"This is a really challenging and uncertain time for us all, but I believe it is also the opportunity of a lifetime for the church to be the most alive, connected and transforming community on earth. God is working in extraordinary ways, and if we all play our part we can see many lives transformed and the light of Jesus shining brilliantly in the darkness" — John Risbridger, Minister
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There are three key priorities in the way that we want to respond to Coronavirus (Covid-19). They are Loving God, Loving our city and world and Loving each other, and you can see more about each of these below.
For that response we really need each other, so we have some great ways of keeping in touch that you can connect with:
- Above Bar Church digital community on Facebook »
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We are taking enquiries via email to email@example.com and by calling us on 023 8022 8275.
Online services and family resources
Befriending vulnerable people and helping them get essential supplies
Using social media to keep praying, bible-studying, and encouraging each other
This is a tough time for each of us and for our society. We believe that God is calling us to trust him more; and to help each other walk with him.
Reading blogs can be a great way to inspire and encourage you in your walk with God.
You can send a prayer request to 07874 114852, at any time, and one of the prayer team will be in touch with you within 24 hours.
Remember, you can also sign up to our prayer emails by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deep lessons in the time of pandemic: audio podcasts
Chris Webb and others help us reflect on this time of pandemic: listen online here »
Loving our city & world
Above Bar Church is working with other churches to provide a centralised church response to the Coronavirus crisis. This partnership is called Love Southampton.
Love Southampton are gathering volunteers to refer people to specialist partners and provide phone support for those in need of befriending and practical support for those in need of essential supplies.
- For full details of the partners, go to the Love Southampton website »
- If you are in need of support or would like to refer someone for support, please complete your details on this form »
- If you would like to volunteer with the churches to help the city, please express your interest on this form »
Loving our city is not only about city-wide projects. It’s about the way we care for people around us, in the places we live and work. This is a great time to use WhatsApp groups to connect with our neighbours – offering to support practically and pray for them.
Beirut explosion appeal
The devastating explosion in Lebanon has resulted in significant numbers dead and thousands left injured, including 1,500 who have sustained life-changing injuries. We have an opportunity to partner with one of the 8 churches via Heart for Lebanon, to support them in their work with at least 50 families, through prayer and giving, in a critical period between now and Christmas. We’re asking ministries and communities in the church to support this work in prayer and consider raising £44 a month for 3 months. If you’d like to donate, you can do so on our Giving page, via online transfer (bank details) or by posting a cheque to the church office. Please make it clear you are donating for Heart for Lebanon. We will not be holding a Harvest appeal this year but instead focusing on the need in Lebanon.
Loving each other
None of us can look after everyone, but all of us can look out for some people, to make sure they don’t end up isolated or disconnected.
Our home-groups have been very much the front-line of pastoral care. We are encouraging all church members and those who attend Above Bar Church to be connected to a home-group even if you cannot attend regularly. If you would like to join a home-group, please email email@example.com and we’ll do our best to link you with one.
The pastoral care team supports people facing hard situations and helps people build lives and relationships which honour Jesus. To get in touch with the Pastoral Care team, please email Sally Campbell-Taylor.
Between October 2020 and February 2021 we will be hosting a series of Pastoral Seminars on Zoom. Find out more about these here.
Mental health resources
Visit these helpful websites with resources to help you during lockdown:
Advice in domestic abuse situations
At this time many people are finding life harder, and there has been a notable rise in domestic abuse within our city. For confidential advice, information and support for professionals and victims experiencing domestic abuse you can contact the Pippa Helpline. Helpline available Monday to Friday.
In an emergency, always call 999. If you are not able to speak, key 55 then follow any instructions you can from the operator.
Supporting our healthcare professionals
The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) has produced a wide range of resources (including news, prayers, devotionals) to help healthcare professionals during the pandemic, including online prayer at 7pm every day. CMF is also planning an online conference on Saturday 25th April with various seminars, Bible sessions and breakout rooms for discussion, prayer & networking in specialties.
Together with Evangelical Alliance, CMF has also produced a set of videos with guidance for the rest of the church family on how they can support healthcare professionals in their congregations.
If you are on Facebook, the Above Bar Church Digital Community is a great way to keep in touch, and share some encouragements and challenges.
Maybe you have ideas for how to support others locally? Or to support a family member, a single parent or an older person with Coronavirus? How is your family during this time? Share your ideas on the Facebook group or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org