Feature Weeks

Every week is a holiday week at Le Pas Opton. Check out these options to add something special to your holiday, from a spiritual retreat to a gathering of Board gamers.

Our worship leaders this week are members of the award-winning IDMC Gospel Soul Choir. They will be offering Gospel singing workshops and the week will include a highlight Gospel worship concert.

Guests young and old will have the chance to learn up close from highly experienced Gospel musicians and singers. Join the workshops and you'll also be able to join the concert choir at the weekend when more musicians will fly out from the UK to climax this special week.

Gospel Choir Holiday

21 August - 28 August

Speakers & worship leaders

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.”

Bob Goody
Bob Goody

Bob is part of the leadership team at Youth for Christ where he oversees all their missional and evangelistic ministry, whether that be face to face through events and residentials, through to their engagement with young people online, as well as training others to do likewise. He is married to the beautiful Bec, and they have a little boy called Reuben. On a side note, he recently completed an MA in Mission, is an ex-LPO Programme Manager, and can’t resist a good cup of coffee.

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      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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          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!

            Luke Bacon
            Luke Bacon

            Luke is a London based singer, songwriter and worship leader. His journey has seen him live in five countries, spending many years in Botswana before settling in the UK in his teens. As well as writing and performing his own music, Luke is passionate about leading worship and has been involved in leading at churches, events and festivals across the UK and Europe.

              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.

                  Joe & Stacey McSharry
                  Mc Sharry

                  Joe and Stacey live in Loughborough with their 2 brilliant boys. The first decade of their married life was spent serving on the Senior Leadership Team at Open Heaven, where they co-led its 18-30s congregation until last year. Since moving on from those roles, they are pursuing the call to love where they live, with a shared heart for community engagement and justice. They home educate their children which makes for a wonderful adventure as a family. Joe spent 3 summers as a courier at LPO, a long time ago!

                    Sue Rinaldi
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                    Sue loves LPO and has led worship as well as spoken at LPO over the years. She travels internationally to help churches and individuals develop their worship. She also works with our sister companies in the Essential Christian group to develop artists and music products.

                      Teressa Edwards
                      Teressa Edwards

                      Teressa works in PR and marketing and has sung both professionally and for fun all her life. She's worked for several years with John Fisher BEM on the entire suite of services related to IDMC Gospel Choir. She also finds time to be a presenter for liferadio.uk.

                      IDMC
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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.

                      Courtney Hoilett
                      Courtney Hoilett

                      Courtney is a "veteran" member of IDMC Gospel choir whose first worship-leading visit to LPO was way back around 2009!

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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.

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                            Bob & Rachel Retallick-Cheel
                            Retallick Cheel

                            Bob and Rachel Retallick-Cheel are worship leaders at St Boniface Church, Quinton. Founding members of worship collective MULTITUDE, they have also led worship at events for British Youth For Christ and Moorlands Bible College.

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