New Year Leigh-on-Sea: An invitation to explore life and its meaning…

Life and Soul Jan 2020 invite

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. Gatherings are fun and interactive, with 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.

What are the subjects for discussion?

Session 1 …intro and taster

Session 2 …on meaning of life

Session 3 …on existence of God

Session 4 …on Jesus’ life

Session 5 …on Jesus’ death

Session 6 …on the resurrection

Session 7 …on what now?

Session 8 …on spiritual practices

When? But join on any session

Tuesday 14 January 2020, 7:45-9:30pm,  email to register interest


Hub 191, 191 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1NN
(Formally Oasis Coffee House)

More info:

Email  or call Leigh Road Baptist Church office on 01702 478698 and ask about Life & Soul

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Your pledge could make the difference to LRBC’s Youth & Children’s Work

Youth, Children and Families work at Leigh Road Baptist Church

Many of you will be aware from the strategic review consultation and communication that the majority of groups and individuals in the Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC) family want to see immediate and urgent action to bring greater focus and resource to bear in the areas of children, families & youth work.  These were seen by many as the most important areas to address by some margin.

As a result, the strategic review identified the need to make a suitable appointment to the role of children, families & youth worker.

A job description will be created, publicity and adverts placed widely and interviews held to identify the right person for the role.  To some extent, the skills and passions of the individual will influence the job description but we will not know in what way until we start to see applicants.

It is important to recognise that the appointment of an individual to this role will not bring about much change in and of itself unless there is a commitment from the LRBC church family to get involved – volunteering time, energy, prayer and support.


The cost of a full-time children, families & youth worker is likely to be in the region of £30,000 per annum. With the current financial position of the LRBC General Fund we feel it prudent to obtain promises of funding to cover the first years’ expenditure before we commence a search.

If you are willing and able to pledge additional funds over and above your current level of giving towards the cost of a children/families/youth worker then please complete the form below that will be returned to Julie Eady in the church office.

We would like to receive promises by December 2019 at the latest to allow a search to commence early in 2020.  However, we will commence the search as soon as sufficient funds are pledged so the earlier we receive pledges the earlier we can start the search.

Although we are only asking for pledges for the initial year of any appointment at the moment, if you feel able to pledge funds over a longer period then do please indicate this on the form by filling in the number of years you are prepared to commit to.

As an indication, if 120 people (roughly the number of adults that attend on a Sunday morning) were able to pledge £5 a week the full cost of the initial year would be covered.

We’ve put together this little tool the help you see the difference your donation could make towards reaching the target. Punch in a weekly amount you could consider donating and hit the ‘See the difference you’ll make’ button, to see the size of your donation over 3 years.

What’s Your Pledge Amount?

If I give £per week
I will give £0 over 3 years!


Your financial pledge

Please complete the pledge form below after prayerful consideration. No money is to be taken at this stage and your pledge will only be sent to Julie Eady the LRBC Financial Administrator in the church office, a copy will also be emailed to you for your own records. We will let you know when we need you to commence payments.

If you need further information about pledging or this fundrasier please contact Julie Eady in the church office on 01702 478698 or at

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LICC South East Essex Church Learning Hub

LICC South East Essex Church Learning Hub

What is the South East Essex Church Learning Hub?

The South East Essex Church Learning Hub is a series of eight guided workshops from a partnership of three South East Essex churches (Leigh Road, Friars and West Leigh Baptist) and The London Insitute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC). They help Christians and entire churches explore how they can develop a lasting culture as whole-life disciplemaking communities.

The 3.5-hour workshops which start with breakfast (except the Whole life worship day that starts later and provides lunch) will be hosted by Leigh Road Baptist Church over the next 2 years; you are invited to attend all sessions or those relevant to you.

Course content

The eight sessions are:

  1. An Introduction to Whole-life Discipleship and Church (Buy tickets)
  2. Culture-change for a Frontline Focus
  3. Preaching with a Frontline Focus
  4. Praying for the Frontline
  5. Worship leading with a Frontline Focus
  6. Small Groups with a Frontline Focus
  7. The Workplace as your Frontline
  8. Sharing Faith on the Frontline

All are welcome from churches across South East Essex.

