ECO FAIR Leigh-on-Sea, 19 October 2019, 10am-3pm

Sir David Amess MP met two young members of LRBC and agreed to open the ECO FAIR in October 2019
Sir David Amess MP met two young members of LRBC and agreed to open the ECO FAIR in October 2019

Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC) is delighted to announce that the first Leigh-on-Sea ECO FAIR will be opened by Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West on Saturday 19th October 2019.

Come along and enjoy:

  • Eco artisan stalls selling an enormous range of eco products – everything from cakes and clothes to Solar Panels, soap and skincare
  • Kids activities, storytelling, craft, face painting and family scavenger hunt
  • Sustainability inspired artists including Ruth Rotherham and Gwen Simpson’s Connecting Threads Project
  • Information stalls including Veolia, Plastic Free Leigh, Leigh Town Council, Southend in Transition and many more
  • Bring and Buy stalls – come and browse our fantastic range of tools and craft supplies
  • Eco-café and cake stall
  • Come and listen to local people talking about their experience of trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle


We really believe there is still a chance to do something about climate change – that there remains a possibility that if we do the right thing – change our behaviours and work together – that global warming might in some way be arrested.

So LRBC are trying to work towards making our church more sustainable in everything we do – our worship and learning, buildings, use of land, local community and lifestyle and we’re trying to do this both locally and globally. We want LRBC to be a lighthouse in the local community, working with everyone to a greener, sustainable future.

The LRBC ECO FAIR is a chance for us all to learn more about how to do this, to find out what is happening already in our community. Come and join us and let’s make the world a better place. It’s going to be a wonderful day.

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Summer Sundays: church gatherings with a twist!

Summer Sundays 2019

Summer Sundays are short 1 hour gatherings with a twist.

Together we’ll be exploring the theme The Things They Never Told You In Sunday School but in whatever break-out session that takes your fancy… be that through music, children & family craft, free flow art space, discussion & debate circle or coffee and newspapers prayer prompts.

All ages are are welcome from 10:30 to 11:30 am on the following Sunday mornings 28 July, 4, 11, 18, 25 August and 1 September.

For those that like it traditional there will also be a talk each week following the same series: ‘The things they never told you in Sunday School’.

All are welcome! Come and dive in!

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LRBC Pre-school celebrate as OFSTED praise them as ‘Good’ in all areas

Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school Staff Team at recent Sports Day

A recent visit by OFSTED to Leigh Road Baptist Pre-school saw them state the quality and standards of the early years provision is “Good” across all inspection areas.

The report was glowing and a testament to the hard work, care and professionalism put in daily by the wonderful pre-school team lead by manager Lisa Sutton.

Rev Steve Tinning, one of the ministers at Leigh Road Baptist Church said, “The church at LRBC celebrate with the team, children and parents that are Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school. We’ve always known the top-notch work the team put in every day to care and set the children on a good path in their early years education. It’s wonderful to see this also recognise by OFSTED”.

Some of the highlights from the report which can be read on this link were:

“Children enter the pre-school happily and settle quickly. They are kind to each other”

“All children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, make good progress

“Teaching is consistently strong

“Parents describe the staff team as ‘very supportive’

“Children are confident learners

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LRBC Green group attend The Time Is Now action

On the 27th June Sarah, Matt, Gina and Jane from Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC) went to take part in an action in Westminster called “The Time Is Now”. This was an event run by the Climate Coalition, a group of over 130 organisations, including many faith based organisations, to call the government to take action on Climate Change.

They took part in the wider action and met with local MP, Sir David Amess, who spoke with them for a long time reflecting on the issue and how we can best respond – both locally and nationally.

On the 7th July the LRBC morning service considered the issue of climate change and our responsibility to care for God’s creation. The talk by Steve Tinning can now be downloaded or streamed as a podcast here

The time is now: Joint Public Issues Team vlog of the day
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Church minister leads on Our Turn Campaign for child refugees in Southend-on-Sea

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Hebrews 13:2

Over the last few years, one of the Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC) minister’s, Rev Steve Tinning, has been working alongside the charity ‘Safe Passage’ to campaign for more vulnerable and unaccompanied refugee children to be welcomed into the UK.

Last Autumn they organised 1000 people to come together at Friends House to hear from Kindertransport refugees who were rescued by the UK from the threat of Nazi persecution and death camps. Today, in the face of unprecedented numbers of refugees worldwide, we are left to consider how, 80 years on, now it is our turn to show compassion to some of the most vulnerable young lives in the world. 80 years ago we welcomed 10,000 children and young people in one year at a time of tremendous austerity as we were on the brink of war – now we are asking the government to welcome 10,000 child refugees over 10 years.

