Ladies of Leigh Clothes Swap Returns for 2017

Clothes Swap Montage

Back by popular demand for 2017!

Come and enjoy an afternoon with friends, clothes, accessories, jewellery and cakes! Tickets include: a cup of tea/coffee/juice and cake on arrival. Arrive with your items at 2 pm, the swap will be declared open at approx 2.45pm.

Bring some extra pennies to enjoy a few side stalls.


Saturday 29th April 2017 – arrive with your items at 2pm the swap will be declared open at 2.45pm

Tickets £5 in advance online or £6 on the door

How a swap shop works:

  1. Bring up to 10 items including: Clothes, handbags, jewellery, scarves and shoes.
  2. All items must be washed, ironed and in a good condition.
  3. We will take your items at the door ready for the swapping to begin.
  4. At the door you will be given a ticket with the number of items you brought with you. This will be the number of items you can take home with you.
  5. You will check these out when you have finished your swapping.
  6. There will also be opportunity to buy above your 10 items.
  7. Items without a home at the end of the event will be donated to local charity shops.

All proceeds raised to charity.

Tickets £5 in advance online or £6 on the door.

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All are welcome in this place

Emma N and Steve T All are welcome sign
Church Ministers Emma and Steve offering a warm welcome to all in front of our new ‘All are welcome in this place’ sign in the church garden. We have joined with many churches across Leigh-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea to display this message outside the places where we gather as church.

Let us build a house where all can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace:
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

If you are from wider Europe or the wider world and living in Leigh-on-Sea or Southend-on-Sea, you are welcome in this place.

Churches Together in Leigh


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Outdoor Easter Art Trail mysteriously appears across Leigh-on-Sea

#EasterIcons Art Trail Across Leigh-on-Sea

Thousands of people discovered pieces of art Easter art had popped up on lamp posts, drainpipes, zebra crossings, gates and street furniture across the Leigh Road, Broadway, Elm Road and Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea this past Holy Week.

Shoppers, day trippers and people on nights out over the Easter holiday were confronted by 14 pieces of framed art work exploring the themes of betrayal, denial, death, life and hope contained in the Easter story.

The art trail which ran from 10th – 17th April was called #EASTERICONS and was brought to Leigh-on-Sea by Icons-on-Sea with the help of Leigh Road Baptist Church. Icons-on-Sea, a creative collective are usually found creating in Southend High Street and Seafront – but this installation is the first in another part of the borough.

Icons-on-Sea artist, David Elcock said “Our aim is to engage people with Christianity through a variety of media, including installation art and performance. Our work is sometimes provocative, sometimes challenging, sometimes witty, and we hope, always thought-provoking.”

The trail also took place at a new micro website set up for the trail and 7,000 people are estimated to have engaged online.  The site also provided and interactive trail map for peoples smart phone or tablet to help them find all 14 pieces.

Linda King walked the trail with her daughter after discovering it online. Linda commented on Facebook “I walked the trail yesterday and thoroughly recommend this as a time to reflect on these contemporary and thought-provoking images of the last days of Christ.”

Those who discovered the pieces of art were also encouraged to share selfies with the icons and comment on the hashtags #ICONSONSEA and #EasterIcons

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Life & Soul Leigh-on-Sea : Six weeks exploring the spiritual side to life

Life and Soul April 2017 Flyer

Life & Soul explores the kinds of questions we all ask at times, such as ‘What’s life all about?’ and ‘Is there anybody out there?’ and asks what the Christian faith has to say in response. Evenings are fun and interactive, with barista coffee and cake, talks, activities and discussion and all views are welcome. Whether you consider yourself an atheist, agnostic, spiritual but not religious, a Christian believer or not sure, you would be very welcome.


Tuesday evenings from 18th April 2017, 8-9.30pm


Oasis Coffee House, 189-191 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1JE

More info

Or call Emma at Leigh Road Baptist Church on 01702 478698

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World Book Day fun with Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school

LRBC Pre School World Book Day 2017

On Thursday 2nd March 2017, Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea celebrated World Book Day with millions of other children around the world. The children and staff were encouraged to come to pre-school as their favourite character from a book.

Diane Allmark, LRBC Pre-school Manager said, “World Book Day is a highlight of our calendar at Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school. It was a delight to see all the children and staff dressed up as their favourite literary characters; from little Oompa Loompa’s in Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss.”

This fun day also raised over £50 for Crackerjack Children’s Trust who provide resources and support for children with disabilities.”

For more information on Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school call 01702 471924

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Leigh-on-Sea take time out of the busyness of Christmas for a Quiet Christmas reflection

Take time out of the busyness of Christmas for a Quiet Christmas reflection.

Taken from Quiet Christmas – A short contemplative service at Leigh Road Baptist Church on 21 December 2016.

Music: Martyn Joseph – Precious.

Download a PDF of the words on this link

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The door is open this Christmas at Leigh Road Baptist Church Church – You’re invited!

Invite Card

You’re invited to share Christmas with Leigh Road Baptist Church this advent season. We’ll adventure together and discover afresh the amazing story of the first Christmas and the light that Jesus can bring to us all in our everyday lives. A warm welcome is assured…

We look forward to seeing you.

Open a door this Christmas to…

FRIENDSHIP. Christmas is a time for fun and celebration, and for many of us that means letting our hair down and having a drink or two with people whose company we enjoy. If you like, you could bring some friends along to Beer & Carols at The Broker Freehouse, Leigh Road.

Beer & Carols 7.30 pm Sunday 11 December at The Broker Freehouse, Leigh Road

THE CHRISTMAS STORY. Many of us remember singing Christmas carols as a child and we all have our favourites. They bring back memories, stir emotions and teach the Christmas story in a memorable way. LRBC offers lots of opportunities to sing carols over
Christmas – it doesn’t matter how well you sing, as long as you sing with enthusiasm.

