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Houses of Parliament (James Blunt CC-BY-ND-2.0)

It goes without saying that this has been a tumultuous week for our nation politically. We have had a vote which divided the country nearly straight down the middle. This split has been more or less the same across almost every demographic and geography – England, the South East, and indeed Southampton City – all around the 50/50 mark.

We’ve produced this short prayer guide to help you to focus your prayers through the coming weeks.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercess

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27 June 2016

The Real Deal

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What do you do when all hope seems lost?
Where do you go when you’ve reached rock bottom?

On Sunday morning, Above Bar Church listened to the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32), and then heard from a man with his own prodigal son story.

His name is Rod Williams, the founder of Real Deal Ministries, a ministry to the lost and the broken. He and his wife Kate also work with Christians Against Poverty.

Fourteen years ago, hooked on heroine and gambling, and owing thousands to a man threate

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Spain trip 2015 - 2

When you think of Spain, you might think of lying on a sun-soaked beach or sipping sangría in a beautiful plaza. However, for a group of us heading to Spain our (main!) aim is not to top up our tans or sample Spanish cuisine, but to share Jesus’s love with the people in two rural Spanish towns.

From 11 to 25 July this summer, a team of students and young people from Above Bar Church are going to Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo, in Córdoba province, to partner with Peter and Kate Knowlson. Peter and Kate a

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We bring a small contribution to the table and then we have the privilege to see how God multiplies and uses it.

Consider this: when Jesus fed five thousand with two fish and five loaves everyone was satisfied and those who served had lots left for themselves. (Matthew 14:13-21)

It will be exciting and fun so don’t miss out!

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Father’s Day was a great opportunity to celebrate that as Christians we can call God our heavenly Father – a chance for us to reflect on the family of God, as well as to thank those who fulfil fathering roles in our lives.

However, amidst the thanksgiving traditionally associated with Father’s Day, we also need to acknowledge that in our church congregations, such days bring a mix of feelings. There will be those who don’t have a good relationship with their father, or who had an absent father.

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