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A new vision for Above Bar Church

Thank you for all who gave to the first phase of Refresh. It is very encouraging to see the impact it has already had. However, transforming the lounge was just the start; there is much more to be done! So we are delighted to announce the next phase.

The vision of the next phase of Refresh focuses on the statement we want to make to the people on the streets of Southampton. We want everyone in the city to know that the church of Jesus is here; we want them to know that it is alive and well; we want them to know that we care about them, and would love to welcome them among us.

What’s involved?

  • Updating and redecorating the front stairwell, doorway and entrance
  • Replacing the brick balustrades
  • Updating the front lift and making it more efficient
  • Considering a glass atrium to go above the main entrance up to the roof
  • Replacing the windows on Above Bar Street and Ogle Road
  • Installing prominent signage on the outside of the building
  • Improving external lighting
  • Installing a screen by the front door for promoting activities with the church

Planned timescales

  • Planning permission - early Summer 2016
  • Landlord permission - early Summer 2016
  • Legal agreements - late Summer 2016
  • Go to tender with a contractor - autumn 2016
  • Works carried out - starting Easter 2018
  • Completion - End of Summer '18


When Phase 2 was launched in January 2016 there was a sum of £100,000 in the Refresh fund (from Phase 1) and a further £300,000 has been generously donated. This sum allowed the project team to proceed with all aspects of Phase 2, except for the replacement of the Above Bar Street and Ogle Road windows.

The windows are in need of urgent attention, so the Leadership Team have decided to hold a further gift day in order to fund all the windows and Brise Soleil. Should sufficient funding become available the contractors are ready to add the windows to their schedule of work for this summer. In order to ensure we have sufficient funds, allowing for some contingency, to complete the whole phase we need around £140,000. The Leadership Team have agreed we can allocate approximately 50% from our reserves towards the work leaving £70,000 that needs to be raised.

The Gift Day will be held on Sunday 28th January 2018.

How to give

  • In the offering bags on a Sunday - using the Refresh envelopes 
  • By standing order - download a form here.
  • Through online banking:
    • Account Number: 00340448
    • Sort Code: 55-81-26 Ref: Refresh
  • Donate online: Go onto the My Donate website and search for “Above Bar Church”

You can giftaid whichever way you choose to give. Please do if you are able!

For more info on giving please visit our giving page.