Standing strong 2020 update

In light of the uncertainty around the safety and viability both of mass gatherings and of international travel due to Covid-19, Open Doors UK and Ireland has decided to postpone all the Standing Strong events planned for October 2020.  All of them will now take place in September/October 2021. We are planning to do something online this year instead and will let you know as our plans take shape. The health and safety of our supporters and international partners is our highest priority, and although it is sad that we will not gather as planned this year, and we appreciate that many will be disappointed, we believe this the best decision to take in terms of Covid-19 restrictions, safety, and the stewarding of our resources.  

Any tickets, including any youth, children, family, group and lunch tickets that you may have ordered, will now be transferred to the corresponding event taking place in 2021.  All lead bookers were notified by email on Friday 12 June.

If you have any further questions, please first see our FAQs at the foot of this page.  You can also contact us via  email at inspire@opendoorsuk.org or call us on 01993 460015.

You’re invited to meet those who dare to follow Jesus no matter the cost.

Standing Strong is a celebration of all that God is doing in and through His church around the world, thanks to your prayers and support. This is a unique opportunity to hear speakers from Asia and the Middle East about how Christians in those countries are courageously following Jesus, despite the dark and dangerous reality of persecution they face.

At Standing Strong, join with hundreds of others in worship and prayer and find out how you can support your persecuted family. Learn more about the dangers, risks and joys that being faithful to Jesus brings and the work Open Doors is doing to support those whose faith costs them the most.

Standing Strong All-day Events 2021

Featuring speakers from - TBC.

An all-day children’s programme for ages 5-11 and optional youth sessions for ages 12-15 are available at Birmingham only.

Birmingham

Location: Resorts World Arena, NEC Birmingham*

Date: Saturday 25 September 2021

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm 

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*Please note the new venue

 

Belfast

Location: Bloomfield Presbyterian Church

Date: Saturday 2 October 2021

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm

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Standing Strong Evening Gatherings Scotland - September 2021

Featuring speakers from - TB

Whitburn

Location: Whitburn Pentecostal Church
 

Date: Tuesday 28 September 2021

Time: 7pm - 9pm

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Ayr

Location: Riverside Evangelical Church,
Ayr

Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Time: 7pm - 9pm

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Aberdeen

Location: King’s Community Church,
Aberdeen

Date: Thursday 30 September 2021

Time: 7pm - 9pm

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Standing Strong Evening Gatherings Wales - September 2021

Featuring speakers from - TBC

Swansea

Location: Venue TBC
 

Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Time: 7pm - 9pm

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Why has Standing Strong been postponed? 

Standing Strong has been postponed in light of the uncertainty around the safety and viability both of mass gatherings and of international travel due to Covid-19. We believe that the health and safety of our supporters and international partners is our highest priority, and although it is sad that we will not gather as planned this year, and we appreciate that many will be disappointed, we believe this the best decision to take in terms of Covid-19 restrictions, safety, and the stewarding of our resources.  

What will happen instead in 2020? 

We are planning to do something online this year and will let you know as our plans take shape. We hope you will be able to join us online in the autumn and that you continue to be inspired and encouraged through the resources we are able to provide you with. 

What does this mean for the ticket(s) I’ve purchased?  

All tickets, whether they are individual, group, children, youth or family tickets, will be transferred to their corresponding events for 2021. Sales for these events will resume this month. There are no extra fees to pay.  

I purchased a lunch ticket as well – will this be transferred? 

Yes, if you purchased a lunch ticket, this will also be transferred.  

How do I get a refund? 

For all Scotland and Ireland events, please request a refund via your Eventbrite account. Please follow the link here for details on how to do this. 

For the England event, which was due to take place at Arena Birmingham, if you booked online then you will need to request a refund via your Ticket Factory account. You can contact Ticket Factory and request a refund via the form saved here. Ticket Factory will also contact you directly via email. 

If you booked for the Arena Birmingham event over the phone with our Inspire team, then your ticket provider is Eventbrite. Details on how to request a refund via your Eventbrite account can be found here

If you have any difficulties with this, or if you have any further questions, please email us at inspire@opendoorsuk.org or call us on 01993 460015.  

I would like to come to the event in 2021 but some of my party aren’t able to? 

You can request a refund for those tickets that are affected rather than your whole order. Please see refund instructions on how to do that.  

Can I donate my ticket? 

No – unfortunately administrative complications mean that donating your ticket is not possible. 

Will the speakers be the same in 2021? 

Though we hope to offer the same speakers, we can’t at present confirm that. 

How has Covid19 impacted the work of Open Doors? 

 

If you would like more information about the impact of Covid-19 on the work of Open Doors, please visit the Covid-19 page