LRBC: BUILD project

Friday, September 14, 2012

BUILD: Big Thank You's a final Project Board meeting takes place

On Monday 10th September, the final BUILD Project Board meeting took place. Many, many meetings have taken place over the past 2-3 years in the lead up, during and following the completion of the Leigh Road Baptist Church's premise improvement.

Nobody loves a meeting, but Tim Willcock, Alun Howley, Julie Eady, Steven Hembery and Jane Brookes gave tirelessly of their time to make sure that the project was kept on track.

We thank them all for the 100's of hours they have give, often late into the night to see the project come to fruition. May God bless you in your service.

So the project board have had their final meeting, however the fund-raising still continues. A number of events like the Christmas Fayre Fantastic in November. If you have any ideas for fundraising or indeed want to donate please contact Julie or visit our online giving page.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

BUILD Update on Progress Church Meeting 29 March 2012

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Open for business and continuing to fundraise

After starting in May 2011 the work to develop the former brick and stone Edwardian buildings have taken almost a year. Probably the most noticeable feature is the glass-fronted redevelopment which includes a huge welcome area and a bright performance and worship space for around 300 people.

Jane Brookes, Project Co-ordinator and church member said:
"The Church has worked in careful consideration with our members, premises users and neighbours to develop the original plans that have lead us to the fantastic facility that we see today. "LRBC has transformed its complex which now fronts onto the four surrounding roads, we hope that the new building is attractive and reflects the welcoming nature of the congregation."
The church occupies a unique site in the heart of Leigh surrounded by four roads - Leigh Road, Chalkwell Park Drive, Marguerite Drive and Pall Mall. The modern addition to the traditional church building has cost more than £1million, so far more than 70 per cent of it has been collected by fundraising events and kind donations from church members, and the fundraising continues. The Baptist Union of Great Britain also helped with a loan to fund the renovation and the Cory Environmental Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust and Rosca Trust have also given money to the project

The work has also renovated the areas used by the LRBC Pre-school, as well as the community events hall and other meeting rooms.

At the end of February 2012 children attending the church pre-school moved into the newly designed space which includes a safe outside garden area to play in.

The church has been open as usual throughout the building work to offer Sunday services and other regular weekly activities for hundreds of local people.

Rev Steven Hembery, LRBC Minister commented:
"Our prayer is that this inviting new landmark will build upon over 100 years of service in our community. This new facility will help us to welcome those in our neighbourhood more fully."
More details of the continued fund-raising efforts  can be read at

The above video was produced for the opening weekend as a way of showing the church journey to this point in terms or premises and buildings.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Come and see the new premises at Leigh Road Baptist Church (Blog invite)

You are invited to come and see the new premises at Leigh Road Baptist Church.There are a series of events over the weekend of Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February 2012. You are more than welcome, we’d love to see you.

Friday 24 February | Opening Celebration | 7.30 pm to 9 pm – ticket only event*
With guest speaker Rev Jonathan Edwards (General Secretary of the Baptist Union of GB) and the LRBC Choir. Followed by drinks and viewing. *Please contact the church office for free tickets, first come first served.

Saturday 25 February | Open Church | 10 am – 4 pm
The new premises will be open to the public for viewing – please pop in at any time. Theatre Train will be making regular performances during the day. Coffee and tea will be provided by Oasis the church coffee shop in the new hall.

Sunday 26 February | All-Age Service and Celebration | 10.30 am to 12 noon
An all-age service to celebrate the completion of the new premises. Featuring the LRBC Choir and worship band. Followed by tea and coffee in the new hall. Crèche facilities available.

Sunday 26 February | Open Church | 3 pm to 5 pm
The premises will be open to the public for viewing, with displays of the many church and community activities. Tea and coffee will be provided by Oasis  in the new hall.

The premises are now available for bookings, please contact us.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Update Church Meeting | 19 January 2012

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Photo update - Week 33 - 12 January 2012

Here we have a photo update of inside the development. It's really exciting to see the great work being completed as we come in to land on the final stages of this project.

We can't wait to share it with the neighbourgood.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Prayer Brick: Wednesday 11th January

Please continue to pray for those working on and off site on this project - in particular for Graham (the site manager) as things are getting very busy with many different tradesmen working here at this time.
Pray that work will continue to progress so that completion will fall within the revised dates

Pray also for safety for those working on site and also for the security of the site during this somewhat vulnerable time.

Please also remember those planning preparing the opening celebrations, that will provide opportunities to engage with our local community and town.