Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide - Standing Strong 2020 - Open Doors UK & Ireland

Standing Strong Online

We are delighted to be hosting an online evening event on 3 October. We will bring you the latest news on what’s happening to our brothers and sisters in Syria, Nigeria and China through interviews with church leaders and footage direct from our partners around the world.

So, join us on Saturday 3 October as we pray, learn and worship together with our persecuted family and find out how their courageous faith can strengthen us all.

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Standing Strong All-day Events 2021

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.

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


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



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


Location: Whitburn Pentecostal Church

Date: Tuesday 28 September 2021

Time: 7pm - 9pm

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Location: Riverside Evangelical Church,

Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Time: 7pm - 9pm

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Location: King’s Community Church,

Date: Thursday 30 September 2021

Time: 7pm - 9pm

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Standing Strong Evening Gatherings Wales - September 2021

Featuring speakers from - TBC


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 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


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