Corona Virus Response | Leigh Road Baptist Church

Leigh Road Baptist Church | Corona Virus Updates

Updated Wednesday 5 August 2020, 18:44hrs

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 this means for us as a church, taking into account further information for faith groups from the government and information circulated by the Baptist Union.  As a result, we have decided that all church based and other groups that use LRBC premises should cease for the foreseeable future. We realize that this will cause some disruption but feel this is a prudent measure given the advice from the government.

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 are cancelled until further notice.

Homegroups

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.

Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school

Pre-school has now closed under advice from the Government, as with all the groups, will be considering other measures as needed.

Children’s & Youth Groups

All of our regular children’s groups and youth groups including Friday Night Cafe in the former Oasis Coffee House are now closed 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.com has a page dedicated to how our local area is responding. They have taken a look at the most important changes taking place in our local area to help answer some of your questions. From elderly-only shopping times to text-service deliveries, and what local independent businesses are doing to continue trading and serve our town Please visit Leigh-on-Sea.com’s page to find out what you need to know…

Guarding your mental health

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

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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Life & Soul @ Home LIVE

Life & Soul @ Home Image

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!

When?

Wednesday evenings at 8:30pm

Where?

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 TryPraying.co.uk 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.

Finance

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!

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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 finance@lrbc.org.uk

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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. Praying for the Frontline
  4. Whole-life Worship
  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.

Fun.
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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2340623876249536/

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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 www.lrbc.org.uk/christmas 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 www.lrbc.org.uk/christmas 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

Where?

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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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 office@lrbc.org.uk 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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