Church beyond the building

Jesus calls us to make disciples who live their whole lives for the glory of God.

The way we nurture people as their church leaders – whether through services, small groups, or personally deeply affects the kind of people they are out in the world. Christian community strengthens each believer with renewed boldness, joy, and insight to live for Jesus on their individual frontlines. This conviction has led LICC to listen to and work with hundreds of churches over 15 years as they equip their congregations for whole-life discipleship. They’ve led Learning Hubs everywhere from London to the Lake District, for everyone from Elim to Church of England and now we have a Church Learning Hub for South East Essex.

‘Our Learning Hub has helped me keep the most important things as the most important things. It combines great theology with practical applications.’

Revd Rob Powell, Rector of St James, Streatham & Furzedown Team

Learn together, learn practically, learn locally

Equipping God’s people for whole-life discipleship is both exciting and essential. Learning Hubs give you the vision, motivation, and tools*:

A wealth of experience. hub facilitators are all experienced church leaders presenting ideas and methods developed through work with hundreds of churches.

Interactive, hands-on learning. There is plenty of time to try ideas with your congregation and reflect on their success (or failure!) in the next group session.

Practical actions to try right away. We share simple steps that can create a ripple effect, showing rather than telling, and helping develop lasting culture change.

Community support. By learning together with your team and other local churches, you can learn from and support each other during and long after the hub.

God at work. Discover new ways to see God’s work in and through your congregation every day, and have the joy of seeing God do more in more places.

Resources at your fingertips. LICC produces small group materials, preaching packs, service plans, and theological articles to help leaders apply hub learning.

Is it ok if it’s fun? We hope so. Past participants tell us it’s a memorable, community-building, and enjoyable learning experience.

*This and the above benefits are based on follow-up research with participants.

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Charity Boxing Day Football Match

Leigh Road Baptist Church FC are pleased to host a charity Boxing Day football match against a Southend Church Football League All Star 11. All proceeds are going to Trust Links, a local charity and an amazing cause.

Come along to support the cause, watch a friendly football match (officiated by our guest referee!) and eat a few more mince pies. Get yourselves down to Blenheim Park for a 10 am KO on Boxing Day 26 December 2019 and we’ll be finished by midday so you can get home for some Bubble & Squeak.

If you’re interested in playing, just turn up with your boots and shin pads and kit and we will see what we can do.

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Hundreds sing and celebrate at Carols by Candlelight 2019

A wonderful gathering of people from across our town and further afield for Carols by Candlight with Leigh Road Baptist Church. Didn’t you all raise the roof in celebration of the coming King! Joy to the World!Lots more opportunities to sing carols, offer prayers and reflect on the wonders of that first Christmas for all ages. All welcome. Visit for details, dates and time of gatherings.

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A wonderful gathering of people from across our town and further afield for Carols by Candlight with Leigh Road Baptist Church. Didn’t you all raise the roof in celebration of the coming King! Joy to the World!

Lots more opportunities to sing carols, offer prayers and reflect on the wonders of that first Christmas for all ages. All welcome. Visit for details, dates and time of gatherings.

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Good News! Christmas with Leigh Road Baptist Church

You are invited to share Christmas with Leigh Road Baptist Church

A warm welcome awaits as we venture together and discover afresh the Good News of the first Christmas and how Jesus can bring peace and stability to our everyday lives in these turbulent times.

The One Show All-Age Nativity Special

Sunday 8 December, 10.30 am, LRBC
Turn up, dress up, join in our unrehearsed nativity mayhem. Come in your Christmas jumper.

Beer & Carols with Quiz

Sunday 15 December, 7.30pm, The Broker Pub
Drink beer, sing carols and compete in a Christmas quiz with your friends.

