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:

*** Saturday 3rd June ***


Harmony Singers


7pm start followed by refreshments


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Parish Trips. 


** Stop Press ** The June date for our trip to Bury St Edmunds has been postponed.  It would appear that the Cathedral at Bury St Edmunds will not have a sung evensong on the day we were going to visit. The new date is Saturday 16th September, please put this in your diary's, we'll produce a flyer with more info closer to the date.


Our overseas trip to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) is in September.  Further details are available on the flyers at the back of the church or directly from Fr Jonathan.


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Church Wardens.  Most of you will be aware that both of our Church Wardens have moved/are moving out of the area to be closer to family.  

David and Lynnis Dean departed for Scotland at the end of April after David had served 6 exemplary years as Warden; we thank David and Lynnis for all their hard work over the years and wish them every success in their new life in Dunfirmline.  David will be replaced by Martin Everett. We'd like to thank Martin for volunteering and wish him every success in his term as Church Warden.

Peter Barron is still serving as the second Church Warden but will be moving to the Shropshire area with Lynn within the next couple of months. We don't have a replacement for Peter at the moment so if you are in a position to consider taking on the role please contact Jonathan, Chris or Peter.


Open Gardens.   On Sunday 9th July we will be holding an Open Gardens event from 2 - 5 pm at 83 Parkanaur Avenue, Thorpe Bay SS1 3JA.  This will include the Open Garden Railway!   Entrance will be £2.50 for adults with all proceeds going towards the enhancement of the church grounds.  Entrance for children is Free and there will be refreshments and plants for sale.


All Souls Service.  All Soulstide in early November is that time when the Church especially remembers all those who have died and those who mourn them.  We hold a lovely All Souls service every year but our current organisers will be leaving Thorpe Bay in the next month or so and we're looking for someone to take over the task.  A complete guide of what to do and how to do it has been produced and its a very rewarding role.  If you feel you might be able to assist please have a word with either Fr Jonathan, Rev Chris or Lynn/Peter Barron.


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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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