To accomplish this Steve, alongside other campaigners for Safe Passage, have been asking their councils to pledge space for the refugees should the government open up a safe and legal route. If every council in the country would welcome 30 children – that’s just three a year over the 10 years – then we’d have space for all 10,000. So far almost 1200 places have been pledged, including 30 in Southend.

At the end of June, Steve joined numerous other faith leaders, campaigners, refugees, councillors and politicians outside parliament to ask the government to open safe and legal passage for these children. He was joined by the leader of Southend Council, Cllr. Ian Gilbert, who publicly reiterated Southend’s pledge, and met with Southend West MP, Sir David Amess, who also expressed his support of the campaign.

If you would like to know more about how you can support refugees in Southend or about the wider national campaign, please get in touch with Steve at

Steve’s record of the day

See more about the day here:

Read the Guardian article                     

From Channel 5 News
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Lions award church volunteers for community work

Alan Cook of LRBC Receives the Lions of Leigh Centennial Certificate of Appreciation

The Lions Club of Leigh on Sea held their very first Community Celebration last night, with guests all committed to improving the lives of others, locally and beyond.

The Lions have been very generous in their support of the Southend Churches Winter Night Shelters – CWNS at Leigh Road Baptist Church(LRBC) and other community activities of the church. The evening was an opportunity to learn how their donations have also helped make a difference to others across the area as well as the work of the church.

After some chatting and light refreshments, everyone settled down to hear more about the guests’ projects. They then surprised a few with Lions Centennial Certificates of Appreciation for community service: Alan Cook and David Elcock, both from Leigh Road Baptist Church, to The Art Ministry led by Alan Webb, and, in absentia to Lucy Watts MBE, the health and disability activist.

Southend Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mark Flewitt, joined the Lions Club of Leigh President, Ruth Bassett, in handing out the certificates, which are personally signed by their patron HRH The Countess of Wessex.

David Stanley, founder of the The Music Man Project UK, was given the Lions International Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.

Alan Cook, of Leigh Road Baptist Church said “It was my privilege to represent Leigh Road Baptist Church, and we are humbled by this kind award. To be among such tremendous people enriching the lives of others in the community of Leigh-on-Sea and hearing of their stories.We are so thankful for the support of Lions Club of Leigh on Sea and the time and effort they too put into serving and raising funds for worthy causes in our neighbourhoods!”

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Plant & Craft Market Leigh-on-Sea

Plant and Craft Market Leigh-on-Sea 2019

Bedding and home potted plant sale. Craft and Artisan stalls. Refreshments and homemade cake stall. Plus much, much more.

Saturday 25 May 2019, 10:00-15:00

Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, SS9 1NN Leigh-on-Sea

Free entry!

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Come to a Dementia Awareness Evening

Dementia Awareness Evening

Coming up is Dementia Action Week 20-26 May 2019 and Leigh Road Baptist Church along with other local partners are putting on an awareness evening that all are invited to.

Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NN

Come along and find out more about dementia and the support and services available to people living with dementia and their carers in Southend-on-Sea, Castle Point and Rochford district.

If you are living with dementia or caring for someone living with dementia there are people available to support you please call 01702 534772 or email

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Children and young people in Southend-on-Sea are in real need of loving homes

Fostering Event Leigh Road Baptist Church

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has asked the churches in the borough to make their congregations aware of the dire need for new loving foster families. Nationally the number of children taken into care has increased by 25% over the last decade and so there are many vulnerable children in need of good people who will care for them in their time of need.

There are two evening events planned for those who might be interested to find out more – with absolutely no expectations/commitment at this stage. Local Christian foster parents will be there to share their experiences, Southend Council will also be there to explain the need and answer questions of process, and the Christian Charity “Home for Good”, that support Christian foster families, will also participate in the evenings. We would love to see you there.

16th May 2019, 7.30pm – Southend Christian Fellowship, 600 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2PT
20th May 2019, 7.30pm – Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NN

Both events fall in “Foster Care Fortnight”

James 1:27
What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 with LRBC

Fairtrade Fortnight LRBC 2019

Did you know that since May last year when Gina Cox first started the Fairtrade stall at Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC), you’ve helped raise an amazing £598 for Traidcraft Fairtrade farmers and artisans, so a huge Thank You on their behalf for supporting Fairtrade.

