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

What's involved in running a church?

Running a church is not dissimilar to running many other organisations.  Notwithstanding the Pastoral work undertaken, there are all the practical aspects associated with running a church; there are plans to be made, meetings where decisions are taken, committees to make those decisions, budgets to manage, buildings to maintain, newsletters and magazines to print, etc etc etc.


Much of the work undertaken at St Augustine's is carried out by volunteers, who work under the guidance of the Vicar and the PCC.  If things are a bit of a mystery click through the links on the left hand side of the page to find out more about how the church is run. 


Facts and Figures


The number on the  Electoral Roll is at present 188 showing an increase each year since the last renewal in 2019.  Which means that inbetween lockdowns we saw a rise in people joining our church and signing up to be on our Electorial Roll


April 2019            158

October 2020       177  

May 2021             186


In recent years there has been a slow rise in Baptisms, Wedings and Funerals and we are always happy to receive enquiries about having your ceremony at St Augustine's.


It's Easy to Support Us

Financial Support

  • The church is signed up to the Giving Machine system, whereby for no cost to yourself internet shops pass on their 2 - 3% commission to nominated charities.  See for details.



  • Those who would like to make a donation or regular contributions to the church are warmly encouraged to do so. Please click on the form below to download a copy of our pledge form.
St Augustine's Church pledge form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [55.3 KB]

Other ways of helping

We don't just need financial support (although without it of course it becomes more difficult to flourish and grow), we need help and support to create a sense of community within our community. 


If you can help in any way, anything you can do will make a difference and will be very gratefully received. Thank you.

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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27th June 2022

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