Coronavirus Response | Leigh Road Baptist Church

Leigh Road Baptist Church | Corona Virus Updates

Updated Saturday 26 March 2022, 20:36 hrs

We are in unprecedented times and although government restrictions are being relaxed, we’re trying to do our best for everyone as we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping safe at Leigh Road Baptist Church gatherings

With the removal of all remaining government restrictions relating to COVID-19 we will no longer be asking that you wear a mask when you attend gatherings at LRBC or that you follow a one-way system around the church.  However, we continue to strongly recommend:

  • The use of hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building
  • Maintaining social distance when choosing where to sit and when moving around

In addition

  • It remains important to keep the premises well ventilated so windows and doors will be open. Please do remember to wear warm clothing
  • An area of seating is provided in the rear right-hand corner for those who do not wish to sit with people who are not wearing a mask and/or will be singing
  • Teas/coffees will usually be available after the 10.30am gathering in the main hall

For those unable to attend on-site LRBC are live streaming the 10:30 am gathering via Facebook Live | YouTube (Please subscribe on YouTube) and Twitter.

Other activities have opened again, please check the website or your group leader for more information on specific activities, services and events.

Bookings and room hire

As Government restrictions are lifted we are open to take bookings for the hire of the Main Hall (with access to the Church Garden) and The Lounge and The Loft in The Stables. Please contact Susan Fyvie who looks after bookings via the church office on 01702 478698 or via email for further information on charges and availability.

You will understand that our plans and activities may need to change at short notice if government advice and guidance is amended.

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

All groups on the Leigh Road Baptist Church and The Stables premises are able to re-open. Please contact your group leader for further information.

Bright Sparks Baby & Toddler Group

This is now open on Wednesdays in term times, please see the Brights Sparks page for more information.

Homegroups

Home/small groups are now able to meet. Please call or message your group leader for further information.

Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school

LRBC Pre-school has been running safely under Covid 19 guidelines throughout the pandemic. If you need any information about LRBC pre-school operations or inquiries about registering your child for attendance then please email preschool@lrbc.org.uk and check the pre-school pages here.

Children’s & Youth Groups

We are providing junior church and creche facilities (with Livestream coverage or the main gathering) for the 10.30 am gathering on Sundays. Availability of other children’s and youth activities will be notified on this website and social media channels.

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

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

Southend-on-Sea City Council has set up a dedicated website page for latest Cornavirus advice and guidance.

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

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.

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.

Posted in Corona Virus, LRBC, LRBC Online, Press release | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Coronavirus Response | Leigh Road Baptist Church

Southend Foodbank donation drop-off times for Leigh-on-Sea

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!

Posted in Community work, News, Press release, Social Justice | Tagged | Comments Off on Southend Foodbank donation drop-off times for Leigh-on-Sea

#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, its people and the wider world 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 see prayer work.

If as an individual, business, school or organisation in Leigh-on-Sea or indeed beyond 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.

Posted in News, Prayer | Tagged , , | Comments Off on #Pray4Leigh Can the church pray for you?

Supporting Ukraine | Pray | Donate | Host

Serving Our Fellow-Ukrainians, Even as We Flee…
EBF: Serving Our Fellow-Ukrainians, Even as We Flee…

Got questions about sponsoring or housing Ukrainian Refugees?

Sanctuary Foundation the national organisation headed up by Dr Krish Kandiah are hosting an online information session titled “How to welcome Ukrainian Refugees
Wednesday 16 March 7.30pm-9pm for anyone who is interested.

How to welcome Ukrainian Refugees event.

More details can be found here…
https://sanctuaryfoundation.org.uk/events

A Continuing Prayer for Ukraine

God of all,
With alarm and concern we bring before you
the military intervention in Ukraine. 
In a world you made for peace and flourishing,
we lament the use of armed force.
We mourn every casualty of this conflict,
every precious life extinguished by war.
We pray comfort for those who grieve
and those who are fearful.
Hear our longing that leaders and nations
will honour the worth of all people
by having the courage
to resolve conflict through dialogue.
May all our human failings be transformed
by your wonderful grace and goodness
We ask this in the name of Christ,
the author of peace and sustainer of Creation.
Amen.

