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
www.bigwelcome.org.uk

 

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Summer Fun! For the fun loving retired!

Summer Fun with Sylvie Lowe

Summer Fun for the fun loving retired! 

All retired / over 60’s welcome. You don’t have to be a church goer!

Organiser Sylvie Lowe (pictured) said,

“All retired and over 60’s are welcome. Often activities for the retired shut down over the Summer holidays. So we wanted to lay on some Summer Fun to look forward to each Monday. We look forward to seeing you.”

Summer Fun Programme

FREE!*

Each gathering is from 10 am ’til 12 noon and includes light refreshments.

Where: Leigh Road Baptist Church Hall, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1NN

What’s on the 4 Mondays…

Croquet in the Church Garden

Monday 31st July – 10am to 12 noon
Croquet

Women of the 1st World War talk with Carole Mulroney

Monday 7th August

Women carrying salvaged shell boxes, 1918. IWM HU 90283

A History of Dance with Lily Lawrence

Monday 14th August – 10am to 12 noon

 Lily Lawrence dancer

Summer-Time Swing with Joe Palmer

Monday 21st August – 10am to 12 noon

Joe Palmer Summer-time Swing

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Church West Ham striker evening nets more than £400 for charity

Brian Dear speaks at BBQ to men in garden

FORMER West Ham striker Brian Dear netted more than £400 for charity when he was the star attraction at the LRBC Men’s Group annual summer barbecue.

Brian, 73, spoke about his days at the popular East End club –  which included the famous European Cup Winner’s Cup 2-0 win against TSV Munich at Wembley Stadium in May 1965.

The former player, who joined the Hammers at the age of 15 as a member of the ground staff, also told of his friendship with West Ham and England legend, the late Bobby Moore.

More than 20 guys turned up to listen to Brian, who is now the manager at The Broker Pub in Leigh -a favourite haunt of the men’s group following their bi-monthly meetings.

Munching on delicious hot dogs, perfectly cooked by talented chef Jamie Currell, the group also heard of the former Hammer’s battle with alcoholism.

And there was a round of applause for the pub manager, who added that he had not touched a drink “for nearly 25 years.”

Brian, who lives in Shoebury. also told how he holds the record for the quickest five goals in an English game, 20 minutes either side of half-time, in a home match against West Bromwich Albion on April 16 1965.

He joked: “Sergio Aguero scored five in a game a couple of years ago for Manchester City and I had people texting me that my record had gone.

“But he had an extra three minutes of injury time to score his in – so I’m still the quickest. I even had Mike Summerbee, a former City legend, e-mailing me, asking If I would concede.

“But I don’t read e-mails so I couldn’t answer him – so the record stands!”

Co-organiser Alan Cook said: “It was a really interesting night and everyone appeared enthralled.”

Jamie Klein, 14, added: “I really enjoyed it, especially the stuff about his friendship with Bobby Moore.”

An auction was held at the end of the evening to raise money for the Amy May Trust, which was set up to help Amy, who was left severely brain damaged after suffering an allergic nut reaction at a restaurant.

Julie Martin, a trustee at the Trust, wrote in a letter to the men’s group: “I am writing to say a huge thank you to all at Leigh Road Baptist Church and for the funds raised so magnificently for The Amy May Trust.”

By Steve Klein (an unbiased West Ham fan…)

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Community Engagement thoughts from Anita Ford (Leigh Town Council), Peter Wexham (Southend Borough Council) and Sir David Amess (MP)

June Anita Ford (Leigh Town Council), Peter Wexham (Southend Borough Council) and Sir David Amess (MP)
We were delighted that on 25th June Anita Ford (Leigh Town Council), Peter Wexham (Southend Borough Council) and Sir David Amess (MP) accepted an invitation to join us in a Sunday service and help us reflect on the needs of the community of Leigh and the wider Southend Borough.

Steve Tinning shared some thoughts about why community engagement is one of the church’s new vision priorities – reminding us that a biblical principle of worship is to bring what you have to offer for the sake of God’s Kingdom. If we truly want to see “God’s Kingdom come, his will done on Earth as it is in Heaven” then we must offer ourselves as living sacrifices to see that vision become a reality.

