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
Saturday 25 May 2019, 10:00-15:00
Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, SS9 1NN Leigh-on-Sea
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.
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 7–9PM
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 email@example.com
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.
Both events fall in “Foster Care Fortnight”
What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering.
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.”
Life & Soul explores the kinds of questions we all ask at times, such as ‘What’s life all about?’ and ‘Is there anybody out there?’ and asks what the Christian faith has to say in response. Mornings are fun and interactive, with barista coffee and pastries, talks, activities and discussion and all views are welcome. Whether you consider yourself an atheist, agnostic, spiritual but not religious, a Christian believer or not sure, you would be very welcome.
Session 1 …intro and taster
Session 2 …on meaning of life
Session 3 …on existence of God
Session 4 …on Jesus’ life
Session 5 …on Jesus’ death
Session 6 …on the resurrection
Session 7 …on what now?
Session 8 …on spiritual practices
Coming soon – contact us to find when the next Life & Soul starts
Leigh Road Baptist Church
Or call Leigh Road Baptist Church office on 01702 478698 and ask about Life & Soul
Ebeneezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas, until one Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his late business partner. Marley warns him that the miserly spirit with which he lives his life will mean misery in the afterlife. Scrooge is then visited by three more spirits. The Ghost of Christmas Past reminds him of his unhappy childhood and the poor choices he made as a young man. The Ghost of Christmas Present opens his eyes to the poverty all around him and the generous Christmas spirit that his poor neighbours show each other despite their circumstances. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come reveals the legacy he will leave behind him when he dies unless he changes his ways. Finally Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning, a changed man, determined to honour Christmas in his heart, and keep it all year round.
Follow on a journey with Scrooge via four short films on the church Facebook, Twitter and Instagram weekly across December on #WhatTheDickens as together we seek to discover what the Dickens Christmas is really all about.
…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!
With the passing of Christmas does the message dim or does it blaze brightly as an offer to all of us every day of the year? Scrooge met with a transformation at Christmas, his outlook, heart and mind recieved the light of Christmas and his life took on a new meaning.
“I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!” Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. “The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be praised for this. I say it on my knees, old Jacob, on my knees”.
He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk — that anything — could give him so much happiness. In the afternoon he turned his steps towards his nephew’s house.
He passed the door a dozen times, before he had the courage to go up and knock. But he made a dash, and did it:
Just as Scrooge built up the courage and made a dash and did it, we’d love to invite you to make a dash, and do it too. To keep on or start afresh in exploring the spiritual side to life. Starting on Sunday 13 January, at Oasis Coffee House an eight week course with coffee and Danish pastries awaits you, and you are very welcome. More information available here.
You are invited to Christmas with Leigh Road Baptist Church as together we seek to fathom what the dickens Christmas is really all about!
Sun 9 Dec, 10.30am
Turn up, dress up, join in our unrehearsed nativity mayhem. Come in your Christmas jumper.
Wed 12 Dec, 8pm
Take an opportunity to be still and reflect, especially if you find Christmas hard.
Sun 16 Dec, 7.30pm
at The Broker Pub, Leigh Road Drink beer, sing carols and compete in a Christmas quiz with your friends.
Sun 23 Dec, 4pm & 6.30pm
Come and experience a traditional carol service, with readings, carols and the ever-popular LRBC Community Choir.
Christmas Eve Mon 24 Dec, 5pm
Bring your over-excited little ones to a short, interactive, make-your-own Christingle event. Particularly suitable for 4-11 year olds.
Christmas Eve Mon 24 Dec, 11.30pm
See in Christmas Day at this atmospheric candlelit carol service.
Christmas Day Tues 25 Dec, 10am
Welcome the new-born King at this short all-age celebration. Christmas jumpers encouraged.
LEIGH ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NN
An installation of silhouettes and their stories of fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers, linked to Leigh Road Baptist Church and from Leigh-on-Sea on display in Leigh Road Baptist Church, Leigh-on-Sea until 14th November.
Pop along at any time while open.
