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.
The Weekly Newsletter is now available online by clicking on the document below:
Please click here to see our forthcoming Musical Events
In the latest edition of The Roundabout Magazine for December and January Fr Chris's wife Laura has written an article describing her first few weeks as a student nurse. Fr Chris has sent in a photo of Laura and her trusty bike which has been added to the website's photo gallery. Please follow the link
Please follow the link to see the pictures of our Harvest Festival service on the 7th October
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.
Our meeting with the DAC was held on 30th October and went very well. They have made comments about the roof of the proposed extension and our architects are producing new drawings depicting a pitched roof rather than the flat roof originally proposed, with both sets of drawings we can consider our options, which are likely to principally involve cost implications. The DAC are very much aware of the need to improve our facilities and appear to be very supportive. Once the new drawings have been produced we will arrange an open day/evening to allow parishioners and locals to see the proposals. I hope we will be submitting planning persmission and a Faculty in the not too distant future.
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
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: 11th January 2019