Corona Virus Response | Leigh Road Baptist Church

Leigh Road Baptist Church | Corona Virus Updates

Updated Sunday 5 May 2021, 12:16 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 announcements mean for us as a church, taking into account further advice from the Baptist Union GB and the falling infection rates locally. We are delighted to say that we feel able to meet on-site at 9 am and 10:30 am each Sunday for those that book in advance, but subject to government restrictions on social distancing and other requirements in order to maintain the safety of our visitors, members, volunteers and staff.

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

Book your free place

You can book to attend the Sunday 9 am and 10:30 am gatherings via in advance by midnight of the preceding Thursday. For those not online, please phone the church office on 01702 478698 to book yourself or others in. You do not need to print off and bring any ticket emailed to you to attend the gathering, just saying the name you booked in with is fine.

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. Following the Government’s roadmap it is likely that certain activities will be permitted from Monday 17 May, whilst after Monday 21 June the Government has indicated that there will be no restrictions inside or out. Please contact Jane Brookes who looks after bookings via the church office on 01702 478698 or via email at 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 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

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.

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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