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.

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