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 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.


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.

Remembrance Sunday:  at 10:00am on Sunday 11th November there will be a Parade and Family Eucharist for Remembrance Sunday, concluding with the traditional ceremonies at the Thorpe Bay war memorials at the back of the church at 11am,  All are welcome to attend,  including families with children.


Choral Evensong:  Sunday 25th November at 6:30pm we will be holding a cathederal style choral evensong sung by Voces Novae.

The Weekly Newsletter is now available online by clicking on the document below:

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Musical Events


Please click here to see our forthcoming Musical Events

And Finally ....

Please follow the link to see the pictures of our Harvest Festival service on the 7th October 

Fr Chris and his wife Laura get a first anniversary wedding blessing  link

Follow the link to see pictures of Rachel and William's wedding here at St Augustines in May 2018  link

An Update on the Proposed Extension.


Hello All ........... I've been made aware that parishioners may not have been updated about what's happening with our proposed new extension, so in a nutshell: 


After much debate we have finalised our initial plans with the church architects and formal drawings/plans have been produced.  We submitted those plans to the DAC (The Diocese Advisory Committee, who have to approve all changes to church buildings) who met on the 17th July and looked over our proposals.  They have made various comments/suggestions and rather than engage in an endless stream of letters/emails etc I have asked the DAC to visit the church to discuss our plans and hopefully hasten the approval process.  Once approved by the DAC we will go public with our plans and hold some kind of open day where the plans can be viewed.  The architects will then start the local authority planning process and once that's approved we can appoint a builder and start the build. 


We are obviously going to have to raise the necessary funds for the build but the consensus is that we need plans and all approvals finalised and a firm estimate of cost before we start fundraising proper.   Oops, got carried away with 'life' and forgot to update this ............. the date for the visit of the DAC has been postponed until the 30th October!  This next sentance still holds true though ......... Hopefully we can get agreement for our plans and start the formal local authority planning process.  Best wishes to you all. 

Pete Barron

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:

If any of you would like to find out more about baptism, confirmation or marriage, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Where to find us

Google says we're right here!

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: 9th November 2018

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