In this spirit, three church members spoke about different community initiatives they are giving themselves to and spoke about the impact these initiatives were have on the lives of local people. “CAP” (capuk.org) provides educational and practical support to those overwhelmed by debt, “Child Contact Centres” (naccc.org.uk) provide opportunities for children to meet with parents they don’t live with following a separation in a safe environment, and “Cycling Club” (Leigh North Street School), “Breeze Rides” and “Just Ride” are three local cycling groups that encourage exercise and community amongst children, women and those with varying physical abilities.

Following these encouraging reports our visitors were asked a bit about their background and how/why they got into politics/community service and then shared their perspectives on the needs in our community and what role faith groups can play in addressing them. If you’d like to listen to their thoughts, you can do so on our podcast page here.

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They’re not your usual charity shops

Shared Space Launch
Shared Space was set up by our sister Baptist church,  Church from Scratch. It’s a growing Christian network of charity shops across Southend and beyond, transforming lives through volunteering, training and funding local good causes. It is the good news of Jesus expressed in action and words.

Leigh Road Baptist Church has helped Shared Space from when it started back in 2010. We’ve held regular ‘Donation Sundays’ where members of the church have donated a veritable mountain of goodies for Shared Space. They are distributed to one of the three Shared Space charity shops to be sold by their team of 85 active volunteers.

But what’s so different about Shared Space? Unlike other charity shops, the volunteers in each individual shop decide where to distribute grants to support good causes in the area around that shop. And it’s not your usual mix of volunteers – many of the volunteers are marginalised or fragile people who are being supported, trained up and encouraged as part of a tight-knit team of caring volunteers.

Peter Dominey, chair of Shared Space trustees, says, “Thanks LRBC for supporting us. You can read lots of the volunteer stories and how to donate goods to our charity shops at the new website www.charityshop.co

Find out all about the Shared Space charity shops on their brand new website at www.charityshop.co

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Father’s Day Prayer and Reflection

FATHER’S DAY PRAYER & REFLECTION

Father’s Day Prayer and Reflection

Particularly for those for whom Father’s Day might be a difficult day.

When: Sunday 18th June 2017, 9.30am
The Stables Lounge,
Chalkwell Park Drive,
Leigh-on-Sea

All who find this short time together for prayer and reflection welcome. Should last 30-40 minutes.

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CANCELLED: Southend West Election Hustings

Cancelled

Due the events in London last night and the suspension of campaigning of many of the parties, tonight’s Southend West Hustings event has been cancelled.

The church will be open from 6.30pm for a brief time of prayer and reflection for those affected by last night’s events, but also for the upcoming election. You would be most welcome to join us – whatever your faith perspective.

We will update as and when we have any further information.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by last nights tragic events.

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CANCELLED: Southend West Election Hustings announced

Due the events in London last night and the suspension of campaigning of many of the parties, tonight’s Southend West Hustings event has been cancelled.

The church will be open from 6.30pm for a brief time of prayer and reflection for those affected by last night’s events, but also for the upcoming election. You would be most welcome to join us – whatever your faith perspective.

We will update as and when we have any further information.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by last nights tragic events.


As the general election approaches Leigh Road Baptist Church has once again invited a number of the candidates for Southend West to a hustings event.

Sir David Amess (Conservative), Julian Ware Lane (Labour), Lucy Salek (Liberal Democrats), John Stansfield (UKIP) and Dominic Ellis (Green) have accepted our invitation to take part. Information on the campaigns of the other two candidates standing, Tino Callaghan (Southend Independent Association) and Jason Pilley (Independent), will, we hope, be available on the evening.

Questions are being gathered beforehand so that we can make best use of the 2 hours and so that we can ensure the candidates will be asked about local, national and international issues that have the broadest concern amongst those attending.

 Hustings Question by the end of Friday, June 2nd 2017.

Hope to see you there and please do spread the word! Thank you.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start..

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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 www.icons-on-sea.org.uk 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.

When?

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

Where?

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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