Giving

We have all seen and heard the distressing pictures and news from Ukraine. The local population is suffering from the Russian invasion in many different ways including the separation of families and the shelling of residential areas. Many people are fleeing abroad and there is a great need to provide food, water, medicines and shelter for these refugees.

The leadership team of Leigh Road Baptist Church has considered what our response should be as a church and has decided to send £5,000 to the European Baptist Federation (EBF). The EBF is working with partners in Ukraine, Poland and other surrounding nations who are best placed to know what practical help and assistance is needed by those most affected.

We are aware that many of you would like to help in some way and so we would invite the church family together to try and match the £5,000 that the church is already sending to the EBF to add to the overall donation.  You can do this at the LRBC on-site gatherings by putting cash or a cheque in the green giving envelopes provided, marking them for Ukraine, which will be available over the next few weeks. Alternatively, you can transfer funds by bank transfer, please contact the church office for these details. 

If you are a UK taxpayer then please provide the church treasurer with your name, address and the amount you’ve donated to finance@lrbc.org.uk so that we can recover the tax via Gift Aid which will increase the value of your donation.

Thank you!

Posted in Fairtrade, News, Prayer | Tagged | Comments Off on Supporting Ukraine | Pray | Donate | Host

Life & Soul @ Home LIVE

Life & Soul at Home Not On Right Now
Life & Soul at Home Not On Right Now

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, more recently online but sometimes in-person with talks, activities and discussion where 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.

Maybe you have found yourself trying to make sense of life. Perhaps you’ve been wondering if there is a God and, if so, why God has been letting all this bad stuff in the world happen? Life & Soul has been developed to help people explore spiritual things, whether or not they see themselves as religious.

When?

The current series has now ended. Please keep an eye on this page and www.life-and-soul.uk for news on when life & Soul returns. Add your email address via the new website to be reminded when Life & Soul goes live. Visit www.life-and-soul.uk

Play catchup on past episodes

Past episodes and live streams can still be watched again via LRBC’s Facebook Page or LRBC’s YouTube Channel and questions posed and your thoughts brought up in the Life & Soul Community Facebook group. They are also shown below.

The most recent season discussed the following questions.

  • If God made the world, why is it so messed up?
  • Why are people so horrible to one another?
  • Does God care when things go wrong?
  • Where can I find hope?
  • How can I get connected with God and with other people?
  • How can I know myself better?

Looking for the Life & Soul Facebook Group?

You can request to join the Life & Soul Facebook Group here…

Posted in Alpha Course, Events, Explore Christianity, Life & Soul | Tagged | Comments Off on Life & Soul @ Home LIVE

LRBC’s response to the death of Sir David Amess MP

The late Sir David Amess MP
Sir David Amess MP speaking at the induction service of Rev Andrew Cowley to Leigh Road Baptist Church (April 2018). Photo credit: Steven Paul Collins Photography

Our hearts and prayers as Leigh Road Baptist Church go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Sir David Amess who sadly died following an attack at his constituency surgery on Friday 15 October 2021.

Rev Steve Tinning of Leigh Road Baptist Church said, “In my experience David was a warm, compassionate and dedicated servant to Southend. We met on regular occasions as he supported the church, local refugees and regularly entertained my political concerns. He was a man of deep faith and conviction. I will miss him very much”.

Both Rev Steve Tinning and Rev Andrew Cowley have offered their heartfelt condolences on behalf of LRBC and have spoken into the grief felt by the community of Southend-on-Sea. Steve has appeared on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live, BBC Radio Essex and conducted various other interviews. Andrew Cowley spoke on Premier Radio paying tribute to Sir David and the man of faith he was.

Helping the community with their grief

Leigh Road Baptist Church’s Rev Steve Tinning and Rev Mark Umpleby of United Benefice of Batley have been talking to each other a week on from the death of Sir David on the Sonia Watson’s BBC Essex Radio Breakfast show on Friday 22 October.

The two clergy from Sir David Amess’ and Jo Cox’s constituencies shared their experiences of losing their MP’s in tragic circumstances and the impact on their local communities. Listen to the interview below.