Quiet Christmas Service

Wednesday 18 December, 8pm, LRBC
Take an opportunity to be still and reflect, especially if you find Christmas hard.

Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 22 December, 4pm and 6:30pm, LRBC
Come and experience one of the popular traditional carol services, with readings, carols, the LRBC Community Choir & Leigh-on-Sea Heavenly Host from the Leigh Lights switch-on.

Christmas Eve Christingle Gathering

Tuesday 24 December 5pm, LRBC
Bring your over-excited little ones to a short, interactive, make-your-own Christingle event. Particularly suitable for 4-11 year olds.

Christmas Eve Candlelit Midnight Communion with Carols

Tuesday 24 December 11.30pm, LRBC
See in Christmas Day at this atmospheric candlelit carol service.

Christmas Day Celebration with Carols

Wednesday 25 December, 10am, LRBC
Welcome the new-born King at this short all-age celebration. Christmas jumpers encouraged.

Were you at the Leigh Lights?

Did you join the Leigh-on-Sea Heavenly Host and have your Angel Wing Selfie taken? See if you can find yourself in the gallery #wingandaprayer

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Southend West Hustings hosted by LRBC

As the general election approaches, Leigh Road Baptist Church. Marguerite Drive has once again invited three of the candidates standing for the Southend West Constituency Seat to a hustings event on Wednesday 4 December, 7.45 pm.

Sir David Amess (Conservative), Aston Line (Labour) and Nina Stimson (Liberal Democrats) have accepted our invitation to take part. Information on the campaign of the other candidate Jospeh 77 (Independent) will, we hope, be available on the evening.

Questions are being gathered beforehand so that we can make best use of the time we have 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. We hope, however, that there will be a short time toward the end of the meeting for questions from the floor.

Please submit questions for consideration with the subject line HUSTINGS QUESTION to by the midday, Monday December 2nd.

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

Doors open at 7:30pm for a 7:45pm start. We anticipate the evening will finish at 9.30pm.

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Leigh-on-Sea’s First Eco-Fair opened with a rallying call from Sir David Amess MP

Sir David Amess MP Opens Leigh-on-Sea Eco Fair

The first-ever Eco-fair in Leigh-on-Sea took place on Saturday 19 October 2019 at the home of Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC), Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NN. The Leigh-on-Sea Eco-Fair was a joint collaboration between Leigh Road Baptist Church and Eco Essex and saw nearly a thousand people come through the doors over the day.

The Eco Fair was opened by Sir David Amess MP where he made this rallying call to us all as he cut the recycled paper chain to open the fair, “Well done to each and everyone of you, there are some incredible things here at the eco fair…I think the environment should be at the heart of everything we do. We can and we will save the planet.”

The fair brought together local Eco-traders, artisan craft stalls, eco-groups, local service providers, local government and national groups to provide a one stop shop for all things eco.

Lauren Tinning, LRBC member and one of the organising team said, “We had a fantastic day at the first Eco Fair in Leigh-on-Sea. We were delighted with the variety of stall holders who shared  the event with us and were encouraged by the hundreds of local people who came along to buy and learn about all things eco!”

Young and older browsed the latest eco-products, took part in family activities and kids crafts, discussed with experts on information stalls, listened to short TED style talks about eco issues and found out how ways to reduce their plastic waste and carbon footprint.

Sam Pitman of partner organisers of the fair, Eco Essex added, “The Eco Fair showed that the people of Southend-on-Sea do care and want to make changes in their lives to save our planet. It was a day we were proud to be part of!”

We were delighted that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council attended the fair to tell people about the new PlastiCity project and the Borough’s plans to make Southend Carbon Neutral by 2030. We also heard from Veolia about how best ways to recycle our waste, from The Women’s Institute about their climate activism and Make Do and Mend. Other groups attending included New Life Wood a local charity that recycles unused wood from construction sites and provides opportunities for people to learn woodworking skills and restore their lives. There was also information from The Cloth Nappy Library, South East Essex Organic Gardeners and Eco Essex among meant other stands.

