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A new vision for Above Bar Church

The Refresh project has already transformed the look and feel of the Above Bar Church building.

In 2015 we re-structured and totally renovated our lounge, in 2018 we replaced the front entrance and added signage to improve our presence on the high street – but there is more to come!

The vision of the next phase of Refresh is to improve the usability and feel of more of the internal space. We want to take steps to renew the Top Hall, 3rd Floor Classroom and 2nd Floor Crèche. At the same time we are also keen to undertake works to winter-proof the building.

Refresh - phase 2 coffee

This much-needed work will make significant positive impact for weekly groups and activities, and particularly improve the space for children’s ministry on a Sunday.

What’s involved?


  • Replacing the ceilings, doors and flooring, and redecorating
  • Modernising and reconfiguring the toilets in each of the rooms
  • Creating a second floor buggy park to reduce current challenges on Sundays
  • Upgrading all internal lighting in these rooms
  • Updating storage and furniture solutions
  • Improving ventilation in the Top Hall

Planned timescales

We hope to complete these works in 2021/22, the first element being the 2nd Floor creche and lobby area which we hope to undertake in 2021. 

Refresh - phase 2 lounge chairs


We are working on establishing accurate costings for this phase of Refresh. We will update this page once we have more information. 

How to give

  • By standing order - download a form here.
  • Through online banking:
    • Account Number: 00340448
    • Sort Code: 55-81-26
    • Reference: Refresh
  • Donate online here

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.


Above Bar Church, Southampton

City 69 Above Bar Street
Southampton SO14 7FE

023 8022 8275
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