On Thursday 21st October Rev Andrew Cowley gave the address at a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Sir David Amess with other church leaders from across Leigh-on-Sea.

Watch the service below.

President: Fr Clive Hillman, Priest in charge, St Clements Church, Leigh, Gospeler: Fr Jeff Woolnough, Parish Priest, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Eastwood Parish. Preacher: The Rev’d Andrew Cowley, Leigh Road Baptist Church, Intercessor: Gavin Dixon, King’s Church Southend and Churches Together in Leigh-on-Sea, with Major (Dr) Jacquie Hanover, C.O. Leigh-on-Sea Salvation Army, Church and Community Centre and music from the The Music Man Project Essex.

Leigh Road Baptist Church’s Minister Rev Steve Tinning and Father Jeffrey Woolnough, priest at Saint Peter’s Catholic Parish of Eastwood chatted with BBC Sunday Morning Live presenters Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips about the untimely and cruel death of Sir David Amess MP and the impact his life had on so many in his constituency of Southend West and beyond on Sunday 17 October 2021. The interview is availabe to watch below.

On Friday 22 October a week on, a two-minute silence has been held by a community mourning the loss of their MP, Sir David Amess. Rev Steve Tinning attended to pay respects on behalf of the Leigh Road Baptist Church.

Posted in News | Tagged | Comments Off on LRBC’s response to the death of Sir David Amess MP

How to stop Climate Change – 2. Stand up for the Planet!

Members of LRBC Green Group petition Sir David Amess on behalf of young familiesof the church and local community, to ask him to support Environmental legislation in September 2021

By Sarah Lennard-Brown

This is the second in a series of posts on What we can do as a Church to Stop Climate Change in the run up to COP26 1st – 12th November 2021. In the first post I talked about the importance of praying for COP26 and our political leaders. The second thing you can do to stop climate change is to talk to your local Member of Parliament and Town and County Councillors about the importance of tackling climate change.

First a confession. Standing up and bearing witness is something I was not, and am not, comfortable with. I am by nature a quiet, thoughtful person and would rather keep my head down, avoiding any confrontation or disagreement.  Even writing this is an act of courage for me. There will be those among you who do not want to hear what I have to say. However, there is a time for everything in its season. There is ‘a time to be silent and a time to speak’, (Ecclesiastes 3 1-8) and now is the time, for all of us, not just to speak but to shout, so our voices can be heard.

The world is in peril, the plants and animals we know, and love, here in Essex and around the world are in danger from rising temperatures. Billions of people around the world are affected now by rising sea levels, unstable weather systems, flooding and fire due to our continued use of fossil fuels. The United Nations has issued a Code Red for Humanity. We must act now. This is important. From a Christian perspective it is about:

  • Being faithful stewards of Gods beautiful creation
  • Justice for the world’s most vulnerable communities
  • And it is about hope for the future, building stronger, fairer, and flourishing communities living within the Earth’s limits. (Why Faith Matters, Green Christian)

Public Witness is something that Christians are very familiar with. Christian Public Witness is rooted in a philosophy of non-violent love of enemy and involves:

  • Speaking truth to power
  • Seeking to transform the other person or organisation through loving yet prophetic engagement. (Christian Peacemaker Teams)
monthly Carbon Dioxide readings Mauna Loa Observatory september 2019
Carbon Dioxide atmospheric levels recorded at Mauna Loa Observatory in September 2019

I was brought up in a scientific household, my father was a Chemistry teacher, and since I was a young child, I have known that climate change was happening, and it was bad. But I had faith that the government and organisations would do the best thing for the climate and all of us. In autumn 2018 I had a sudden realisation that this wasn’t going to happen. I had been following the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii that monitors atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.  Carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced when we burn fossil fuels, things like oil, petroleum, and gas. and in September 2018 it became apparent that carbon dioxide levels were 405 ppm and the world was doing nothing to stop it. The use of fossil fuels continued to grow. The last time atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide were this high was 2 – 3 million years ago in the Pliocene era. When sea levels were on average between 50 and 80 ft higher than now (15 – 24m) so most of the current land was underwater, average temperatures were 2-3 ˚C higher and Arctic temperatures were between 10-20 ˚C hotter (something we have seen happen over the last three summers with temperatures in the Arctic peaking at 32°C (90°F) on 20th June 2021 at Saskylah in Arctic Siberia.

