Every one of us has a unique story. We have our own way of seeing the world. 

God has a plan and He wants you, in all your uniqueness, to help make it happen. 

Is the world right now, to you, looking like a good place? 

What does it look like from where you stand? Is it full of possibilities and potential? Or is the world right now, to you filled with questions, sadness, grief and pain. Do you see broken hearts and hopeless situations? 

God isn’t looking for perfect people. He wants to use you to make a difference. 

To bring healing, goodness, truth, salvation, mercy and He wants the kingdom to break through and He wants to do it through you just as you are. 



Our Speakers



Author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith.

Writer and blogger. Sometimes preacher. Unqualified theologian. Recovering know-it-all.

Wife to Brian. Mum to four tinies. Western Canadian, born and raised and forever.

Happy-clappy Jesus follower. Social justice wannabe. Bookworm. Devotee of British television.

Total hugger.


Part time Community Pastor, Part time counsellor and leader in Kings Church, Bangor. Full-time imperfect wife to Glen and mum of five little ones who keep my feet well and truly planted in reality, grace and mess. Trying hard to pursue joy at all times in the midst of the mess and imperfection and I love being part of the risk taking adventure that Jesus calls us to as the church.



In North Africa and living life and loving God. 

(Living and working in a part of the world that requires us to keep her identity private.)

At the conference there will be times when we gather together to share stories, to encourage one another and to learn from others. But most importantly we will spend time together worshipping Jesus. We will have two worship leaders over the weekend who will lead us in sung worship and times of waiting on God:


Jude Frame

Jude has been involved in leading worship for a number of years in a variety of different contexts and absolutely loves it! She is married to Andrew and they have two daughters, Lucie and Niamh. They are part of the family at Kings Church in Bangor, where Jude is one of the worship leaders.  In her spare time Jude is a music teacher in a primary school. 





Stephen Mayes

Stephen is married to Abby, they live in Belfast and are part of the lead team at Re:Hope Belfast. Stephen is a worship leader, song writer and creative. He carries a prophetic voice and a deep desire for God's presence. Stephen facilitates an atmosphere that encourages joy, teaches intimacy and empowers freedom.


Andrea Wharton has invested in many people over the years and is a great friend to many all around N.I and U.K. She is funny and loves people with an incredible sense of fun and worth. 
We are so excited to have her as part of our conference. 
Andrea is a passionate and creative speaker, whose approach to the Bible is as accessible as it is inspiring. She preaches with great humour and draws on real life experiences to go deeper with God.  She has a wealth of experience in church leadership, currently serving on the leadership team at City Church Belfast. Andrea works in a school, is married to Damian, has 3 children and a dog, Barkley.


Mel Wiggins is a wife of one, mother of two, an activist and a writer. She is the Co-Founder and Coordinator of Freedom Acts, a project preventing trafficking and exploitation in Northern Ireland. Mel is committed to pursuing and showcasing the good in the world through her writing. She blogs, runs online courses and hosts events for creative women and loves to talk about ethical living, parenting, womanhood and creativity.

Mel will be leading a workshop on how women can be voices for justice in the everyday.



Carrie Lindsay

Disciple, daughter, sister, auntie, niece, friend, children’s counselor, foster carer, would-be adopter. ‘Speaker’ is conspicuously absent from this list! I would much rather be sitting chatting to you one-to-one over a cuppa, that is definitely more my thing! But this is a season of stepping out of the comfort zone and being stretched. I love hearing people’s stories and the power of sharing them, and so here I find myself sharing mine with you, from where I stand.

I love Jesus, people, community, foster care, hope and seeing God transform, redeem and bring beauty out of ashes.

I work for Barnardo’s as a counselor in primary schools, am a respite foster carer and my spiritual home is the Church of the Resurrection in Belfast. 


