Corona Virus Response | Leigh Road Baptist Church

Leigh Road Baptist Church | Corona Virus Updates

Updated Sunday 23 January 2021, 00:42 hrs

We are in unprecedented times and we’re all trying to do our best for everyone as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have considered what the Government announcement on 4 January means for us as a church, taking into account further advice from the Baptist Union.  With the renewed national lockdown in England and due to the very high infection rate in the Southend-on-Sea area, we have reluctantly concluded that for the safety of our visitors, members, volunteers and staff we will not be holding on-site gatherings until further notice.

We recognise that the Government guidelines allow churches to remain open in England during this period. However, given the significant increase in numbers of Covid-19 infections and pressure on the NHS, we want to stand with the wider community in making every effort to limit the spread of the virus.

You will understand that changes in the restrictions and requirements are being announced regularly and this is likely to affect our plans and activities for some time to come, quite possibly leading to changes at short notice. But for the foreseeable future we expect to provide a 10.30am online gathering every Sunday.

Join Leigh Road Baptist Church online

Find LRBC’s online content here: Facebook Live | YouTube (Please subscribe on YouTube) and Twitter (Periscope)

Watch the latest online gathering…

Playlist of all LRBC video content produced since lock-down started.

Be sure to be following Leigh Road Baptist Church on the various social networks to be kept up to date:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube (Please subscribe on YouTube)

Midweek groups cancelled until further notice

All groups at the Leigh Road Baptist Church and The Stables premises remain canceled until further notice. The discussion has commenced about re-starting some activities and your group leader will be in contact once this is imminent.


Home/small groups should not meet. But please call or message your group leader for ways of meeting virtually and supporting each other via telephone. Many are meeting via Zoom.

Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school

Pre-school has now re-opened. If you need any information about pre-school operations or inquiries about registering your child for attendance then please email

Children’s & Youth Groups

All of our regular on-site children’s groups and youth groups including Friday Night Cafe in the former Oasis Coffee House are now closed on-site until further notice. However, many meet virtually and on Sunday morning via Zoom with parents/guardians.

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Leigh-on-Sea and Borough changes to be aware of…

Southend Borough Council has set up a dedicated website page for latest Cornavirus advice and guidance.

Leigh-on-Sea Town Council also have a section on their website and useful information in relation to Coronavirus and Leigh-on-Sea

Guarding your mental health

guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic from Rehab 4 Addiction.

Southend Foodbank drop-off times

Foodbank donation drop off times Open Sunday, Monday and Wednesday 10 am to 11 am for food donations only at LRBC

The LRBC Southend Foodbank Donation Point has now reopened.

Leigh Road Baptist Church is a donation point for foodstuffs for the Southend Foodbank. If you are able to donate some non perishable food, you can drop it off at the following times.

Open Sunday, Monday and Wednesday 10 am to 11 am for food donations only.

Social distancing in place and operating a one-in one-out system for everyone’s safety.

For more info on what kind of food can be donated see the Southend Foodbank website. Thank you!

Community Action Response to COVID-19

5 things you can do to make a positive difference in your community

Think of others, consider your actions & be kind

People in every community will face the challenges of Covid-19 in some way –from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.

Connect and reach out to your neighbours

As self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.

Make the most of local online groups

Keep up to date, share accurate information and be a positive part of your local community conversations.

Support vulnerable or isolated people

Different groups in our communities are at increased risk and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do like volunteering for local support services or donating to foodbanks to help.

A self-isolation support group has been set up on Facebook for those around Southend-on-Sea needing help during this time.

Share accurate information and advice

Support anyone who may be anxious about COVID-19. Signpost them to the correct advice from Public Health England and the NHS and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

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A Prayer | One year since Lockdown 1: Tuesday 23 March

The UK is marking the anniversary of the first lockdown with a silence at noon to remember the victims of Covid, followed by bells tolling at 12:01pm. Prominent landmarks will be lit up across the country at 8:00pm.

Please take part in the silence in memory of those who have lost loved ones and feel free to use this prayer as a resource during the day:

Prayer – a year on since the beginning of Lockdown 1

Lord, we know you are the God of grace and peace,

Help us, we ask, as we acknowledge that a year has passed in this time of a global pandemic.

In this season of remembering, we acknowledge our frustration, our brokenness, our anger, our sadness. We reflect on the last twelve months with tears and heartache.

We have lost some of those who were close to us and some of us have lived through illness. Many of us have felt isolated and anxious. We have lost much of our normal sense of life. We do not want to look back and at the same time we are unsure of how to move into the future.

