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’.
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”.
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.
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!”
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 SS12PT 20th May 2019, 7.30pm – Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS91NN
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.
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.”
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:
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
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
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.
On Thursday 7th March 2019, Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea celebrated World Book Day with millions of other children around the world. The children and staff were encouraged to come to pre-school as their favourite character from a book.
Lisa Sutton, LRBC Pre-school Manager said, “World Book Day is a highlight of our calendar at Leigh Road Baptist Church Pre-school. It was a delight to see all the children and staff dressed up as their favourite characters; from Peter Pan and Captain Hook from JM Barrie’s classic to Little Red Riding Hood from the much loved fairy tale by Charles Perrault . This fun day also raised £35 for LRBC Pre-school which will go towards activities such as visits from Southend United FC.”