Bible study & worship

Check out what our guests have to say about the way Bible study and worship integrates into a relaxed holiday. These optional morning and evening sessions last less than 60 minutes but are an important part of the holiday experience for many guests.

Scroll down the page for a list of speakers and worship leaders through the season.

Bible study outdoors

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. From July to the end of August, with kids’ clubs running concurrently with the Bible studies, 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, 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.

Every organised activity will be planned carefully to conform to the latest French government restrictions and advice regarding Covid-19. Since the situation is ever-changing, please see here for our latest information.

Speakers & worship leaders

5 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!

    Jim Rogers
    Jim rogers

    Jim is on the staff of Freedom Church Romsey.

    He first led worship at LPO in 2017, and together with his wife and two children he has been back every year since!

      12 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!

        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.

          19 July
          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.

            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.

            26 July
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            We'll update you soon about the speaker for this week.

              Matt Marvane
              Matt Marvane

              Matt is a musician and songwriter whose music has reached into the mainstream world alongside his worship leading. He loves music and he loves Jesus. With several albums to his name, including collaboration with world-renowned songwriter Paul Baloche, he is one of France's most influential worship leaders and it will be a privilege to welcome him to Le Pas Opton. Matt serves as a church pastor in Lyon and previously studied theology in the UK.

                2 August
                Gavin and Anne Calver
                Calvers

                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 an accredited Baptist minister, 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. At 17, he became involved with YWAM and now works with Worship Central.

                  Kees has released a number of albums and now leads worship both in his native Netherlands and internationally.

                    9 August
                    Pete & Nicki Sims
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                    Pete and Nicki are worship leaders and songwriters and are also the senior leaders at their amazing home church, CGC Chelmsford.

                      Sam Blake
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                      Sam is a British Worship Leader, musician and songwriter, based in West London. Married to Rachel, they have four children; Caleb, Levi, Talitha & Naomi. Sam currently serves as both the Worship Pastor of a large, vibrant multi-ethnic Elim church, in Ealing, and as National Director for Elim Sound.

                        16 August
                        Lisa Holmes
                        Lisa Holmes

                        Lisa is Lead Minister of Skipton Baptist Church and was formerly a UCCF staff worker. She lists coffee and cake among her interests, so you’ll probably find her in our Vendée Vous coffee shop at Le Pas Opton!

                          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.

                            23 August
                            Rachel Jordan-Wolf
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                            Rachel is Chief Executive of Hope Together, a catalyst bringing churches together to transform their communities. She was previously an advisor on evangelism to the Archbishop of Canterbury. She has a PhD in church history, and has worked amongst prostitutes and drug addicts in Amsterdam’s red light district.

                            John Fisher
                            John fisher

                            John Fisher played drums for Chaka Khan, Mica Paris, Denise Williams and London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) before starting IDMC Gospel Choir. IDMC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 with a 30-date international tour.

                            Steeped in Gospel music from an early age, John has worked with LCGC’s Basil Meade and Karen Gibson of Kingdom Choir, now famous for their part in the 2018 Royal Wedding.

                            John’s schools project We sing, U sing has helped thousands of young people to learn and experience Gospel music for themselves – including spectacular finale concerts with the IDMC choir and band. His teaching experience, musical genius and above all his love for Jesus Christ blend together as he leads and inspires at LPO in 2021.

                            30 August
                            Beatrice Smith
                            Beatrice Smith

                            Beatrice lives in Manchester where she's part of a massive church but also host, with her husband of church-at-home called The Table. She speaks and preaches, works part-time for Spring Harvest, loves bringing up her two children and speaks French plus quite a few other languages.

                            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.

                              6 September
                              Elaine Duncan
                              Elaine Duncan

                              Elaine is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society. Elaine’s passion is to help people know God better through engaging with the Bible. Originally from Cumbria, Elaine now lives and works in Scotland. She love being outdoors, usually walking her pal’s two dogs.

                                TBC
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                                  13 September
                                  Chris Sinkinson
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                                  When he’s not lecturing at Moorlands College or doing an archaeological dig in Gallilee, Dr Chris Sinkinson may be found playing board games.

                                  He has written various books and articles, and also speaks at churches and events and on radio, around the UK and beyond.

                                    James Bothamley
                                    20 September
                                    Mike & Sandy Fitton
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                                    Mike is UK National Chairman of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He and Sandy travel across the UK and beyond, often by motorbike of course, speaking at bikers gatherings and churches.

                                      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.