Updated Thursday 2 June 2020, 17:55hrs
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.
Please read the latest update for Sunday Services as of Friday 26 June 2020
Watch the latest online gathering…
Archive of resources from past online broadcasts
Video resources for Sunday 22 March 2020, 10:30 am with Pam Davies and Andrew Cowley
You can download the Finger Labyrinth for at home that Pam mentions in her message here (PDF 60 kb)
The latest changes to the happenings of Leigh Road Baptist Church.
Sunday Services Update | Friday 26 June 202
You may be aware that the government is relaxing current restrictions which will allow churches to start holding services from early July should they wish to do so and subject to social distancing and other measures. Government is in the process of putting together more detailed guidance which will be available shortly and which the Baptist Union will review to provide advice on what is required of individual churches.
The ministry and staff teams have been discussing a return to Sunday services on the premises but in the absence of further information and how long it might take to implement any requirements, we are unable to commit to a firm date when this might re-commence. In any event it is important to understand that any services will look and feel very different to those that we are familiar with from pre-Covid-19 days and may remain so for quite some time.
We will continue to monitor information as it becomes available and develop our planning to allow us all to meet together again, although numbers may be limited initially to meet requirements for social distancing and any other measures. In the meantime our Sunday services and bi-weekly prayer and communion gatherings will continue on-line using the LRBC YouTube channel and Facebook page. We look forward to meeting up with everyone ‘virtually’ on these occasions.
Further communication will be provided through the Weekly and Midweek email updates as our thinking develops.
In the meantime be sure to be following the Leigh Road Baptist Church on the various social networks to be kept up to date:
Midweek groups cancelled until further notice
All groups at the Leigh Road Baptist Church and The Stables premises are cancelled until further notice.
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.
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
A guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic from Rehab 4 Addiction.
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.