As the general election approaches, Leigh Road Baptist Church. Marguerite Drive has once again invited three of the candidates standing for the Southend West Constituency Seat to a hustings event on Wednesday 4 December, 7.45 pm.
Sir David Amess (Conservative), Aston Line (Labour) and Nina Stimson (Liberal Democrats) have accepted our invitation to take part. Information on the campaign of the other candidate Jospeh 77 (Independent) will, we hope, be available on the evening.
Questions are being gathered beforehand so that we can make best use of the time we have and so that we can ensure the candidates will be asked about local, national and international issues that have the broadest concern amongst those attending. We hope, however, that there will be a short time toward the end of the meeting for questions from the floor.
Please submit questions for consideration with the subject line HUSTINGS QUESTION to firstname.lastname@example.org by the midday, Monday December 2nd.
Hope to see you there and please do spread the word! Thank you
Doors open at 7:30pm for a 7:45pm start. We anticipate the evening will finish at 9.30pm.
The first-ever Eco-fair in Leigh-on-Sea took place on Saturday 19 October 2019 at the home of Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC), Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NN. The Leigh-on-Sea Eco-Fair was a joint collaboration between Leigh Road Baptist Church and Eco Essex and saw nearly a thousand people come through the doors over the day.
The Eco Fair was opened by Sir David Amess MP where he made this rallying call to us all as he cut the recycled paper chain to open the fair, “Well done to each and everyone of you, there are some incredible things here at the eco fair…I think the environment should be at the heart of everything we do. We can and we will save the planet.”
brought together local Eco-traders, artisan craft stalls, eco-groups, local service
providers, local government and national groups to provide a one stop shop for
all things eco.
Tinning, LRBC member and one of the organising team said, “We had a fantastic
day at the first Eco Fair in Leigh-on-Sea. We were delighted with the variety
of stall holders who shared the event with us and were encouraged by the
hundreds of local people who came along to buy and learn about all things eco!”
older browsed the latest eco-products, took part in family activities and kids
crafts, discussed with experts on information stalls, listened to short TED
style talks about eco issues and found out how ways to reduce their plastic
waste and carbon footprint.
Sam Pitman of
partner organisers of the fair, Eco Essex added, “The Eco Fair showed that the
people of Southend-on-Sea do care and want to make changes in their lives to
save our planet. It was a day we were proud to be part of!”
delighted that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council attended the fair to tell people
about the new PlastiCity project and the Borough’s plans to make Southend
Carbon Neutral by 2030. We also heard from Veolia about how best ways to
recycle our waste, from The Women’s Institute about their climate activism and
Make Do and Mend. Other groups attending included New Life Wood a local charity
that recycles unused wood from construction sites and provides opportunities
for people to learn woodworking skills and restore their lives. There was also
information from The Cloth Nappy Library, South East Essex Organic Gardeners
and Eco Essex among meant other stands.
The day saw the church building buzzing with children and their families having lots of fun in our special eco-craft room with face painting, storytelling and eco-crafts. The corridors came alive with those on the eco scavenger hunt with prizes donated by Veolia. After all this inspiration and activity visitors were able to rest awhile and enjoy a Fairtrade tea, coffee and homemade cake in the pop-up eco café.
For more information on future events and activities of LRBC and the upcoming Christmas Fayre Fantastic on Saturday 16th November, 10 am-3 pm please visit www.LRBC.org.uk follow the churches social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube).
Growing a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church Training Day on Saturday 9th November at Leigh Road Baptist Church
We are pleased to invite you and those in leadership positions at your church to a training day, run by the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC), on ‘Growing a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church’.
To find out more about the work of the LICC, please visit their website at www.licc.org.uk
This is a fantastic opportunity for church leaders and the wider church to grapple with this exciting yet challenging endeavour of ‘whole-life discipleship’. The training day is aimed at people in leadership roles in your church, including your staff team, youth and children’s workers, small group leaders and worship leaders. Come and join us as we share what we’ve learned about how to create a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church and help you identify the next steps for your context.
Rev Andrew D Cowley Senior Minister & Team Leader Leigh Road Baptist Church
Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NN are hosting this LICC Training Day for church leaders.
Come and join us as LICC share what they have learned about how to create a Whole-life Disciplemaking Church and help you identify the next steps for your context.
LICC hold these training days across the country for Clergy and their leadership teams to explore together the culture of their church.
During the day we will: ● Explore the biblical vision for whole-life disciplemaking ● Share principles, practices and processes to make whole-life disciplemaking possible ● Illustrate with case studies and examples ● Help clarify a framework and next steps for creating a whole-life disciple-making culture in your church
Outline programme: 9.30: Registration & Coffee 10.00: A Vision for Whole-life Disciplemaking 11.30: Developing a Whole-life Disciplemaking Culture 12.45: Lunch (Included) 13.30: Group Exercise: Where are we? 14.00: Local Church Resources 14.30: Looking Ahead 15.00: Next Steps, Prayer and Commission 15:30: Finish
For more information on the LICC (The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) please visit their website https://www.licc.org.uk
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
What is LRBC ECO FAIR?
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.
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 email@example.com
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!”