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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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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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 http://bit.ly/QuietChristmasReflectionWords2016

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