Tony Simmonds

Chair of Community Task Group

ServingSharingPartnering

 

Part of our desire is to serve and share with our local community. We do this in a variety of ways:

Carers and Tots is a weekly (Monday) morning where parents and carers come with small children and have a safe environment to be together.

• Torch is our monthly work (3rd Saturday) with those who have sight impairment.

• Parish Nursing - we employ a part time Parish Nurse who co-ordinates various activities for those in the community.

• Cornerstone is our community shop (opposite the Elms Pub) which raises money for our church activities but is also a place of friendship and support.

• We run ALPHA courses for those who’d like to discover what the Christian Faith is all about. www.alphacourse.org

• We have a welcome and integration team who run regular lunches and special evenings for you to find out who we are and what we do!

• We have overseas links with charities and individuals, and we often send teams on short term projects to places like Mexico.

• We have also developed links with other organisations and local churches, like Christians Against Poverty (offering money  management and debt advice) and a local Food Bank

Parish Nursing

Immediately you’ll probably be wondering what on earth a Parish Nurse is, and what does a Parish Nurse do?

In 2014 we appointed Lorraine as our first ever Parish Nurse. Parish Nursing is a way in which churches can serve their communities by providing all kinds of activities related to ‘health’.

Lorraine is a fully qualified and experienced Nurse who works around 10 hours a week, coordinating a team of other volunteer nurses and helpers to provide:

Health clinics for blood pressure, well-being, diet, pre and post operation advice and support.

Being a link between a patient and their GP.

Supporting parents with parenting, a confidential ear, and so much more…

In fact it’s pretty impossible to identify all the different services the Parish Nurse could provide.

For us at West Leigh Baptist it’s a new project and we are excited about how Parish Nursing will work in the community, making a difference to all kinds of people.

We believe that Parish Nursing will provide a strong link to those in our community who have health needs in many different ways and provide a community who want to say we ‘care’ about those who live nearby.

If you’d like to find out more, talk to Lorraine about her work or have a confidential conversation, then please contact the Church Office for more details on

01702 472100 or email admin@wlbc.org.uk or parishnurse@wlbc.org.uk

Cornerstone

charity shop

Cornerstone opened in August 2008. Since then year the shop has had a fantastic turnover due to the all the wonderful donations we have received, but most of all due to the hard work and support of all the volunteers. In order to continue this success we urgently need more volunteers, whether it be serving in the shop or sorting out the back.

1199 London Road, Leigh on Sea

Telephone: 01702 713254

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Early closing on Fridays 9:30 to 1pm

 

If you think you might be interested in helping in the shop, either on a regular basis or as and when, please speak Sue Mahagan.

Coffee Stop is also doing really well in Cornerstone, however we sometimes struggle to meet the demands of customers with the supply of cakes. If you are a keen baker and interested in joining the cake rota please contact us.

Christians Against Poverty

West Leigh Baptist Church believes that debt is a serious issue in the community. Whether it’s someone who’s fallen on bad times or made some poor decisions, Christians Against Poverty is a national charity that seeks to really help people by providing emergency support, talking to creditors and renegotiating payment structures, and working with individuals to implement budgets and provide pastoral support.

We are in partnership with other local churches to provide a local CAP debt centre and in our church we have a CAP Money Coach who can meet with you to start the process and journey with you.

Contact the Church Office on 01702 472100 or email: admin@wlbc.org.uk and ask for the CAP Money Coach to make contact or call 07794 342373 or

email: CAPMoney@wlbc.org

Your call and email will be treated with complete confidence.

Food Bank

West Leigh Baptist is a distribution centre for the Southchurch Food Bank. If you or someone else you know needs emergency food (normally lasting 3 days) for an individual, couple or family then we want to help. You’ll need to receive a voucher and these are held by Ministers, social workers, health visitors, some GP’s and children’s centres. Once a person has a voucher they can call to arrange collection of a food parcel which will normally be made available on a Saturday morning, between 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at the main church. There will be some friendly faces to provide refreshments, the box of food and further advice where needed.

Even in a middle class place like Leigh-on-Sea we know there are some who for many different reasons need emergency help. No-one in 21st Century Britain should be hungry. We want to help. Call, in complete confidence, the Church Office on 01702 472100.