Since 2011 we have been twinned with Östra Ämtervik, a parish in Sweden. The Church of Sweden has a comparable history to the Church of England, in that both were reformed in the sixteenth century, but preserved the essentials of mediaeval practice. The diocese of Chelmsford has a partnership agreement with the Swedish diocese of Karlstad, and we are the second parish in the diocese to form a local partnership.
If you're fluent in Swedish our twin parish website is here: http://inspire.accson.se/setup4.asp?orgid=2277.
We have recently hosted a number of Swedish youngsters and their chaperone's. Various photo's of their visit are below, if you have any other photo's you'd like published on the website please send them to me:
Fr Joakim and his family at our twinned town in Ostra Amtervik Sweden and the growing Medlar Tree in 2019
Fr Jonathan and Fr Joakim alongside the Medlar Tree
And of course no visit to our home would be complete without an 'away leg' ........... this year we took four of our young people in July. A good time was had by all!
Since 2011 our parish has hosted Romanian Orthodox theological students from the University of Jassy in northeastern Romania, under the auspices of the European Union's Erasmus programme. They have each spent three months immersed in the life of the parish and learning about the Anglican tradition, its theology, discipline and worship, as well being taught such essential skills as making apple crumble and mixing gin and tonic.
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.
18th January 2020