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 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:

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And Finally ....

Details of our Concerts Series for 2017 can be found by clicking here. Our next concert will be:

Sunday 22nd October - musical event here at 3pm.  The Southend Boys' and Girls' choirs will introduce you to a visiting children's choir from Cottbus, Germany, who will appear in traditional Lower Sorbian costume and sing both in that language and English.  Tickets (inc refreshments) are £6 or £5 concession and can be ordered from

Mhoira (01702 588700) or Heather (01702 465460)


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Church Rotas.   Since I sent out the rotas a few members have mentioned to me that they have been added to rotas they were not aware of or removed from rotas they wished to remain on.  So I may prepare for the next set of rotas to be issued could you please let me know if you wish to be added to or removed from any of the rotas.  Thank you, Dawn Holley.    Please leave a note on the bottom of the sheet under the Sidesman’s rota or email me at  or text me 07890 390 993.


Do you know your PCC ?  -  Most of the members of the PCC were recently ambushed, tied to a chair, and then had their photo taken so that you can recognise them and ask them an akward question.  You can find the photos by clicking here or on the 'How Is The Church Run' tab at the top of the page, then click on 'The PCC'

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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:

Where to find us

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: 20th Oct 17

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