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John Risbridger 2019"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

There are three key priorities in the way that we want to respond to Coronavirus (Covid-19). They are Loving GodLoving our city 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:

We are taking enquiries via email to office@abovebarchurch.org.uk – and we have set up a mobile phone number that will be available during normal office hours (9.00am-4.00pm) - 07395 320736.

What you need to know this week — from Monday 6 April

Loving God

Online services, daily devotions and family resources

loving our city

Befriending vulnerable people and helping them get essential supplies

Loving each other

Using social media to keep praying, bible-studying, and encouraging each other

Sunday service at 10am

Each Sunday morning we will be together online at 10am. Visit our live page for details »

Responding to the Easter message? Read more here about finding hope during Coronavirus »

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Loving God

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.

Sharing Hope: Daily Devotions videos

View the full playlist on our YouTube channel »

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Family resources

Visit these helpful websites to nurture your family’s spiritual health:

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Loving our city

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.

The work of Basics Bank continues, and it will be ever more vital. Visit the Southampton City Mission website for the latest on the needs of Basics Bank and how we can assist.

Safe Families are also supporting vulnerable families in Southampton through befriending and practical resources. You can volunteer with Safe Families via this form to help meet practical requests from families (select ‘providing resource’) or befriend families over the phone or internet (select ‘Covid 19’).

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 and kindness cards (print single or 4up) to connect with our neighbours – offering to support practically and pray for them.

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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. 

Many home groups are sharing prayer requests, studying the Bible together and planning to help through WhatsApp groups and video conferences — as well as phone calls! If you are not yet in a home group, please email us and we will connect you. You may have particular needs for prayer; remember that you can always contact the church office via email or on the mobile number at the top of the page.

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.

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.

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: office@abovebarchurch.org.uk

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