Over 1000 people were served by the Churches Together in Leigh during the Leigh Lights Parade! In an event organised by youth workers Celia Lunn (Leigh-on-Sea SA Corps), Lucy Brown (Wesley Methodist) and Community Worker David Elcock (Leigh Road Baptist (LRBC)) and funded by the Union Congregational Church, LRBC and Welsley Methodist, more than 700 mince pies and gallons of mulled fruit juice were given free to families and young people.
An army of volunteers from the local churches were on hand to help distribute the hot goods, and this was all done to the accompaniment of worship band Doxology from Romford SA Corps, who kept people dancing to a mix of secular and religious music.
When asked why they wanted to put on a live music event, Celia said “after the Leigh Lights last year there were loads of young people hanging around in the streets with nowhere to go and nothing to do. We wanted to do something for them, and what better than make the most of the festival atmosphere with some open air live music?”. Continue Reading