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 for tots. For those of you with pre-school children we have a monthly tots service here at St Augustine's at 10:45am, with songs, craft activity, story and Jaffa cakes. This service generally falls on the 2nd Wednesday in the month but there are two exceptions this year between now and the summer. So for your diaries here are the dates for the first half of the year - 7th February (to avoid half-term) 14th March, 18th April (to avoid the Easter Break) 9th May, 13th June and 11th July.
You may also be interested to know that on Sunday March 11th at 10am we have our Family Eucharist for Mothering Sunday, at which flowers are distributed and the service is geared towards children. On Good Friday March 30th at 10am there is a children's stations of the cross followed by making of Easter Gardens and eating of hot cross buns, and on Easter Day at 10am a Family Eucharist, concluded by an Easter egg hunt, at which not only traditionally is there a living sermon illustration but ladies wear hats.
If any of you would like to find out more about baptism or confirmaation or marriage, please don't hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter Services
WHY DO THEY BELIEVE IT?
A sermon service series at the 10am services in which priests speak personally about the challenges to their faith.
February 18th The Rev'd Chris Giles Curate of St Augustine's
.........................despite the death of my son.
February 25th The Rev'd Canon Jonathan Collis Vicar of St Augustine's
.........................despite not being very religious
March 4th The Rev'd Terry Brown Curate of Canvey Island
....................despite not having been christened
March 18th The Rev'd Canon Stephen Burdett Formerly Rector of Southend
....................despite suffering from depression
All are welcome to attend.
Mothering Sunday 11th March
10am Family Eucharist with Distribution of Flowers
Palm Sunday 25th March
10am Blessing of Palms in the Church Hall followed by
Procession and Family Eucharist
Wednesday 28th March
10am Holy Communion followed by
Stations of the Cross
Maundy Thursday 29th March
8pm Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot washing
followed by a vigil until midnight
Good Friday 30th March
10am Children's Stations of the Cross Service
followed by workshop and hot cross buns and preparation of the Easter Garden
2pm The Liturgy of the Day with Veneration of the Cross
Holy Saturday 31st March
8pm Vigil Eucharist
Easter Day 1st April
8am Holy Communion book of Common Prayer
10am Family Eucharist with Easter Egg Hunt
ladies are asked to wear hats
All are welcome to attend.
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! see also how beautiful the church looks during the Christmas services.
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: 17th February 2018