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“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it”

John 1:5

“This feels like the Christmas verse for this present moment. The global pandemic has darkened our world, its effects being felt in isolation, economic recession, social decay, ill health (mental and physical) and death. Disabling uncertainty abounds and hope is in short supply, but the light that dawned on the first Christmas is a light that shines in the darkness – and still burns unquenchably.” John Risbridger, Minister. 

We’ll be updating this page over the next few weeks as (inevitably) some plans may change, so make sure you check back to keep up to date with the latest developments. 


All of our in-person services will require registration, via our Eventbrite page. Registration will close at 11.30pm on the Thursday prior to each event, and further information about the booking process is outlined within each event on Eventbrite. 

This year’s Christmas programme

Christmas Day:

10am: Christmas Celebration (online only)

10.15am: East Zoom Service

Sunday 27th December:

10am: Streamed service (online only)

Sunday 3rd January: 

10am: City in-person and live-streamed service (Note there will be no childrens groups in the building, but there will be Families Together for families with under 11s on Zoom) Register to attend in-person here.

4pm: Preach & Pray (online only)

Alpha Course

Millions of people have tried Alpha all around the world, and have found out more about the Christian faith, about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, about the reliability of the evidence we have for the claims of the Christian faith.

In an uncertain world, where truth is in short supply, why not come and find out for yourself. Is there more to Jesus than you currently think? Jesus claimed he himself is the Truth, the Way, and the Life... what did he mean by that?"

We will be running Alpha online on Thursday evenings in the New Year, starting on 14th January at 7.30pm.

To express interest, please email alpha@abovebarchurch.org.uk, or you can read more here.

Christmas Appeal


Our Christmas appeal this year will be split between 2 charities. 50% of the funds will go to helping displaced families through Heart for Lebanon.

Heart for Lebanon have been hard to work this year supporting the communities in Lebanon in with blankets, mattresses, wood stoves, teachers’ salaries and other necessities. It will also go towards further supporting families affected by the explosion in Beirut in August 2020.

The other 50% of the funds raised will support Basics Bank. Money donated to Basics Bank will go towards providing food and basic essentials to those who have fallen under the poverty line in our city. These food parcels often make a big difference to those who are struggling to make ends meet. In 2020 so far, Basics Bank has fed 14,220 people with their busiest month still to go – up nearly 20% from last year.

Please consider giving, to help care and support reach people who need it most. You can give online by using this link.