St Augustine's wish a happy and safe 2021 to all
Updated: 8th January 2021
The church is now closed for public worship
In accordance with the request from the public health authorities St Augustine’s is now closed for all public services except funerals. The clergy will continue to say morning and evening prayer privately, and there will be a weekly filmed reflection here on the website. The bells will continue to ring for prayer as a sign of constancy and hope in these difficult times.
Please do keep an eye on the website to see and check when we shall reopen, and please do not hesitate to be in touch if I can be of any help.
With all good wishes,
Newsletters for Sunday 10th January 2021 and Next Sunday 17th January
Service for Sunday 17th January 2020
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Hymn for this week
ALL of the services below are on hold at the moment due to Covid Restrictions
please see Update above
We aim to provide a wide variety of services for parishioners and visitors alike - but slightly tweaked at the moment to combat Covid:
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 (but no hymn singing by the congregation)
- 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. On hold during Covid
Service lasts for about an hour,
- followed by refreshments. On hold during Covid
6.30 pm Evening Prayers - 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 altar 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. On Hold at the moment due to Covid
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 RNLI Carol Service held in St Augustie's can be found on our
News and Events page link
Our Confirmation Service was held on Sunday 13th December at 4pm
please see details and picture on our News and Events page link
The vicar is always pleased to receive enquiries about christenings,
weddings and other services.
Telephone 01702 587597 or email email@example.com
Fr Chris Giles
Update: Fr Chris comes to visit
Fr Chris Giles and family will be coming to the 10 am service on Sunday 7th February 2021 so we can have a proper farewell for them.
We are pleased and saddened by the news that our own curate Fr Chris Giles has now received an appointment to be The Rector of the Stourhead Benefice, Suffolk, between the towns of Haverhill and Clare. My Institution and induction service will be on the 29th April at St. Peter and St Paul’s Church Kedington. Thank you all for the congratulations and good wishes I have received about my appointment as The Rector of the Stourhead Benefice, Suffolk which lies between the towns of Haverhill and Clare. Fr Chris Note: there is a website actually called ‘Stourhead Benefice’ which gives you pictures, maps and details of the 8 rural parishes it serves. It also has a lovely video from parishioners advertising for a new vicar! http://stourheadbenefice.org/wordpress/
Our congratulations and best wishes
to Fr Chris and his lovely family
The Lord's Prayer
All previous services, sermons, hymns and Lords's prayers can be found on The St Augustine's Broadcasting Service on YouTube
The church bell will still ring as a reminder
that prayers are still being offered - public services may be suspended but our ministry continues.
The Church of England has updated its guidance for churches in light of the latest advice from Public Health England.
Please follow the link -
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:
Church Extension Update
Having obtained approval from the Diocese Advisory Committee (DAC) some months ago for our extension plans, our architects submitted a formal building application to Southend council. We waited the seemingly obligatory 16 weeks for the council to approve the plans, only to be told that our application had been rejected.
The reasons for the rejection were to my mind, and that of our architects, relatively minor and we were extremely disappointed that the council thought it necessary to issue a formal rejection without any kind of prior notice or liaison from the council planning department.
I arranged a follow up meeting with the council and our architects on Wednesday 30th October to discuss the rejection and find a way forward. Following lengthy discussion about the role of the DAC and the processes we have been through to get DAC approval for our plans, I’m happy to report that the meeting went well and I am reasonably confident that the councils objections have been addressed. We can’t be absolutely sure because the council official we met with was not the person who rejected the plans (of course not!) but our architect will now submit a new set of plans, with minor alterations, which we hope will be approved.
Another delay is of course inevitable and we’ve been told that it could be another 16 weeks before we receive the councils response, that will be Mid February.
There won’t be much to report before then so I wish you all a very merry, albeit slightly early, merry Christmas and hope that the New Year will bring us good news! Best wishes to you all.
If any of you would like to find out more about baptism, confirmation or marriage, please don't hesitate to contact me at
“We are committed to ensuring that St Augustine’s is
a safe place for all”
For further information please go to our safeguarding page, the link is 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.
18th January 2021