The History of Southend Christian Bookshop Ltd

Established in 1971, we are a group of independently owned interdenominational Christian bookshops, serving Christians throughout Essex.

Our first shop opened in Southend in 1971 and this was followed by opening a shop in the county town of Chelmsford which remained open until January 2012. In 1989, we opened a shop in the High Street of Brentwood but sadly this had to close in the summer of 2007 due to the fact that Essex County Council wanted to build a road through it. However in 2010 we opened a shop in Pilgrims Hall conference centre, Brentwood, in partnership with its charity. Our wholesale division SCB Services was started in 1990 and today it supplies various products to the Christian book trade.

In 1988, Southend Christian Bookshop undertook a national campaign to promote the message "Jesus Is Alive!" to the nation. The Lord revealed that the vehicle to be used for this proclamation was the humble postmark and for six weeks from 1st March 1988 most of the post in the UK carried the "Jesus Is Alive!" postmark with the sign of the cross. The inclusion of the exclamation mark was considered important because of the truly amazing truth that Jesus is alive today. On Christmas day of the same year, God revealed that out of the postmark a ministry was to be raised and this would be known as Jesus Is Alive! Ministries. This ministry formally became a charity at Easter 1994.

In 1997, Paul Slennett, the owner of Southend Christian Bookshop became co-author of the prophetic book Earthquake in the City. The book was based on a prophecy that began to be fulfilled in the summer of 2008.

In the book Paul Slennett and his co-author Clifford Denton explore the reasons for the current financial shaking and how we should respond to the crisis. See

Our services include:

  • Mail order
  • Sale or return (by arrangement)
  • Bookstalls for exhibitions, conferences or other events
  • Church Discount Scheme
  • Competitive discount rates also for schools and libraries
  • Exceptional prices for bulk orders