Centenary Celebrations

 
In 2019, St Margaret’s will be celebrating its centenary and a full programme of events and projects has been planned.

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A Note from Father David  –  The Parish of St.Margaret of Antioch Leigh-on-Sea was begun in 1919 after the Great War.  This time saw a huge expansion in residential building ……….

The Parish of St.Margaret of Antioch Leigh-on-Sea was begun in 1919 after the Great War.  This time saw a huge expansion in residential building in West Leigh to house a growing and changed community both local and from London.  The Church building was not completed until 1931 and is a replica of the earliest Christian churches when Christians were first allowed to worship openly in the 4th Century after 3 centuries of persecution in the Roman Empire.

As we are celebrating the foundation of the parish, rather than the building, our year of commemoration rightly centres on people rather than things. The parish extends from Marine Parade to Belfair’s Park and from Leigh Cemetery to Hadleigh Farm.  As with any Church of England parish we are here to serve all residents of the parish and all who work and pass through not only those who are congregants.

We are blessed with four wonderful and diverse schools; West Leigh Junior and Infant, St.Michael’s Church of England Preparatory School and Belfair’s Academy. Additionally, we have many interesting local businesses, clubs and residential homes. These all form part of our parish.  Belfair’s Academy is the single largest organisation within the parish and we thought it would be an interesting idea to encourage the students to engage with this diversity and history and helps us artistically to develop a logo that encapsulates this diversity and celebrate our mission of the past and future to all within the parish.

 

Out of the minds of babes and children comes the Wisdom of God.

The Logo design competition at Belfairs Academy was won by Bunnii Wheatley & Grace Davidson O’Neil, seen below with  Janine Lilleker (Head of Art at Belfairs) and Fr David

St.Margaret’s Centenary Pageant & Recommissioning  –  Sunday 25th August

1400-1430 at St.Clements followed by mission walk and service 1630-1715 at St.Margaret’s with the Bishop of Chelmsford

For full details see our Poster

“Going Home” with the Bishop of Chelmsford – Wednesday 11th September 15:00 – 16:00

Cafe Church hospitality for schools & passers-by on the original church site Lime Avenue/London Road

Bishop Stephen concludes his missionary walking journey around the diocese in his home parish. We will have a “going home school event” on the site of the original mission church set up 100 years ago inaugurated by the first Bishop of Chelmsford on 9th March 1919.

The event will run from 15:00-16:00 and will cover the going home period for our four schools in the parish as the bishop comes home at the end of his walk. It will be very informal including drinks, cakes and goodies for children, parents and passers-by on their way home. Centenary Pledges – Pledges for projects – see notice at the back of church for how you

Photos from our Centenary Celebrations – Saturday 20th July

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Photos from our Centenary Celebrations – Sunday 21st July

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Photos of the Church from Yesteryear

Our Church in its development

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People from Yesteryear

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Photos of Our Parish from Yesteryear

A selection of photos showing our Parish in its early days.

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