Help us to move forward. We can see the end of the tunnel, but it seems a way off and a bit out of reach. Fill us with courage, with hope and with peace. Guide us to begin again in the world that is emerging on the other side of the pandemic.

God of goodness and grace, be with us now and forever.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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On-Site Services | How to book a place and what to expect

COVID Safety and Social Distancing Measures at LRBC

During the coming months, Leigh Road Baptist Church will move safely and cautiously to providing opportunities for community and corporate prayer and worship at its site on Marguerite Drive.

This page is designed to act as a guide for those wishing to attend and explains what to expect and how to go about booking a place. Do keep checking back on this page as it will be updated as guidance and things change. The safety of you, our visitors, volunteers, staff and each other is of utmost importance. You are very welcome.

Please note the church will also Livestream the 10:30 am Sunday Morning Gathering online via YouTube and Facebook and Twitter (Periscope).

Please book your place in advance for all on-site services

To help with planning around arrival and departure, seating and secufely recording details of attendees for Track & Trace, we are asking all to pre-book their free places online via the church box office (provided by Yapsody) where you will be asked to provide your name, email address and telephone number. We ask places to be booked by the Thursday preceding the Sunday service.

Please note that the current government and BU advice provides the following framework;

  • Over 70s, the vulnerable and those that are shielding are recommended to stay at home
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms or if you suspect you might have Coronavirus should self-isolate at home
  • If you have knowingly been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus please do not attend
  • Singing is not permitted
  • Social distancing must be maintained
  • Regular hygiene such as the use of hand sanitisers and washing of hands is recommended

What you can expect

  • When you arrive, do so by the right hand door (with slope) and distancing stickers on Marguerite Drive.
  • All will need to wear a face mask/covering when inside the building (these will not be provided so please bring your own)
  • You will be asked to check-in/register at the welcome desk
  • If you have not already done so when you booked in online you will be asked for your name and telephone number
  • You will be asked to move to the sanctuary as soon as you have provided the information and not socialise in the welcome area. You should use the hand sanitiser gel provided before entering the sanctuary
  • Please always follow the one-way system indicated by the floor stickers
  • There will be fewer chairs available and these will be arranged to comply with social distancing requirements
  • You should observe social distancing when talking to others
  • You will be asked to come to the front for Communion
  • Singing is not permitted
  • Refreshments will not be served after the service and you will be asked to exit the building quickly without gathering in the welcome area
  • Limited toilet facilities will be available if necessary
  • You should use the hand sanitiser gel provided before leaving the building
  • You should only remove your mask/face covering when you have left the building.

If attending a service that includes communion

Please watch the walkthrough video of what to expect at this on-site service.

Communion services will be held in the sanctuary at LRBC’s Marguerite Drive location. They will include on-screen songs of worship and praise, sometimes performed music, readings, prayers and communion. The service will last approximately 30 minutes.

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Life & Soul @ Home LIVE

Life & Soul @ Home Image
Currently taking a break, but you can watch previous episodes below.

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. Where as before the challenges of the current time we used to meet in a coffee shop, we now discuss and chat live online via YouTube and Facebook Live. The episodes are fun and interactive and all views are welcome, but alas you’ll need to supply your own barista style coffee and chocolate – sorry! Whether you consider yourself an atheist, agnostic, spiritual but not religious, a Christian believer or not sure, you would be very welcome do tune in!


Wednesday evenings at 8:30pm (currently taking a break, but watch past episodes below).


LRBC’s Facebook Page or LRBC’s YouTube Channel

You can also play catch-up and watch all already streamed episodes of Life & Soul below (although the comments won’t be live).

Let us know what you think!

Take the short survey, we’d love to hear your views…

Take the Life @ Soul @ Home Survey

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#Pray4Leigh Can the church pray for you?

Stop! Leigh-on-Sea can we pray for you?

Leigh Road Baptist Church has been praying for Leigh-on-Sea and its people for over 125 years, and it is our absolute joy to continue to do so.

We believe wholeheartedly in the power of prayer, simply put, we’ve see prayer work.

If as an individual, business, school or organisation in Leigh-on-Sea you would like us to pray for you or your situation, please post your prayer request in the box below and hit submit.

‘Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?’

Why not check out TryPraying, a 7 day prayer guide for the non-religious, for those who aren’t into church, the atheist and agnostic.

Visit to get the 7 day guide, or just start praying.

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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 at 9:45 am and run until 1 pm are hosted currently on Zoom due to the pandemic 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. Praying for the Frontline
  4. Developing Spiritual Formation in a Whole-Life Disciplemaking Church
  5. Preaching 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.

More info:

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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.

Posted by Leigh Road Baptist Church on Monday, 23 December 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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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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