Julie Burgess

Hey there I’m Julie!  I am an emergency and respite foster carer in the Belfast Trust for 5 years now. This has been my greatest teacher in understanding God’s fierce love  for His children. I am a champion with ‘Home for Good’ which advocates for the need of vulnerable children and young people in care. My home church is Carrick Vineyard which is my strong village!  I have a background in CBT counselling and youth Work. One of my proudest achievements to date has been writing my way out of two parking tickets - it’s the small victories!

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Pauline Wilson

When a part of your body is broken, you get sympathy. When your emotions are broken, you feel shame. Mental health still carries a stigma. 

Pauline Wilson is a biblical counsellor who fought with the Black Dog of depression herself and knew firsthand some of the stigma associated with it. She has a passion to debunk the myths around mental health and to create safe places to talk about it. Pauline also works at Belfast Bible College, where she is responsible for community life and pastoral care. 



First Bangor Presbyterian Church

The conference will begin at 7pm on Friday 9th March at First Bangor Presbyterian Church (the full address is at the bottom of this page). We'll gather together for worship and then Sarah Bessey will be our main speaker for the evening. We'll finish around 9pm.

Saturday am

First Bangor Presbyterian Church 

Saturday morning we'll begin with a time of worship together and then Janine Mitchell and Sarah Bessey will be speaking. We'll have a short break and then Sarah Bessey will be doing a Question and Answer session. We'll then break for lunch. 


Saturday pm

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

For Saturday afternoon we'll be running a series of seminars with local women who are influencing and inspiring others to make a difference. These include  Mel Wiggins, Carrie Lindsay, Julie Burgess and Andrea Wharton. (See bios above).

Saturday evening we'll be back again from 7pm with worship and teaching from Clare, who lives and works in North Africa (see bio above). 


Kings Church Bangor

Sarah Bessey will be speaking at Kings Church Bangor on Sunday morning - to which you are warmly invited! The morning meeting begins at 10.30am. 



First Bangor Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Bangor, Co Down, BT20 4AG (opposite Asda Supermarket). Map here.

Kings Church, 196 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5HA (next door to the Jamaica Inn). Map here.

If you're traveling from out of town, check out our list of accommodations!


> > H O T E L S < <

Clandeboye Lodge Hotel
Address: 10 Estate Road Bangor BT19 1UR
Tel: 028 9185 2500
Clandeboye is a very short drive away from Bangor town centre.

Marine Court Hotel
18-20 Quay Street, Bangor BT20 5ED
028 9145 1100

The Salty Dog
10-12 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5EY
028 9127 0696
The Marine Court and the Salty Dog are located in the centre of Bangor.


> > S E L F - C A T E R I N G / B + Bs < <

Astala Lodge
Address: 45-46 Queens Parade, Bangor, BT203BH
Tel: 028 9189 8389
12 rooms

Cairn Bay Lodge
Address: 278 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5HS
Tel: 028 9146 7636 / 07551 367607
3 rooms

Shelleven Guest House
Address: 61 Princetown Road, Bangor, BT20 3TA
Tel: 028 9127 1777
11 rooms

Hargreaves House
Address: 78 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5EZ
Tel: 028 9146 4701 / 07980585047
3 rooms

Snug Harbour
Address: 144 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5EZ
Tel: 028 9145 4328 / 07835 338252
5 rooms

Ennislare House
Address: 7/9 Princetown Road, Bangor, BT20 3TA
Tel: 028 9127 0858 / 07759 168577
10 rooms

Bangor Bay View Apartment
Address: 116 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5EZ
Tel: 07790 918976
2 bedrooms, sleeps 3

Address: 62 Queens Parade, Bangor, BT20 3BH
Tel: 028 9146 1423 / 07709 395357
5 bedrooms, sleeps 10

High Tide Cottage
Address: 9 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5HA
Tel: 07836 637637
2 bedrooms, sleeps 4



This conference location is: 

First Bangor Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Bangor, Co Down, BT20 4AG



The Conference is hosted by Kings Church Bangor