evangelical Alliance in England, and the leader of the Manchester unity network and the Gather movement. He also co-founded Reaching the Unchurched Network (RUN). He is married to Lesley, and they have four children and five grandchildren.||Erik Janssen – Erik brings his Dutch band to LPO this summer, after having played at New Wine Holland Kids during the past few years. In 2007 Erik spent a year with Causeway Coast Vineyard in Northern Ireland for an internship in worship leading and songwriting. He now works teaching English to young adults.|
Anna Norman-Walker and Gavin Tyte - Anna Norman-Walker has enjoyed holidays with her family at LPO for many years. Back in the UK, she is Diocesan Missioner and Canon Missioner at Exeter Cathedral, a role which keeps here closely in touch with local church life in her diocese.
Gavin is the vicar of Uplyme and Axmouth churches in Devon, as well as a writer, performer and broadcaster and the 2011winner of ITN’s Nativity Factor Competition.
John Gibson - Most importantly John is married to Nicky and is dad to three grown up children – ‘best kids in the world!’ He’s also on staff at Frontline Church Liverpool and is a worship leader and songwriter. John is best known for writing the song ‘Jesus We Celebrate Your Victory’.
|5th Aug||Mark and Cathy Madavan - Cathy is director of Mulberry Communications Consultancy and Mark is the Senior Minister of Locks Heath Free church. They'll be leading the ministry together, with Mark doing the morning Bible studies, and Cathy preaching at the evening celebration.||
Stuart Barbour - Stuart is a singer, songwriter orginially from Scotland. He now lives near Brighton in the UK. He has songs published and released by Universal, Integrity and Elevation Records.
|12th Aug||Mark Searle - Mark is married to Meg and they have four children. Mark leads a church in the heart of Torquay that is reaching broken families, the homeless, addicts and the unemployed. He has a passion for discipleship and authentic Christian living.||Chris Sayburn - Chris is the Worship & Creative Communications Pastor at St George's Church, Leeds. He's part of the New Wine worship leadership team, has led worship at Spring Harvest UK Conferences and is an advisor for Worship Central. He blogs at www.chrissayburn.com and loves twitter! (@chrissayburn)|
|19th Aug||Krish Kandiah - Krish is Executive Director: Churches in Mission and England Director for the UK Evangelical Alliance and has also penned many popular books, including Dysciples and Route 66.||Cathy Burton - Cathy is a musician, worship leader and song writer who has released three albums; most recently ‘Source of Every Hour’. Cathy has also been part of the worship team at various events including Spring Harvest, Soul Survivor and New Wine.|
|26th Aug||John Risbridger - John is minister and team leader at Above Bar church in Southampton, and is also the chairman of the Keswick convention, having been a trustee for several years.||Pete James - Pete is a full-time song writer and worship leader and is based at St Thomas Church Philadelphia in Sheffield. He combines the role alongside travelling with his band and leading worship at major Christian festivals and providing coaching at events in the UK and abroad. He is married to Nicola, and they have a 1-year old daughter. In his spare time he enjoys board sports and biking.|
|2 Sept - Houseparty||Jools Hamilton - Jools is a Methodist minister, currently working in Dublin Central Mission as Student Chaplain to Trinity college Dublin. He has spoken at Spring Harvest for a number of years, and is looking forward to his first visit to LPO and The Houseparty.||Matthew and Helen Gallagher - Matthew and Helen will be leading the worship together this week. They have both been part of the worship team at the Detling UK summer celebration since 2004. They are part of St. Luke's, Maidstone.|