Members of LRBC Green Group and Eco-Essex showing Sir David Amess around the 2019 Eco Fair

I felt a profound level of mental, physical and spiritual distress as this realisation hit me. It was overwhelming how bad things are and how much we need to do to put things right. I felt I had to do something. I had to speak and be heard, to take action to help save my children, my family and my community from the disaster that was coming like a huge truck down the road. In January 2019 I spoke to Andrew Cowley and he encouraged me to set up the LRBC Green Group. The LRBC Green Group are a fantastic team and have been involved in lots of activities, most of them relating to Christian Public Witness in one form or another including:

Taking part as The Time in Now lobby and Faith march, organised by The Climate Coalition, a group of organisations including the Women’s Institute, WWF, RSPB, Christian Aid, CAFOD and over 90 other organisations.

Inviting our MP Sir David Amess to open the LRBC/Eco-Southend Eco Fair and talk to the stall holders.

Inviting Southend Councillor Carole Mulroney to speak at the Eco Fair and talk to local people about Climate crisis.

Writing to our MP’s and Councillor’s about local and national climate issues. In September representatives of LRBC Green Group took a petition from the children of LRBC and other local families to Sir David Amess to ask him to undertake to support the Ecological and Environmental Emergency Act and the Climate Change Act.

LRBC Green Group met Sir David Amess on the train on the way to lobby him at the Time is Now mass lobby and March in 2019

Speaking to your MP is powerful act. The only way we can reduce our use of fossil fuels is if Members of Parliament make the necessary changes in law and policy. Politicians are worried that the steps they need to take to stop climate change are going to be unpopular. They depend on the support of the people in their constituencies for their jobs in parliament. One of the most important things you can do is write or speak to your MP and tell them you want them to support the changes and legislation needed to stop climate change. You need to empower them to have the courage to stand up for the planet in parliament.

When we met Sir David Amess on the train on our way to The Time is Now march and parliamentary lobby, he was very supportive. But he asked us to continue protesting and lobbying as people needed to hear our message.  He said that no one comes to talk to him in his surgeries about climate change and that made him think there wasn’t broad local support for action to stop climate change. We need to change that.

So, I have a challenge for you. Today I would like you to contact your MP – find them here, and your local counsellor – find them here and write to them, or, even better, visit them in their surgeries. And let them know that you want them to take action to stop climate change.

The first Global Community Saturday takes place on October 9th 2021 at 191 Leigh Road, next door to the Phabulous Cafe.

Other things you can do to stand up for the planet, include supporting sustainable activities at church and in the local community including things like:

  • Global community Saturdays 9th October 2021 – 191 (Next to the Phabulous Café) 11-2pm
  • Eco Christmas fair 20th November 2021 LRBC
  • write letters,
  • sign an online petition,
  • go on a protest march

This week Mauna Loa reported that the CO2 in the atmosphere was 413.3 ppm. Carbon dioxide levels are continuing to rise as our use of fossil fuels increases relentlessly. We can do this. We need to stop using fossil fuels now and stand up for the planet.

Prayer

Loving God,

Creator of teeming oceans and resounding forests,
Forgive the way we have exploited your creation for our own ends.
Putting profit, greed and status before wellbeing and sustainability.
Give us hope that you are restoring and redeeming amongst us.
We pray that change will come quickly to preserve species.
And we remember those at the forefront of climate change now.
Give us reassurance that no act of ours is too small or insignificant.
And will change hearts, even our own.
Amen.

Plenty Resources

Resources

Sir David Amess, Southend West, https://www.davidamess.co.uk/

James Duddridge Southend East  https://members.parliament.uk/member/1559/contact/

Rebecca Harris Castle Point  https://www.rebeccaharris.org/

Castle point Council  https://www.castlepoint.gov.uk/councillors/

Southend council details. https://democracy.southend.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

 Leigh Town council details. https://www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk/councillors

Find your MP – https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP

How to talk to your MP about Climate Change – https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/how-to-talk-to-your-mp-about-climate-change

Sarah Lennard-Brown

Posted in Green & Eco Issues | Tagged | Comments Off on How to stop Climate Change – 2. Stand up for the Planet!

