Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has asked the churches in the borough to make their congregations aware of the dire need for new loving foster families. Nationally the number of children taken into care has increased by 25% over the last decade and so there are many vulnerable children in need of good people who will care for them in their time of need.
There are two evening events planned for those who might be interested to find out more – with absolutely no expectations/commitment at this stage. Local Christian foster parents will be there to share their experiences, Southend Council will also be there to explain the need and answer questions of process, and the Christian Charity “Home for Good”, that support Christian foster families, will also participate in the evenings. We would love to see you there.
16th May 2019, 7.30pm – Southend Christian Fellowship, 600 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea SS12PT 20th May 2019, 7.30pm – Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS91NN
Both events fall in “Foster Care Fortnight”
James 1:27 What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering.
Did you know that since May last year when Gina Cox first started the Fairtrade stall at Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC), you’ve helped raise an amazing £598 for Traidcraft Fairtrade farmers and artisans, so a huge Thank You on their behalf for supporting Fairtrade.
Gina said, “I wish to say big thank you for supporting the Fairtrade stall at LRBC, I’ve been so encouraged by so many of you who come over to tell me that you look out for Fairtrade when you are shopping which is fantastic, or that you’ve enjoyed various Fairtrade foods and gifts from the stall.”
At the end of Fairtrade Fortnight the church recommitted to its status as a Fairtrade Church during its Sunday morning worship service. As part of the service we explored the amazing affect that choosing Fairtrade and asking for Fairtrade products makes when we shop. We did this through games, video, prayer and update from Gina on the Fairtrade Foundation and its movement. You can listen to the podcast of the service on our dedicated web page:
This year the Fairtrade Foundation wanted to highlight the plight of those who grow the Cocoa for the chocolate that we eat. This year they especially wanted to focus on women farmers and workers. Women plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, collect the water and wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but so often with far fewer rights, and far less wages than men.
In 2016 the World price for Cocoa crashed,
leaving a lot of cocoa farmers struggling to survive, and to pay for basic
necessities such as food, education fees and medical care.
The Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest cocoa producer,
and 4 million farmers and workers grow
cocoa there, much of this cocoa then comes to the UK. And yet, the majority of cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast live
below the United Nations poverty line. The Fairtrade Foundation estimate that £1.86
is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to
achieve a living income.
However currently, a typical cocoa farmer in the Ivory Coast
lives on around 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa who grow the
cocoa for the chocolate we eat live in poverty, and many feel that if things do
not improve then Cocoa farming is not sustainable and they will need to look
for another way to make an income, so if things do not improve we could see
cocoa supplies reducing in years to come and possibly as a result less
There are many processes that Cocoa goes through
to become the chocolate bars that we know and recognise, there are those that
process the cocoa, those that export it, the chocolate companies that make it
into the product we recognise and then the retailers that sell it to us, and
each person along the way takes a cut of the profit. The Fairtrade Foundation
estimate that only 6% of the retail price of an average bar of chocolate
actually goes back to the farmer, in comparison around 70% of the retail price
goes to the chocolate companies and 17% to the retailers.
Fairtrade helps to redress this imbalance. Fairtrade
guarantees a minimum price to farmers for the cocoa they produce, even when
world trade prices fluctuate farmers under the Fairtrade scheme know they will
still get a set amount per tonne of cocoa produced, and having this stable
income helps them to plan more for the future. On top of this
Fairtrade certified farmers also get Social Premium money, which is an amount
given to each cooperative to spend on the development of their communities,
this money will often be spent on healthcare and education projects, building
wells, or on training for farmers to help them improve their crop quality and
yields especially currently with the challenges of a changing climate. In 2016
£22 million of Fairtrade Premium money was given to Cocoa farmers for these
Fairtrade also helps readdress gender issues ensuring that women get paid the same amount for the same work. Fairtrade helps ensure there is no child slavery or human trafficking on cocoa farms, and helps farmers with training and access to markets, and diversification projects so that farmers are not solely reliant on cocoa.