There but not there installation: Saturday 10th November, 1pm-5pm
Remembrance Sunday Service and Instalation: With live coverage on the big screen from the Cenotaph, London: Sunday 11th November, 10:30am-12 noon, installation remains open until 2pm.
There but not there installation & talk: Monday 12th November, 10am-12 noon, installation remains open until 4:30pm.
There but not there installation: Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th November, 9:30am until 4:30pm.
There But Not There aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
Watch the Facebook live tour of the installation:
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God’s light has defeated the darkness
We all have things we’re afraid of. Some of them we know are silly, such as fear of spiders, air travel or being alone in the dark. Some of our fears are deeper, though: we may be worried about the future, scared of the terrible things we see on the news, or afraid of people seeing us as we really are.
When you put on a light, it’s not dark any more. Christians believe that God shone brightly in the darkness and defeated it through his Son, Jesus Christ. We read in the Bible that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross and then came back to life on the third day after his death. That means that God is more powerful than all the things we are afraid of – he’s even more powerful than death itself.
Have a great time this Halloween, dressing up, eating sweets and enjoying yourself, but don’t be afraid.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
– John chapter 8 verse 12, The Bible (New Living Translation)
Vast armies undead do tread through the night and
In hordes march towards hapless victims to frighten.
They stumble in step with glass-eyes on the prizes;
Bunched hither, hunched over in monstrous disguises;
In sizes not lofty but numb’ring a throng;
To unleash on their prey the dreaded DING DONG.
Small faces with traces of mother’s eye-liner,
Peer up to the resident candy provider.
And there to intone ancient threats learnt verbatim;
They lisp “TRICK OR TREAT!” Tis their stark ultimatum.
Thus: region by region such legions take plunder.
Does this spector-full spectacle cause you to wonder?
Just how did our fair festive forebears conceive,
Of this primeval practice called All Hallows Eve?
The answer, if anyone cares to research,
Surprises, it rises from old mother church.
On the cusp of the customary All Saints Day
The Christ-i-an kinsfolk made mocking display.
These children of light both to tease and deride;
Don darkness, doll down as the sinister side.
In pre-post-er-ous pageants and dress diabolic,
They hand to the damned just one final frolick.
You see with the light of the dawn on the morrow,
The sunrise will swallow such darkness and sorrow.
The future is futile for forces of evil;
And so they did scorn them in times Medieval.
For this is the nature of shadow and gloom;
In the gleaming of glory there can be no room.
What force is resourced by the echoing black?
When the brightness ignites can the shadow push back?
These ‘powers’ of darkness, if such can be called,
Are banished by brilliance, by blazing enthralled.
So the bible begins with this fore-resolved fight;
For a moment the darkness…. then “Let there be Light!”
First grief in the gloom, then joy from the East.
First valley of shadow, then mountaintop feast.
First wait for Messiah, then long-promised Dawn.
First desolate Friday and then Easter Morn.
The armies of darkness when doing their worst,
Can never extinguish this Dazzling Sunburst.
So… ridicule rogues if you must play a role;
But beware getting lost in that bottomless hole.
The triumph is not with the forces of night.
It dawned with the One who said “I am the Light!”
You are always welcome to join with us as we explore each Sunday who Jesus the light who expels all darkness is. We have lots on throughout the week too for children and adults, have an explore of our website or give us a call/email.
Following the success of last year’s Wellbeing Fair at Oasis The Coffee House, 189 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea we will again be offering a range of stalls promoting different ways of improving physical and mental wellbeing.
Whether life is a struggle or pretty good right now, we all need to maintain good physical and mental health. Come along and find out how you could be kinder to yourself.
Saturday 29 September, 10-3pm
Oasis The Coffee House, 189 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea
Drop in at any time to explore what’s on offer in treating ourselves well…
You’ll find info on…
// Craft Club // Reading Group // Food & Drink // Wellbeing Matters // CAP Money // Dementia Support // Talking Therapies // Conversation // Mind // Life & Soul Course //
We will also be previewing the new Oasis Saturday menu of light lunches and snacks as well as all your favourite Oasis Fairtrade coffees, teas and milkshakes.