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 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:
All Souls Service. This lovely service will be held on Sun 6th Nov at 3pm. Names of the departed will be read out and you will have the opportunity to light a candle in their name. Please enter names in the folder at the back of the church before Sun 30th Oct. There is also a list for contributions for refreshments after the service which are always greatly appreciated, thank you. Any questions to Lynn Barron on 07796 126385.
Rotas'. Rotas for Readers and the Junior Church for the period Oct - Dec can be found on the Rotas' tab at the top of the page
Church Hall Users Meeting. A meeting of church hall users was held on Sunday 11th September. The minutes from the meeting can be found by clicking on the Church Hall tab at the top of the page.
Chelmsford Cathedral. The Dean of the Cathedral is now producing a quarterly events guide with the aim of encouraging everyone to discover what the Cathedral has to offer. The latest edition includes events over the Christmas period. To find out more and to view the guide, please click on the link below:
The Diocese are also running a course in Christian studies which Rev'd Janet is assisting with. Further details are available on their poster by clicking on the document 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.
Updated: 23rd October 2016