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 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.
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.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter Services
31st March - Mothering Sunday: 10:am Family Eucharist with distribution of flowers
14th April - Palm Sunday: 10:00am Blessings of Palms in the church hall followed by procession and family Eucharist. 6:30pm Evensong
17th April - Wednesday: 10:00am Holy Communion followed by Stations of the Cross
18th April - Maundy Thursday: 8:00pm Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot washing followed by a vigil until midnight.
19th April - Good Friday: 10:00am Children's Stations of the Cross service followed by workshop and hot cross buns and preparation of the Easter Garden. 2:00pm The Liturgy of the Day with Veneration of the Cross.
20th April - Holy Saturday: 8:00pm Vigil Eucharist
21st April - Easter Day: 8:00am Holy Communion (BCP). 10:00am Family Eucharist with Easter Egg Hunt. Ladies are asked to wear hats. 6:30pm Evensong
The Weekly Newsletter is now available online by clicking on the document below:
Please click here to see our forthcoming Musical Events
Fr Chris and his wife Laura get a first anniversary wedding blessing link
Follow the link to see pictures of Rachel and William's wedding here at St Augustines in May 2018 link
** An Update on the Proposed Extension. **
Well here it is at last! Following the somewhat lengthy process of getting all the plans and correct documentation together I submitted everything to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) in February for their approval. The DAC met on March 17th and ............. wait for it ......... our proposal has been approved. The Diocese have now (of course) sent another load of paperwork for us to complete before we can actually submit a Faculty which (once approved) will formally allow work to commence.
The next stage is for me to instruct our architects to submit a formal planning application to the local authority, I'll do this on Monday 1st April (yes I know, after the length of time it's taken to get this far the date is somewhat ironic ). The local authority planning application process is likely to take at least 12 weeks and in the meantime we will submit whatever paperwork is required to allow the Chancellor of the Diocese to issue Faculty approval. Once all the above has been completed satisfactorily we will be in a position to proceed with the build, that is of course, once the necessary funds have been raised. The approved Faculty, once issued, will be in force for two years and if we haven't been able to raise the neccesary funds by the time it runs out we will have to apply for some kind of extension or go through the approvals process again. If that happens I'll be moving from Shropshire and emigrating to Botswana! Best Wishes to you all.
29 March 2019
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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 Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Emily Lusty, who may be contacted at church or by email: emilylustyATgmail.com
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.
Last Update: 19th April 2019