Gina said, “I wish to say big thank you for supporting the Fairtrade stall at LRBC, I’ve been so encouraged by so many of you who come over to tell me that you look out for Fairtrade when you are shopping which is fantastic, or that you’ve enjoyed various Fairtrade foods and gifts from the stall.”

Steve explains about Fairtrade at the church

At the end of Fairtrade Fortnight the church recommitted to its status as a Fairtrade Church during its Sunday morning worship service. As part of the service we explored the amazing affect that choosing Fairtrade and asking for Fairtrade products makes when we shop. We did this through games, video, prayer and update from Gina on the Fairtrade Foundation and its movement. You can listen to the podcast of the service on our dedicated web page:

Listen here: Lent – 40 Acts Feedback & Fairtrade Fortnight – Deuteronomy 24:14-15 
10 Mar 2019 – Sunday AM – Steve TinningD

Also for you here is Gina’s speech.

Gina and the Fairtrade stall

This year the Fairtrade Foundation wanted to highlight the plight of those who grow the Cocoa for the chocolate that we eat. This year they especially wanted to focus on women farmers and workers. Women plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, collect the water and wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but so often with far fewer rights, and far less wages than men. 

In 2016 the World price for Cocoa crashed, leaving a lot of cocoa farmers struggling to survive, and to pay for basic necessities such as food, education fees and medical care.

The Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest cocoa producer, and 4 million farmers and workers grow cocoa there, much of this cocoa then comes to the UK. And yet, the majority of cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast live below the United Nations poverty line. The Fairtrade Foundation estimate that £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. However currently, a typical cocoa farmer in the Ivory Coast lives on around 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa who grow the cocoa for the chocolate we eat live in poverty, and many feel that if things do not improve then Cocoa farming is not sustainable and they will need to look for another way to make an income, so if things do not improve we could see cocoa supplies reducing in years to come and possibly as a result less chocolate available.

There are many processes that Cocoa goes through to become the chocolate bars that we know and recognise, there are those that process the cocoa, those that export it, the chocolate companies that make it into the product we recognise and then the retailers that sell it to us, and each person along the way takes a cut of the profit. The Fairtrade Foundation estimate that only 6% of the retail price of an average bar of chocolate actually goes back to the farmer, in comparison around 70% of the retail price goes to the chocolate companies and 17% to the retailers.

Fairtrade helps to redress this imbalance. Fairtrade guarantees a minimum price to farmers for the cocoa they produce, even when world trade prices fluctuate farmers under the Fairtrade scheme know they will still get a set amount per tonne of cocoa produced, and having this stable income helps them to plan more for the future. On top of this Fairtrade certified farmers also get Social Premium money, which is an amount given to each cooperative to spend on the development of their communities, this money will often be spent on healthcare and education projects, building wells, or on training for farmers to help them improve their crop quality and yields especially currently with the challenges of a changing climate. In 2016 £22 million of Fairtrade Premium money was given to Cocoa farmers for these projects.

Fairtrade also helps readdress gender issues ensuring that women get paid the same amount for the same work. Fairtrade helps ensure there is no child slavery or human trafficking on cocoa farms, and helps farmers with training and access to markets, and diversification projects so that farmers are not solely reliant on cocoa.

Because of the benefits that Fairtrade provides many more farmers across the globe would really like to be under the Fairtrade scheme, and be able to sell more of their crop on Fairtrade terms, but that solely depends on the demand for Fairtrade goods and food this end to make this a reality for them.

 So there are things we can all do to help, We can think carefully about what we buy, and look out for Fairtrade labelled goods when we are shopping and think about the opportunities we may have to increase Fairtrade at church, at work and at home.

We can tell businesses and government that we want trade to be fair, and we have a petition postcard available on the fairtrade stall calling on the government to make sure our upcoming trade deals with developing countries puts poverty reduction first, so please do take one of those. And finally we can pray for all those people around the world who grow our food, who make our clothes, and produce other things that we consume.

Finally a I wish to say big Thank You for supporting the Fairtrade stall here, Ive been so encouraged by so many of you who come over to tell me that you look out for fairtrade when you are shopping which is fantastic, or that you’ve enjoyed various Fairtrade foods and gifts from the stall.

And since May last year when I first started the Fairtrade stall at Leigh Road, you’ve helped raise an amazing £598 for Traidcraft fairtrade farmers and artisans, so a huge Thank You on their behalf for supporting Fairtrade.

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