St Augustine's Church Thorpe Bay
St Augustine's ChurchThorpe Bay


St Augustine's is a beautiful setting for a wedding, as you can see from the photographs of weddings that have taken place here. Not only does the church have a picturesque situation set amidst trees and grass, but there is ample parking, the railway station is within easy reach and there are numerous local reception venues. The church itself holds up to around 250 people, and has a set of 8 bells which may be rung, and a fine organ.

St Augustine’s welcomes all those with a qualifying connection to marry here.                 So what exactly is a qualifying connection? ............... well you can marry here if you can show that one of you:

  • has at any time lived in the parish (this link will show you where the parish boundaries are) for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • was baptised in the parish, or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish, or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • that one of your parents, at any time after you were born, has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • that one of your parents has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • That one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish.


Don't have a qualifying connection? ........... would still like to be married at St Augustine's? ........... read on ............ it may be that you don't have a link with the church but would like to make one sufficient to qualify you to marry here; please don’t hesitate to contact the Vicar to see how this can be arranged. Many of the couples who marry here establish a link by attending twice a month for six months, and we are delighted to welcome couples who would like to do this. At the main 10 am service on Sunday there is provision for children large and small every week. Marriage preparation is offered by the clergy.

Those who have been married before and divorced are offered a service of prayer and dedication after civil marriage.

It's a Blessing!


Fr Jonathan gives our Curate Fr Chris and his beautiful wife Laura a blessing on the first anniversary of their wedding.

June 2018 - Photos by kind permission of James Andrews and Samantha Sains who were married here in June 2018 - beautiful!  

May 2018:   A few beautiful pictures of a recent wedding here at St Augustine's by kind permission of Rachel and William

Fees for a wedding at St Augustine’s in 2018 are as follows:


Statutory fees:    Banns of Marriage    £29


£441      Total £470


Marriage Certificate


Fees for other services if required:







£4          Total £4









  Verger £20
  Winter heating £35
  Orders of service £50        Total £340


Maximum cost


             Total £814


Note that separate arrangements must be made for the provision of flowers or ribbons etc to dress the church.


Fees are required to be paid at least 14 days before the wedding either directly to the vicar or to the treasurer.

The church is a beautiful and convenient setting for a wedding, and the Vicar offers preparation for married life to all who marry here. The church holds up to around 250 people and the grounds offer some lovely photographic opportunities.

In addition to photographs of the church, we've added some more recent photographs with the permission of the happy couple and their photographer:


(Very old bike by kind permission of the Vicar!)

Where to find us

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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: 8th December 2018

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