"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 God, Loving 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:
- Above Bar Church digital community on Facebook »
- Twitter »
- Instagram »
- YouTube »
- Subscribe to our email list »
We are taking enquiries via email to email@example.com – 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
- This week is Easter week: visit our Easter page for more on this week’s services »
Online services, daily devotions and family resources
Befriending vulnerable people and helping them get essential supplies
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 »
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.
- Visit our live page for details of our Sunday services »
- Browse our YouTube channel for Sunday services, sermon videos, daily devotions and more »
- Explore all past sermons from our archive »
- Read our blog posts »
Sharing Hope: Daily Devotions videos
Visit these helpful websites to nurture your family’s spiritual health:
- Mind and Soul Foundation »
- Mental Health online »
- Cinnamon Network Mental Health Wellbeing Webinar »
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.
- 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 »
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org