Why we all need to pray for COP26

COP26 Glasgow, 1-12November 2021

A rare event happened on September 8th this year that you may have missed. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Pope Francis, and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, released their first ever joint statement. The statement was about COP26. The Church leaders talked about a ‘critical moment’ for humanity. They urged people to ‘listen to the cry of the Earth and of people who are poor and they called on leaders from all over the world to embark on a transition to just and sustainable economies. 

The three church leaders have never made a joint statement before. It must be something pretty big to make them cooperate in this way you may think, and it is – really, really big.

They continued: ‘We stand before a harsh justice: biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and climate change are the inevitable consequences of our actions, since we have greedily consumed more of the earth’s resources than the planet can endure. But we also face a profound injustice: the people bearing the most catastrophic consequences of these abuses are the poorest on the planet and have been the least responsible for causing them.’

Code red for the climate

Over the last year the impact of climate change has been impossible to ignore. In the summer the United Nations, World Meteorological Organization, World Health Organisation, The International Panel on Climate Change, and the Met Office issued a report that detailed the devastating changes to the climate in 2020. They issued a stark warning that we were close to our last chance to do anything about it. They said:

  • It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biosphere have occurred.
  • The scale of recent changes across the climate system as a whole and the present state of many aspects of the climate system are unprecedented over many centuries to many thousands of years.
  • Human-induced climate change is already increasing the frequency and intensity of many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe.

COP26, November 2021

The COP26 meeting – the 26th Conference of the Parties takes place on the 1st -12 November 2021. COP26 is a chance for the world to come together to start actually reducing the use of fossil fuels. Leaders from over 190 countries are meeting in Glasgow to agree a way forward. In 2015, COP21 produced the Paris agreement where countries agreed to limit average global warming to 1.5 °C. Since 2021, fossil fuels have continued to be burnt in ever greater quantities. The current global temperature increase is an average of 1.2°C. The ambition of the Paris agreement was good, but the commitments were not enough to stop global warming. To have a 50% chance of keeping the global average temperature rise below 1.5°C the world has to achieve net zero production of carbon dioxide by 2050 and halve carbon dioxide production by 2030. COP26 has a huge task ahead of it.

Justin Welby, Pope Francis, and The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have asked us to take action. They want us to pray for:

  • World leaders ahead of COP26
  • For individuals: To make meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the planet, working together and taking responsibility for how we use our resources
  • For those with far-reaching responsibilities: To choose people-centred profits and lead the transition to just and sustainable economies

Prayer points for COP26 Glasgow

From the Baptist Union Environmental Network:

  • Pray that the UK government will lead by example and show clearly how we will achieve our own targets for climate action and achieving net zero.
  • Pray for justice and fairness to be at the heart of the decisions that are made.
  • Pray that representatives from developing countries will not be limited from attending due to COVID19
  • Pray for Government ministers and others leading the conference.
  • Pray for the voices of young people to be heard in every aspect of the conference.

The role of the Christian community

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to awaken the hearts of all Christians to our complicity in harming God’s creation and then to see ourselves as those who should lead by example.
  • Pray for our church communities to invest in green solutions within our buildings and land, and a willingness to share best practice.
  • Pray for Christian voices to speak up against the injustice of climate change as it effects the poorer nations disproportionately, and for richer nations to financially support green solutions across the world.

Find out more:

Posted in Green & Eco Issues, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on Why we all need to pray for COP26

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.

Posted in Corona Virus, Prayer | Comments Off on A Prayer | One year since Lockdown 1: Tuesday 23 March

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!

.


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

Posted in Children's & Family Work, Families Work, Fundraising, Pledge, Pre-school, Schools Work, Youth Work | Tagged , | Comments Off on Your pledge could make the difference to LRBC’s Youth & Children’s Work