New Creative Workshops 2016


Taking place on Saturday afternoons, the addition of these workshops is to equip and inspire musicians, singers, songwriters and anyone involved in praise and worship ministry. Hear from individuals from the Embrace team who not only contribute to worship worldwide but who are committed to raising up passionate worshippers in the local church. Workshops will primarily explore musicianship, worship leading, vocals, team dynamics and more. 


The afternoon will start with a short time of acoustic worship led by one of the Embrace team followed by a keynote session with Lara Martin entitled 'Embrace the Call’ (see description). The rest of the afternoon will be given over to a choice of two workshops running simultaneously.

- The Musician

- The Vocalist

Both workshops will include a short time of Q&A


The Musician

Here are just a few things that may be covered in this workshop

  • Lifestyle of a musician
  • Ministry versus performance
  • Creating one sound
  • Team dynamics both musical and relational
  • Leading worship with an instrument
  • The prophetic and flow
  • Productive team rehearsals

Followed by a short time of Q&A


The Vocalist

Here are just a few things that may be covered in this workshop

  • Using your voice as an instrument
  • Leading worship without an instrument
  • Team dynamics both musical and relational
  • Singing a New Song
  • The prophetic and flow
  • Harmony and blend

Followed by a short time of Q&A

This is a practical workshop and will involve group singing


Keynote Session with Lara Martin: ‘Embrace the Call’:

Every thriving worship team has a strong team dynamic with each person playing their part to the full. How do we know what our unique part is and how do we express this individually and collectively? Hear from Lara as she shares Biblical truths and practical keys from her 20+ years experience that will help develop a united, committed and effective worship team whatever the size. 


Schedule Example:


12:30pm      Registration

1:00pm        Acoustic worship led by one of the Embrace team

1:30pm        Keynote: Lara Martin

2:15pm        Comfort break

2:30pm        Workshops: The Musician & The Vocalist running                                     simultaneously

4:00pm        End*


*A ticket for the afternoon workshops will gain you free entry into the evening Embrace worship night at 7:15pm.


Venue Specific Workshops:


Sat 21st May 2016 1pm – 4pm The Foundry Church WIDNES

Keynote: ‘Embrace the Call’ with Lara Martin

Workshop 1: The Musician with Steve Thompson

Workshop 2: The Vocalist with Lou Fellingham

Venue Details: The Foundry Church, 63-65 Lugsdale Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 6DA


Sat 18th June 2016 1pm – 4pm All Saints Church ILKLEY

Keynote: ‘Embrace the Call’ with Lara Martin

Workshop 1: The Musician with Steve Thompson

Workshop 2: The Vocalist with Lou Fellingham

Venue Details: All Saints Church, Church Street, Ilkley, LS29 9DS West Yorkshire


Sat 25th June 2016 1pm – 4pm Bethany Community Church GATLEY

Keynote: ‘Embrace the Call’ with Lara Martin

Workshop 1: The Musician with Lloyd Gordon

Workshop 2: The Vocalist with Donna Akodu

Venue Details: Bethany Community Church, 100 Church Road, Gatley, Cheadle, SK8 4NQ


Sat 9th July 2016 1pm – 4pm City Temple Church CARDIFF

Keynote: ‘Embrace the Call’ with Lara Martin

Workshop 1: The Musician with Steve Thompson

Workshop 2: The Vocalist with Vel Thompson

Venue Details: City Temple Church, Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF11 9AD



£7 per person including entry into the Embrace Worship Night.



Prior booking is necessary in order that we plan and prepare effectively for each workshop with each venue having an allocated room size. You can register on line or with your nearest venue direct.


Workshop Teachers:


The Musician

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson has served in the music ministry along with his wife Velveta for over 30 years. They are the founders of Beracah Music International and have travelled to over 100 countries worldwide. After studying at Bible College in Germany, Steve went on to work extensively with Graham Kendrick as his Musical Director. Steve is also known for his worship leading, seminar teaching, song writing, music directing and accompanying various International worship leaders and secular artists. Steve also serves as a part-time lecturer at London School of Theology.


The Musician

Lloyd Gordon

Lloyd worked as a professional musician for many years, for high profile artists from around the world. While on tour, Lloyd had an encounter with the Lord in a hotel room that changed his life forever. He felt God clearly tell him to leave the secular industry and follow him.

Since then Lloyd has become a sought after Speaker and Musical Director who travels extensively across the UK, Europe and various parts of the world, creating a wide network of partnerships and alliances across denominational, cultural, geographical and racial lines. 


The Vocalist

Lou Fellingham

Lou’s distinctive voice and heart for people have distinguished her as a much loved singer, worship leader and recording artist. If you listen to contemporary Christian music, chances are that you have already heard Lou’s beautiful voice. Lou has just released her 4th solo album “Fascinate” with Integrity Music and she features on countless compilation albums with artists such as Stuart Townend - notably singing a version of his famous song ‘In Christ Alone’. Lou has a desire for people to be strengthened and encouraged through music and song.


The Vocalist

Donna Akodu:

Donna Akodu is a singer, songwriter, worship leader and recording artist. For over 20 years her ministry has taken her all across the world. Donna regularly leads worship and teaches at conferences and other events as well as being the worship/vocal coordinator for the Kingdom Worship Movement. Donna is passionate about the Saviour she is singing about and wants those that she leads to experience the joy that true worship brings. To date she has released two solo albums ‘When heaven breaks in and Butterfly. Donna is a worship leader at Oasis church Colliers Wood, London She is married to Abdul and has two children, Nathaniel and Rachel.


The Vocalist

Velveta Thompson

Velveta has been a worship leader for over 30 years with her husband Steve. They are also conference speakers and directors of a children’s conference at London School of Theology, as well as being consultants to many churches in the UK and abroad.

Velveta’s main vocation is to her husband and two daughters, Esther, 13 and Velisha, 21. Family time is her passion, saying “The most precious time is when we all have our guitars and worship in the lounge at home”.

Velveta is the daughter of a Minister and grew up in church singing from the age of three. Alongside her husband, Velveta has worked with Graham Kendrick for over 20 years and is eager to see women released into their God given destiny, embracing all that God has for them.