Corona Virus Response | Leigh Road Baptist Church

Leigh Road Baptist Church | Corona Virus Updates

Updated Friday 10 December 2021, 16:30 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 with Leigh Road Baptist Church

From Friday 10 December the government has made the wearing of face masks compulsory in most indoor venues and this includes places of worship. Masks may be removed for singing if you feel comfortable to do so but will need to be worn at all other times when on church premises. In addition, we continue to strongly recommend:

  • using hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building
  • following the floor signs and directions, especially the one-way flow around the church
  • maintaining social distance when moving around
  • It remains important to keep the premises well ventilated so windows and doors will be open – please remember to wear warm clothing. Please also remember that the seats at the rear right of the church are reserved for those that wish to wear a face mask at all times during the service.

Sunday Gatherings

Also from Sunday 12 December:

  • You will continue to not 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. Once seated you can remove (but do not have to). You do note need to wear a mask when singing but may wish to do so.
  • 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 (rear right hand corner). 
  • 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

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

Children’s & Youth Groups

We are providing junior church and creche facilities (with Livestream coverage or the main gathering) for our 10.30 am gathering on a Sundays. All other children’s and youth groups will be gradually open and notification 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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