St Augustine's Church Thorpe Bay
St Augustine's ChurchThorpe Bay

Welcome to St Augustine's Church

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.

Our Services

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*


Sunday Services:


8.00   am   Holy Communion* - a traditional language service lasting about

                 40 minutes.

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 Thursday of each month between 10.00 - 10.30 am 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:

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And Finally ....

Details of our Concerts Series for 2017 can be found by clicking here. Our next concert will be:

Saturday 2nd September - Harp Quintet  

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Sunday 25th June – Confirmation Service: There was a confirmation service for both adults and children on Sunday 25th June 2017 4 pm at St Augustine’s.  The Bishop of Bradwell presided over the service which include confirmation of:       Terri Cormack, Andrew Cullen, John Long and Kwesi Abrampah from St Augustine's. Congratulations to them all. Canon Collis and the congregation.


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Parish Trips. 


The parish’s annual jaunt will be to Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 16th September, leaving at 9 am and returning after evening prayer at the cathedral at 5 pm. The cost will be £15 per head, children 16 and under free. Sarah Devereux will receive bookings and money - there's a sheet at the back of the church to sign up.


Our overseas trip to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) is in September.  Further details are available on the flyers at the back of the church or directly from Fr Jonathan.


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Open Garden (complete with miniture railway).   On Sunday 9th July we held an open garden and a total of £400 was raised.  The weather was perfect and the trains ran on time......more or less.  Trevor and Margaret would like to thank all those who contributed into making it such an enjoyable afternoon, especially those who provided the wonderful selections of cakes and plants, to those who gave generously of their time to man the stalls and to those who made additional cash donations.  Many thanks - Margaret


Charity Bike ride.  Paul Chisnell will be cyling from Bristol to Bordeaux (presumably via a ferry, unless he's really good at holding his breath) in aid of PROPS, a charity that supports people with special needs.  If you would like to support Paul, links to the charity, the ride details and a fundraising page are here: 



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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:

Where to find us

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.

SS1 3JH.

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Last Update:22nd July 2017

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