Bible study & worship

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Find out what they think about Bible study and worship fitting into a relaxed holiday.

Scroll further down the page for a list of 2023 speakers and worship leaders.

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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 thought provoking and provide spiritual food for the day. With kids’ clubs running concurrently with the Bible studies (from May half term to 2 September), you can sit back and relax with the peace of mind that our team of children’s workers are looking after your little ones.

Then, later in the day, evening celebrations are a great place to join with family and new friends for a short time of worship, prayer and a short talk.

On Sunday morning the week culminates in a family celebration, with kids presenting a drama, song or story from their groups. The whole service is family-focused, with all-age worship, prayer and preaching.

Speakers & worship leaders

15 May
Tom & Ruth Duncanson
Tom Duncanson

Tom has been a Baptist minister for over 30 years. Prior to becoming Minister of a church in Heathfield East Sussex four years ago, he worked for nearly seven years as Hospice Chaplain in Eastbourne. Married to Ruth, he has two children called Helen & Mark, as well as seven grandchildren.

    David & Melanie Churchyard
    David Churchyard

    David & Melanie have been sharing their faith and encouraging fellow pilgrims on their journey with Jesus for more than 30 years. They have served in church leadership and worked for various Christian trusts and charities. David is a song writer and musician who has also written several murder-mystery plays!

      22 May
      Micha Jazz
      Micha Jazz

      Micha is Guardian of St. Cuthbert's Oratory, a home of prayer, reflection and retreat. A qualified spiritual director, spiritual coach and retreat leader, he is the writer of the popular daily Bible reading notes Every Day with Jesus.

      “Over the past few years my wife Jayne and I have enabled many people to find new rhythms, greater depth and fresh life in their relationship with God” says Micha. “We’re excited and looking forward to sharing with guests at Le Pas Opton in its unique holiday environment.”

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        27 May
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            5 June
            Gareth Hillier
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            Gareth, often known as Gaz, is the Faith in the Family Networker at Care for the Family. He is a church leader with a passion for equipping churches and parents to build and inspire faith in the home as well as reach and impact the communities around them. Gaz is a passionate, sport-loving Welshman married to Lois and they have two young children. As a family they love to travel and go on adventures – the next one will be in France in June!

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                12 June
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                    19 June
                    Rachael Orrell
                    Rachael Orrell

                    Rachael is CEO of Saltmine Theatre Company. She has also been a speaker at Spring Harvest for many years. Passionate about the Bible, creative communication and building God's church, she's been a regular favourite at LPO for many years.

                      Dave Stephenson
                      Dave Stephenson

                      Dave leads one of the congregations of Rising Brook Church in Stafford – the church led by regular Spring Harvest speaker Martin Young. He studied music and worship at Nexus Academy and music production at Staffordshire University.

                        26 June
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                            3 July
                            Brian More
                            Brian More

                            Brian leads the team at Newton Mearns Baptist church in Glasgow and is involved with Spring Harvest.

                            A former fisherman, he likes the challenge of teaching the Bible in today’s society. Married to Janet, they have two children who are LPO fans!

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                                10 July
                                Lisa Holmes
                                Lisa Holmes

                                Lisa is a Baptist Minister with over 25 years experience. She has recently joined the National Team of the Baptist Union of Scotland prioritising caring for ministers & encouraging spiritual formation & discipleship. She’s also part of the Spring Harvest Planning Group & a member of the EA Council. She is married to Mike with 2 young adult children, loves music, the outdoors and drinking coffee.

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                                    17 July
                                    Damian Wharton
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                                    Damian is the general director of Scripture Union Northern Ireland who have a vision to see all people transformed by God’s good news.

                                    In his spare time you’ll find him spending time with his family, going out for a run or drinking good coffee!

                                      Jafeth & Sifra Bekx
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                                      Jafeth and Sifra are passionate about worship, music and God's world. They are the heart of Dutch worship band Insalvation. Jafeth wrote the song Fill this House with your Glory which has been recorded on Spring Harvest's live album by Kees Kraayenoord. They are fluent in English and looking forward to leading an international gathering in praise. Jafeth & Sifra have two young daughters.

                                      24 July
                                      Clive Burnard
                                      Clive Burnard

                                      Clive is a Baptist Regional Minister who has led and planted a number of churches in a lifetime of Christian leadership. Passionate about Jesus, his Church and his disciples, he has preached, taught and trained Christian leaders and teams in the UK and internationally.

                                        Dave & Bettina Prigent
                                        David and Bettina Prigent

                                        Dave and Bettina have been leaders of the French worship band "Antydot" for 20 years. They love to bring people closer to God through worship and song and also love to worship with their 3 children.

                                          31 July
                                          Gavin & Anne Calver
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                                          Gavin is the CEO of the Evangelical Alliance and has been involved with Spring Harvest for most of his life. He is passionate about seeing the local Church fulfil its calling to take the gospel of Jesus into every community.

                                          Anne is pioneering Unleashed Church, and has co-authored three books. She is passionate about seeing people meet Jesus and released to grow into all their potential in Him.

                                            Kees Kraayenoord
                                            Kees Kraaynoord

                                            Kees grew up in the traditional Dutch Reformed Church. After work with YWAM and a calling to be a worship leader, Kees now leads worship both in his native Netherlands and internationally (he has released several albums). Kees and Nicole founded, and now pastor, a church movement in The Netherlands called Mozaiek.

                                              7 August
                                              Martin Young
                                              Martin Young

                                              Martin has been leading the work of Rising Brook Church in Stafford for over 20 years with an emphasis on church planting, social transformation and cross-cultural mission overseas. He is now working with churches and leaders, pursuing evangelism, and running projects that engage people with the creativity of the Kingdom of Heaven. He is the Chair of the Spring Harvest Board of Directors.

                                                Stu Barbour
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                                                Originally from Scotland, songwriter Stu Barbour now lives with his family in West Sussex where he is the worship pastor at The Point Church of England in Burgess Hill. As well as writing songs about his Christian faith, he writes songs about social justice and the environment.

                                                Recently he has had the privilege of taking some of his worship team from The Point to lead worship at prayer meetings for the government at The Houses of Parliament in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft.

                                                  14 August
                                                  Phil Knox
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                                                  Phil Knox is the head of mission to young adults at the Evangelical Alliance. He lives to see people come to know Jesus and Christians inspired and equipped to share their faith.

                                                  He has a passion for his generation, the local church, loves learning and has degrees in law and mission and evangelism.

                                                  Phil is married to Dani and they have two sons, Caleb and Jos.

                                                    Cathy Burton
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                                                    Cathy is a singer and songwriter, working in acoustic and dance music.

                                                    She is also a worship leader and part of Revelation Church, Chichester.

                                                    Cathy tours UK churches, partnering with MAF to promote their vital work in the developing world.

                                                      21 August
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                                                        IDMC includes up to 25 members from various Christian backgrounds plus a small group of professional musicians. They have amassed nine albums including one recorded at Le Pas Opton in 2012.

                                                        The choir were finalists in BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year in 2018 when they also won Premier Radio’s Gospel Choir of the Year and an Urban Music Award for Best Gospel Act 2018.

                                                        28 August
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                                                            4 September
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                                                              Matt Brooksbank
                                                              Matt Brooksbank

                                                              Matt is a worship leader from Scarborough, North Yorkshire and regularly leads worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Hope Whitby. Along with his wife Emily, they run Re-fuel worship ministry and lead a young adults group at their local church.

                                                                11 September
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                                                                    18 September
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