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 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 but there are two exceptions this year between now and the summer.  So for your diaries here are the dates for the first half of the year - 7th February (to avoid half-term) 14th March, 18th April (to avoid the Easter Break) 9th May, 13th June and 11th July.


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



A series of Lent sermon services at 10am in which priests speak personally about the challenges to their faith.


February 18th 

The Rev'd Chris Giles  Curate of St Augustine's

.........................despite the death of my son. 


February 25th 

The Rev'd Canon Jonathan Collis  Vicar of St Augustine's

.........................despite not being very religious


March 4th

The Rev'd Terry Brown  Curate of Canvey Island

....................despite not having been christened


March 18th

The Rev'd Canon Stephen Burdett  Formerly Rector of Southend

....................despite suffering from depression


All are welcome to attend.

Copies of each sermon can be found by clicking on the relevant document below:

Lent Talk - Despite the death of my son [...]
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Mothering Sunday 11th March

10am Family Eucharist with Distribution of Flowers

Please follow the link to see the pictures taken during the service


Palm Sunday 25th March

10am Blessing of Palms in the Church Hall followed by 

Procession and Family Eucharist

6:30pm Evensong


Wednesday 28th March

10am Holy Communion followed by

Stations of the Cross


Maundy Thursday 29th March

8pm Eucharist of the Last Supper with foot washing

followed by a vigil until midnight


Good Friday 30th March

10am Children's Stations of the Cross Service

followed by workshop and hot cross buns and preparation of the Easter Garden

2pm The Liturgy of the Day with Veneration of the Cross


Holy Saturday 31st March

8pm Vigil Eucharist 


Easter Day 1st April

8am Holy Communion book of Common Prayer

10am 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:

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The St Augustine's Year (end of 2017 through 2018)


To see some of the previously advertised services, events and musical evenings held at St Augustine's through-out the year please click Here


Musical Events


Please click here to see our forthcoming Musical Events

And Finally ....

20th May - Confirmation Service.  On Sunday 20th May we shall be honoured to welcome Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, to the 10am service to conduct a confirmation.  If you weren't confirmed or christened when you were younger, or if your children are year 6 or above, perhaps now is the time to think about making this committment.  Come and have a word with Fr Chris or myself - all preparation is done on a bespoke basis.  Fr jonathan.


23rd June - Coach Trip.  On Saturday 23rd June there will be a parish day out to Guildford, leaving at 9am from the church and returning after evensong at Guildford Cathedral at 5pm.  Costs tbc.


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:

If any of you would like to find out more about baptism, confirmation or marriage, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Where to find us

Google says we're right 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.

SS1 3JH.

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Last Update: 15th March 2018

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