Corona Virus Response | Leigh Road Baptist Church

Leigh Road Baptist Church | Corona Virus Updates

Updated Sunday 21 September 2021, 15:45 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.

Sunday Gatherings

We’re making some changes to the arrangements for our Sunday gatherings as government relaxes the Covid restrictions. However, infection rates remain high in this area and the government “expects and recommends” the use of face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces so we still need to be cautious.

So from Sunday 19 September:

  • You will no longer need to book to attend. Obviously you shouldn’t attend if you have or think you have any symptoms. If you do attend please put the concerns, anxieties and needs of others above your own preferences (it’s a love your neighbour kinda’ thing)
  • You may be asked to sign in or provide your name and phone number for ‘test and trace’ purposes or, if you have the NHS Covid app, to scan the QR code
  • When entering, exiting or moving around the premises we continue to ask you to wear a mask but you can remove this once seated in the building and no longer need to wear a mask when singing
  • An area of seating is provided for those who do not wish to sit with those who are not wearing a mask and/or will be singing. 
  • The one-way system will remain in place for now and we’re asking everyone to keep some physical distance from others when moving around
  • We hope to provide tea/coffee after the 10.30am gathering (subject to volunteers) and you are welcome to bring your own cups if you feel safer doing so. Tea/coffee will be provided in the church hall or garden depending on weather
  • We continue to recommend the regular use of the hand sanitisers provided

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 (Periscope)

Other activities and events will open up as government restrictions relax further.

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 Jane Brookes 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 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.

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 but with some restrictions in place. Please contact your group leader for further information.


Home/small groups are now able to meet but with some restrictions in place. Please call or message your group leader for further information.

Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school

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

Children’s & Youth Groups

We are providing junior church and creche facilities for our 10.30 am gathering on a Sundays. All other children’s and youth groups will be gradually open and notifcation will be placed 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 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

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 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!

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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