Masks must be worn while in church
8.00am: Holy Communion (BCP)
6:30pm: Evening Prayer
Worship this coming week
Wednesday: 10:00am – Holy Communion
Morning/Evening Prayer: Mon to Thurs at 9:00am & 5:00pm
Newsletters for 25th July and 1st August 2021
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.
Confirmation 20th June 2021:
The Bishop of Bradwell held a confirmation service at St Augustine’s on 20th June 2021 at 4pm. Anyone interested in exploring this step of commitment is invited to make contact with the vicar to discuss the way forward. Fr Jonathan
The vicar is always pleased to receive enquiries about christenings,
weddings and other services.
Telephone 01702 587597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a new Lord's Prayer for you to enjoy in July 2021
The Lord's Prayer in Afrikaans
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 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.
31st July 2021