Because of the benefits that Fairtrade provides many more farmers across
the globe would really like to be under the Fairtrade scheme, and be able to
sell more of their crop on Fairtrade terms, but that solely depends on the
demand for Fairtrade goods and food this end to make this a reality for them.
So there are things we can all do
to help, We can think carefully about what we buy, and look out for Fairtrade
labelled goods when we are shopping and think about the opportunities we may
have to increase Fairtrade at church, at work and at home.
We can tell businesses and government that we want trade to be fair, and
we have a petition postcard available on
the fairtrade stall calling on the government to make sure our upcoming trade deals
with developing countries puts poverty reduction first, so please do take one
of those. And finally we can pray for all those people around the world who grow
our food, who make our clothes, and produce other things that we consume.
Finally a I wish to say big Thank You for supporting the Fairtrade stall
here, Ive been so encouraged by so many of you who come over to tell me that
you look out for fairtrade when you are shopping which is fantastic, or that
you’ve enjoyed various Fairtrade foods and gifts from the stall.
And since May last year when I first started the Fairtrade stall at Leigh
Road, you’ve helped raise an amazing £598 for Traidcraft fairtrade farmers and
artisans, so a huge Thank You on their behalf for supporting Fairtrade.
On Thursday 7th March 2019, Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea celebrated World Book Day with millions of other children around the world. The children and staff were encouraged to come to pre-school as their favourite character from a book.
Lisa Sutton, LRBC Pre-school Manager said, “World Book Day is a highlight of our calendar at Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school. It was a delight to see all the children and staff dressed up as their favourite characters; from Peter Pan and Captain Hook from JM Barrie’s classic to Little Red Riding Hood from the much loved fairy tale by Charles Perrault . This fun day also raised £35 for LRBC Pre-school which will go towards activities such as visits from Southend United FC.”
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. Mornings are fun and interactive, with barista coffee and pastries, 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
Coming soon – contact us to find when the next Life & Soul starts
Leigh Road Baptist Church
Or call Leigh Road Baptist Church office on 01702 478698 and ask about Life & Soul
Ebeneezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas, until one Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his late business partner. Marley warns him that the miserly spirit with which he lives his life will mean misery in the afterlife. Scrooge is then visited by three more spirits. The Ghost of Christmas Past reminds him of his unhappy childhood and the poor choices he made as a young man. The Ghost of Christmas Present opens his eyes to the poverty all around him and the generous Christmas spirit that his poor neighbours show each other despite their circumstances. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come reveals the legacy he will leave behind him when he dies unless he changes his ways. Finally Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning, a changed man, determined to honour Christmas in his heart, and keep it all year round.
Follow on a journey with Scrooge via four short films on the church Facebook, Twitter and Instagram weekly across December on #WhatTheDickens as together we seek to discover what the Dickens Christmas is really all about.
…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!
Watched the films, so what now?
With the passing of Christmas does the message dim or does it blaze brightly as an offer to all of us every day of the year? Scrooge met with a transformation at Christmas, his outlook, heart and mind recieved the light of Christmas and his life took on a new meaning.
“I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!” Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. “The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be praised for this. I say it on my knees, old Jacob, on my knees”.
He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk — that anything — could give him so much happiness. In the afternoon he turned his steps towards his nephew’s house.
He passed the door a dozen times, before he had the courage to go up and knock. But he made a dash, and did it:
An installation of silhouettes and their stories of fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers, linked to Leigh Road Baptist Church and from Leigh-on-Sea on display in Leigh Road Baptist Church, Leigh-on-Sea until 14th November.
Pop along at any time while open.
There but not there installation: Saturday 10th November, 1pm-5pm Remembrance Sunday Service and Instalation: With live coverage on the big screen from the Cenotaph, London: Sunday 11th November, 10:30am-12 noon, installation remains open until 2pm. There but not there installation & talk: Monday 12th November, 10am-12 noon, installation remains open until 4:30pm. There but not there installation: Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th November, 9:30am until 4:30pm.
There But Not There aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
Halloween? Love it or Hate it? Take our quick poll below and then read on and watch on below.
