The Stables is part of the Community Project initiated by Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC). For over 100 years LRBC has sought to provide a welcome to those who live in the vicinity, and we trust that The Stables, too, will prove to be a centre of community, leisure and enrichment for the people of Leigh and it's visitors.
The Stables is developing a programme of uses to encourage social, educational and recreational opportunities for all ages; to offer advice and counselling services; to provide facilities for groups in need of support and friendship; and to extend the Fellowship's current activities for young and old.
The Stables is run by Christians who have found Jesus to be a living person and a real friend. No-one will pressure you at all, but if you wish to explore the spiritual side further, why not come to church or ask about the different events held at The Stables? Feel free to check out our church website via the link to the bottom left.
We recognise that God calls his people to be both ambassadors and helpers - to love him with all our being and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Therefore in 1993, the church's centenary year, the fellowship instigated the 'Alpha Project'. Through this God given vision we aim to further our ministry of outreach to the local community. In the first phase, we opened 'Oasis the Coffee House', provided a flat for a church based Youth Worker and accommodation for two needy families (through the Springboard Housing Association), and enabled Southend Community Care NHS Trust to open its centre for services to the disabled.
Phase two began in 1999, with the demolition of an old stables block to the west of the church garden and the erection of a new community building. On Sunday, 5th March 2000 at 10.30 am the church held a grand opening service and dedication of the newly completed centre - The Stables - so named to reflect the early use of the derelict building it replaces and to mark the beginning of the third millennium of the Christian era, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, in a Bethlehem stable.