All Age Nativity 10.30 am Sunday 11 December at LRBC
Carols by Candlelight 4 pm & 6.30 pm, Sunday 18 December, at LRBC
Candlelit Midnight Communion 11.30 pm, Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December at LRBC
Christmas Day Service for all ages, 10-11 am, Sunday 25 December, LRBC

GENEROSITY. Christmas can be fun, but if life is tough it’s so much tougher at Christmas. It feels like everyone else is partying while your life is a struggle. Could you give a donation to the suspended meals scheme at Oasis Coffee House, 189 Leigh Road and bless someone who is experiencing food poverty this Christmas? You can also give online at

GOD. If something is on your mind and you want to share it with God, you could say a simple prayer. Maybe you need help with a difficult situation, or perhaps you are grateful for the good things in your life. Pray out loud or pray silently, at home with the door shut or out walking along the seafront, whether you’re religious or not – we believe God hears it all.

An open door awaits you at Leigh Road Baptist this Christmas and throughout the year…

Christmas Starts with Christ logo
Explore who Jesus Christ is this Christmas visit

Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC), Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1NN,, 01702 478697

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God’s light has defeated the darkness #BooFest #Halloween

Golds Light hass defeated the darkness
God’s light has defeated the darkness

We all have things we’re afraid of.  Some of them we know are silly, such as fear of spiders, air travel or being alone in the dark.  Some of our fears are deeper, though: we may be worried about the future, scared of the terrible things we see on the news, or afraid of people seeing us as we really are.

When you put on a light, it’s not dark any more.  Christians believe that God shone brightly in the darkness and defeated it through his Son, Jesus Christ.  We read in the Bible that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross and then came back to life on the third day after his death.  That means that God is more powerful than all the things we are afraid of – he’s even more powerful than death itself.

Have a great time this Halloween, dressing up, eating sweets and enjoying yourself, but don’t be afraid.

Jesus said I am the light of the world!

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

 – John chapter 8 verse 12, The Bible (New Living Translation)

Vast armies undead do tread through the night and
In hordes march towards hapless victims to frighten.
They stumble in step with glass-eyes on the prizes;
Bunched hither, hunched over in monstrous disguises;
In sizes not lofty but numb’ring a throng;
To unleash on their prey the dreaded DING DONG.
Small faces with traces of mother’s eye-liner,
Peer up to the resident candy provider.

And there to intone ancient threats learnt verbatim;
They lisp “TRICK OR TREAT!” Tis their stark ultimatum.
Thus: region by region such legions take plunder.
Does this spector-full spectacle cause you to wonder?
Just how did our fair festive forebears conceive,
Of this primeval practice called All Hallows Eve?
The answer, if anyone cares to research,
Surprises, it rises from old mother church.

On the cusp of the customary All Saints Day
The Christ-i-an kinsfolk made mocking display.
These children of light both to tease and deride;
Don darkness, doll down as the sinister side.
In pre-post-er-ous pageants and dress diabolic,
They hand to the damned just one final frolick.
You see with the light of the dawn on the morrow,
The sunrise will swallow such darkness and sorrow.

The future is futile for forces of evil;
And so they did scorn them in times Medieval.
For this is the nature of shadow and gloom;
In the gleaming of glory there can be no room.
What force is resourced by the echoing black?
When the brightness ignites can the shadow push back?
These ‘powers’ of darkness, if such can be called,
Are banished by brilliance, by blazing enthralled.

So the bible begins with this fore-resolved fight;
For a moment the darkness…. then “Let there be Light!”
First grief in the gloom, then joy from the East.
First valley of shadow, then mountaintop feast.
First wait for Messiah, then long-promised Dawn.
First desolate Friday and then Easter Morn.
The armies of darkness when doing their worst,
Can never extinguish this Dazzling Sunburst.

So… ridicule rogues if you must play a role;
But beware getting lost in that bottomless hole.
The triumph is not with the forces of night.
It dawned with the One who said “I am the Light!”

You are always welcome to join with us as we explore each Sunday who Jesus the light who expels all darkness is. We have lots on throughout the week too for children and adults, have an explore of our website or give us a call/email.

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Please donate: Youth group raising money for those living on rubbish dumps

Paint Run
ON SATURDAY 2ND JULY 2016 Space the 14-18 Youth Group of Leigh Road Baptist Church are raising funds for Tek Ura by taking part in the Colourthon Paint Run! A 5K fun run where runners will be covered head to toe in paint and colour in Chalkwell Park!
Tek Ura is an Albanian NGO with which our friends Ani and Daniel work through BMS World Mission.
Tek Ura helps the marginalised Roma and Gypsy peoples living on rubbish dumps in Albania in the capital Tirana.
The youth group want to support the work of Tek Ura with these forgotten people.
For more information on Tek Ura please visit their Facebook page:
The youth group are paying £20 each to take part in the Paint Run from their own pocket money so that all money raised will go to those in great need.
Leigh Road Baptist Church will pass all monies raised onto Tek Ura via BMS.
Please donate securely online below through Virgin Money Giving.
We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.


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Great fun volunteering with Leigh Folk Festival in its 25th year

Leigh Folk Festival  Leigh Folk Festival Crowds

Volunteers from the LRBC Community Team has another fab Leigh Folk Festival, from the 27-24th June 2016. We joined with the ‪#‎FolkFestArmy‬ that make it happen and helped with the information tent, building stages and gazebos and even comparing the stages.

It was a wonderful event in the sunshine and the music, poetry and festivities really pulled the community together. Roll on next year!

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