Welcome to the website of St Augustine's parish church in Thorpe Bay, Essex. In the site you will find something about who we are and what is important to us.
There has been a church in Thorpe Bay since 1913, seeking to express the love of God in our local community. At the heart of our life is a pattern of worship, day by day and week by week, which supports our ministry of baptisms, weddings and funerals, our work with Thorpedene School and our mission as a place of encounter with God at the heart of Thorpe Bay.
Our building, with its pleasant situation and cheerful neo-gothic interior, helps to create a wonderful atmosphere during services of worship but also enjoys excellent acoustics and is increasingly used as a venue for concerts and meetings. Over the past few years the interior has been extensively restored and we're very lucky to have flexible seating which allows different configurations whatever the occasion.
Please feel free to explore our website and to come along in person to explore what we have to offer and help us create a community within our community.
We aim to provide a wide variety of services for parishioners and visitors alike:
Monday to Friday:
9.00 am Morning Prayer
5.00 pm Evening Prayer
10.00 am Holy Communion*
8.00 am Holy Communion* - a traditional language service lasting about
10.00 am Parish Eucharist - with our choir, a junior church, and a small area at
the back of the church with books/crayons etc where parents can sit
with their younger children if they wish. Service lasts for about an
hour, followed by refreshments.
6.30 pm Evensong - a smaller reflective service using the Book of Common
Prayer and lasting about an hour.
*Gluten free communion wafers are available, please just ask when you come up to the alter rail.
We also hold a 'First Steps' service on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10.45 am (after the Holy Communion Service) for pre-school children and carers, with fun and games and jaffa cakes for all!
The Blessed Sacrament is perpetually reserved for the Communion of the sick and dying. Please inform the Vicar of parishioners who are sick or in hospital.
The Weekly Newsletter is now available online by clicking on the document below:
CRIB SERVICES - if you went to one of the two crib services held here at St Augustine's on Christmas Eve or you would like to see what you missed please
click here and see the beautiful photo that was taken from the back of the church during one of the services. You will see how much the children (and adults) enjoy this service, why it is so popular and why over 550 people attended this year!
RE-POINTING. You will have noticed the ongoing re-pointing work on the tower (unless you only visit the church in the dark!) and the vicar thought you might like to see a few 'before' and 'after' photographs (I know ........... I can hardly contain my excitement either!). Click here to see them. UPDATE: new photos added!!
Chelmsford Cathedral. The Dean of the Cathedral produces a quarterly events guide with the aim of encouraging everyone to discover what the Cathedral has to offer. To find out more and to view the guide, please click on the link below:
We are located in the middle of Thorpe Bay, about two miles east of Southend on Sea and just a short walk from the sea front. We are easily accessible by train (Thorpe Bay station is on the main line from London Fenchurch Street) and bus (Nos 1, 7 and 9), and there is ample on-street parking around the church. The church itself is on an island site at the junction of Johnstone Road and St Augustine’s Avenue.
Our address is:
St Augustine’s Church,
St Augustine’s Avenue,
Thorpe Bay, Essex.
Last Update: 15th January 2018