The day saw the church building buzzing with children and their families having lots of fun in our special eco-craft room with face painting, storytelling and eco-crafts. The corridors came alive with those on the eco scavenger hunt with prizes donated by Veolia. After all this inspiration and activity visitors were able to rest awhile and enjoy a Fairtrade tea, coffee and homemade cake in the pop-up eco café.

For more information on future events and activities of LRBC and the upcoming Christmas Fayre Fantastic on Saturday 16th November, 10 am-3 pm please visit follow the churches social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube).

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Leigh-on-Sea church to host LICC’s ‘Growing a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church’ day conference

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Growing a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church Training Day on Saturday 9th November at Leigh Road Baptist Church

We are pleased to invite you and those in leadership positions at your church to a training day, run by the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC), on ‘Growing a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church’.

To find out more about the work of the LICC, please visit their website at

This is a fantastic opportunity for church leaders and the wider church to grapple with this exciting yet challenging endeavour of ‘whole-life discipleship’. The training day is aimed at people in leadership roles in your church, including your staff team, youth and children’s workers, small group leaders and worship leaders. Come and join us as we share what we’ve learned about how to create a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church and help you identify the next steps for your context.

To book places/tickets for you and your teams at £25 per person which includes lunch, please visit

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We very much hope you can join us.

Rev Andrew D Cowley
Senior Minister & Team Leader
Leigh Road Baptist Church

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More information

Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NN are hosting this LICC Training Day for church leaders.

Come and join us as LICC share what they have learned about how to create a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church and help you identify the next steps for your context.

LICC hold these training days across the country for Clergy and their leadership teams to explore together the culture of their church.

During the day we will:
● Explore the biblical vision for whole-life disciplemaking
● Share principles, practices and processes to make whole-life disciplemaking possible
● Illustrate with case studies and examples
● Help clarify a framework and next steps for creating a whole-life disciple-making culture in your church

Outline programme:
9.30: Registration & Coffee
10.00: A Vision for Whole-life Disciplemaking
11.30: Developing a Whole-life Disciplemaking Culture
12.45: Lunch (Included)
13.30: Group Exercise: Where are we?
14.00: Local Church Resources
14.30: Looking Ahead
15.00: Next Steps, Prayer and Commission
15:30: Finish

For more information on the LICC (The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) please visit their website

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ECO FAIR Leigh-on-Sea, 19 October 2019, 10am-3pm

Sir David Amess MP met two young members of LRBC and agreed to open the ECO FAIR in October 2019
Sir David Amess MP met two young members of LRBC and agreed to open the ECO FAIR in October 2019

Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC) is delighted to announce that the first Leigh-on-Sea ECO FAIR will be opened by Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West on Saturday 19th October 2019.

Come along and enjoy:

  • Eco artisan stalls selling an enormous range of eco products – everything from cakes and clothes to Solar Panels, soap and skincare
  • Kids activities, storytelling, craft, face painting and family scavenger hunt
  • Sustainability inspired artists including Ruth Rotherham and Gwen Simpson’s Connecting Threads Project
  • Information stalls including Veolia, Plastic Free Leigh, Leigh Town Council, Southend in Transition and many more
  • Bring and Buy stalls – come and browse our fantastic range of tools and craft supplies
  • Eco-café and cake stall
  • Come and listen to local people talking about their experience of trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle


We really believe there is still a chance to do something about climate change – that there remains a possibility that if we do the right thing – change our behaviours and work together – that global warming might in some way be arrested.

So LRBC are trying to work towards making our church more sustainable in everything we do – our worship and learning, buildings, use of land, local community and lifestyle and we’re trying to do this both locally and globally. We want LRBC to be a lighthouse in the local community, working with everyone to a greener, sustainable future.

The LRBC ECO FAIR is a chance for us all to learn more about how to do this, to find out what is happening already in our community. Come and join us and let’s make the world a better place. It’s going to be a wonderful day.

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