God’s light has defeated the darkness
We all have things we’re afraid of. Some of them we know are silly, such as fear of spiders, air travel or being alone in the dark. Some of our fears are deeper, though: we may be worried about the future, scared of the terrible things we see on the news, or afraid of people seeing us as we really are.
When you put on a light, it’s not dark any more. Christians believe that God shone brightly in the darkness and defeated it through his Son, Jesus Christ. We read in the Bible that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross and then came back to life on the third day after his death. That means that God is more powerful than all the things we are afraid of – he’s even more powerful than death itself.
Have a great time this Halloween, dressing up, eating sweets and enjoying yourself, but don’t be afraid.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
– John chapter 8 verse 12, The Bible (New Living Translation)
Vast armies undead do tread through the night and
In hordes march towards hapless victims to frighten.
They stumble in step with glass-eyes on the prizes;
Bunched hither, hunched over in monstrous disguises;
In sizes not lofty but numb’ring a throng;
To unleash on their prey the dreaded DING DONG.
Small faces with traces of mother’s eye-liner,
Peer up to the resident candy provider.
And there to intone ancient threats learnt verbatim;
They lisp “TRICK OR TREAT!” Tis their stark ultimatum.
Thus: region by region such legions take plunder.
Does this spector-full spectacle cause you to wonder?
Just how did our fair festive forebears conceive,
Of this primeval practice called All Hallows Eve?
The answer, if anyone cares to research,
Surprises, it rises from old mother church.
On the cusp of the customary All Saints Day
The Christ-i-an kinsfolk made mocking display.
These children of light both to tease and deride;
Don darkness, doll down as the sinister side.
In pre-post-er-ous pageants and dress diabolic,
They hand to the damned just one final frolick.
You see with the light of the dawn on the morrow,
The sunrise will swallow such darkness and sorrow.
The future is futile for forces of evil;
And so they did scorn them in times Medieval.
For this is the nature of shadow and gloom;
In the gleaming of glory there can be no room.
What force is resourced by the echoing black?
When the brightness ignites can the shadow push back?
These ‘powers’ of darkness, if such can be called,
Are banished by brilliance, by blazing enthralled.
So the bible begins with this fore-resolved fight;
For a moment the darkness…. then “Let there be Light!”
First grief in the gloom, then joy from the East.
First valley of shadow, then mountaintop feast.
First wait for Messiah, then long-promised Dawn.
First desolate Friday and then Easter Morn.
The armies of darkness when doing their worst,
Can never extinguish this Dazzling Sunburst.
So… ridicule rogues if you must play a role;
But beware getting lost in that bottomless hole.
The triumph is not with the forces of night.
It dawned with the One who said “I am the Light!”
You are always welcome to join with us as we explore each Sunday who Jesus the light who expels all darkness is. We have lots on throughout the week too for children and adults, have an explore of our website or give us a call/email.
Following the success of last year’s Wellbeing Fair at Oasis The Coffee House, 189 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea we will again be offering a range of stalls promoting different ways of improving physical and mental wellbeing.
Whether life is a struggle or pretty good right now, we all need to maintain good physical and mental health. Come along and find out how you could be kinder to yourself.
Saturday 29 September, 10-3pm Oasis The Coffee House, 189 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea Drop in at any time to explore what’s on offer in treating ourselves well…
You’ll find info on…
// Craft Club // Reading Group // Food & Drink // Wellbeing Matters // CAP Money // Dementia Support // Talking Therapies // Conversation // Mind // Life & Soul Course //
We will also be previewing the new Oasis Saturday menu of light lunches and snacks as well as all your favourite Oasis Fairtrade coffees, teas and milkshakes.
Harvest Experience – a fun, interactive, harvest-themed event for all ages
Sunday 16 September 2018 – 10:30am to 12:00 noon
You are invited to a fun, interactive, harvest-themed event for all ages at Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea.
Together we will explore the good gifts of creation through craft, cooking, games, songs and (most importantly) food!
The Harvest Experience will last one hour and will have activities for pre-schoolers through to pensioners. It will be followed by a bring and share lunch, so If you are able, please bring some food to share on the day, along with a gift of non-perishable food to donate to the Southend Foodbank.