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.
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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 email@example.com
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.
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
A guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic from Rehab 4 Addiction.
Southend Foodbank drop-off times
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.
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.