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

Church Finances

In a nutshell the Church is entirely dependent on the generosity of its parishoners and other members of the congregation for its financial well being.  The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has decided, for the sake of transparency and as an aid to setting priorities, to set future budgets based on the experience of previous years.  The accounts on which these figures are based are available from the Treasurer.

Our costs/outgoings can be broken down into a number of separate areas:


  • Family Purse  -  This is our annual contribution to the central church funds which pay for clergy stipends, pensions, housing, training and the like.
  • Clergy Expenses  -  Travel, Office, Telephone, Books, Holiday cover etc
  • Church Heating and Cleaning
  • General repairs and maintenance
  • Cost of Services  -  Service sheets, candles etc
  • Organist and Music
  • Administration
  • Vicarage Maintenance (representing the redecoration of one room)


To pay for this our income can also be divided into separate areas:


  • Stewardship  -  This is funding from those who agree to give a regular sum to the church either annually or monthly.
  • Plate Collections
  • Sundry Donations
  • Fundraising Surplus
  • Wedding and Funeral Fees
  • Legacies
  • Magazine profit
  • Church Hall Surplus

It will probably not come as a surprise to hear that our projected expenditure for next year is greater than our income from last year.  However we are a very lean operation and by careful husbandry of our resources, and if our existing supporters are able to make a slight increase to their contributions, we should be in a position to keep our finances sound.  Each year a letter is sent to all supporters summarising the projected income and outgoings for that year and inviting them to review their committed giving in order to keep the finances sound.

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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27th June 2022

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