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


Laura Giles:


Read all about Laura's first few weeks as a student community midwife in the Roundabout Magazine 

Harvest Festival Service


On the 7th October Fr Chris took our beautiful Harvest Festival service.  The gifts of food were blessed by Fr Chis before being donated to Harp and the other charity organisations in and around Shoebury and Southend for those in need.  The children of the congregation had great fun spelling out the word to a harvest poem and after a dodgy start they soon got into the swing of it.  Please see the pictures below of the children spelling out HARVEST and some of the lovely flower decorations which were arranged by our retiring flower arrangers Audrey and Peter and as usual looked spectacular - many thanks to all who made this service such a success!!

New Floor!


"Was it something I said, or was my sermon last week really that bad" thought Fr Jonathan as he stood in the pulpit last week!

Due to a recent legacy we were able to get the church floor re-polished and it looks absolutely beautiful and is all raring to go for the next wedding or christening as well as our regular services. 


See below - we are back in action


Do you fancy trying Bellringing - we are looking for those who want to learn or those who want to come out of bellringing retirement! 

To have a chat with Fr Jonathan or Fr Chris please email or call (see the contact us page).  Practice evenings are on Wednesday at 7pm at the church. 

See the pictures below of novice ringers having a go, some are more gifted than others but they all get there in the end.

Seafarers:  as seen in the paragraph below Mhoira has volunteers (and is always looking for new ones - if you fancy it!) who knit for the Seafarers docking at Tilbury Docks.  Recently Mhoira handed over 27 pairs of mittens, 27 hats, 9 neck warmers, 4 polo collars and 2 scarves.  Please see the letter received from the Captain of the ship that was in port at the time.

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The Rotas for Wardens, Sidesmen, Readers, Chalice duties, Intercessions, Servers ........ in fact any Rota you can think of ............. are available at the West end of the church on the notice board, or can be viewed/downloaded on the website by clicking here 

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COPPERPOTS - What is it?.  The idea behind our 'Copperpots' fundraising activity is very simple.  Every year the PCC identifies a deserving charity; at the back of the church, on the table on the left as you leave, you'll find a small plastic tray full of empty 35mm film containers (the 'copperpots').  The aim is simply to take one of the containers home and over time fill it with your loose change or 'coppers'.  Once the container is full simply bring it in to church with you and place it in the collection plate when the collection is taken, then take an empty container back home with you and repeat the process.  The treasurer counts all the funds and twice a year sends a cheque to the chosen charity.  The total amount raised is never huge but the charity is usually of the smaller type, which often don't get a great deal of exposure, and benefit from every penny raised.  The scheme has been going for a number of years and started when most loose change tended to consist of copper rather than silver coins, however don't let that stop you from donating silver, or bronze, or whatever the national mint is using these days!


COPPERPOTS 2019 - the beneficiary this year will be the Refugee Project at the Crimean Memorial Church in Istanbul.  The Anglican church in the middle of Istanbul was in a terrible state of disrepair until the current chaplin, Canon Ian Sherwood, took it on nearly thirty years ago and with the help of Tamil refugees fleeing the civil war in Sri Lanka restored it.  He turned the former crypt chapel into a hostel for refugees, and has continued this work ever since. There is a small congregation at the church, many of whom need assistance themselves, and it is always a challenge to raise the funds to pay the bills for the hostel (approximately £12,000 each year).  Fr Jonathan is familiar with this work and knows how much difference even small sums in sterling make.


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SEAFARERS.  Mhoira wants volunteers to help knit items for overseas seafarers.  Recently 93 knitted items and 5 pairs of socks were delivered to Tilbury.  Many hats have been given out in the recent cold weather and supplies for next Christmas parcels need to be started.  Your contribution is highly valued.  We have a stock of wool (patterns and needles are available as well) for anyone who would like to join in.  The knitting is very simple and does not distract from whatever you may be watching on the gogglebox!  Phone Mhoira on 01702 588700 if you can assist.


POSTAGE STAMPS.  Please keep your used postage stamps and place them in the box at the back of the church.  These will be sold and the money donated to The Leprosy Mission and The Dyslexia Institution.



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The Sick List


Please note that requests for the inclusion of names in the Sick List should be made to Canon Jonathan Collis using a special form obtainable from sidesmen.  It is important that this procedure be followed strictly to avoid confusion and potential embarrassment since without submitting the form it will not be known who to approach to enquire about an individual's progress.


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Year's Mind List


Requests for inclusion of the names of the deceased in the Years Mind section of the newsletter should be made by completing a form obtainable from sidesmen and handing it to Rev Chris Giles for him to record for future years.


Please note that unless representations to the contrary are received from current surviving relatives, the names of the departed who died more than ten years ago will no longer be included in the Years Mind List each week.


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The Lady Chapel


Book of Remembrance

The Parish Book of Remembrance can be seen near the Lady Chapel.  This is updated periodically and if you would like the name of a departed relative inscribed in it please ask one of the clergy, a sidesman or churchwarden for a form.




There is also a small book in the Lady Chapel where requests for prayer may be entered.  They may be anonymous if you wish and will be treated in the strictest confidence.  They will be used by prayer partners who pray daily for those on our sick list.  Prayer is a ministry which can be offered by anyone, young, old infirm or handicapped.


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100 Club


The 100 club has proven to be a really successful fund raising activity for St Augustine's and the club continues to go from strength to strength.  Every month there is a draw for a prize of £100 to the winner, with each share costing £1.  There are currently around 300 shares and members can have as many shares as they wish.  Over £30,000 has been raised for the church and over 150 prizes of £100 have been paid out to winners.


Forms are available at the back of the church if you wish to join; simply fill a form in and hand it to Dawn Holley,  74 Parkanaur Avenue, Thorpe Bay, SS1 3JB, 01702 589570,  or hand to one of the sidesmen or to a churchwarden.  Payment can be through standing order or you can give Dawn a cheque to cover your annual subscription.  Thank you and good luck!


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Roundabout Magazine


Editor: Geoff Mann

Telephone 01702 582008  or  Email: 


Roundabout Magazine is the parish magazine of St Augustine's; it is published six times a year and distributed around the parish.  If you'd like to contribute an article or have a business that you'd like to advertise, please contact the editor.


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The Weekly Newsletter


Anything you wish to be mentioned in next Sunday's newsletter should be sent to Barbara Black, preferably by email to: or by telephone to 01702 297401 no later than 4.00 pm on Thursday.  Contributors should provide their name and telephone number in case of any query.


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Our Website


Our website continues to attract visitors, with over 325 thousand hits since the site came online.  The website is a wonderful resource, so if there's anything you would like to see added please let us know.  Please contact:


Barbara Black  at       Tel: 01702 297401


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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