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

Look back at our past events - and follow A year in the life of St Augustine's from the end of 2017 through 2018

Youth Trip to Sweden - July 2018

Our youth group have just returned from their trip to our twin parish in Ostra Amtervik, Sweden where they planted a Medlar tree outside the church to mark our link between the two parishes.  Below is a photo of Fr Jonathan and Judith and Fr Joakim and Maria along with Megan and the youth group.  


20th May - Confirmation Service.  On Sunday 20th May we were honoured to welcome Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, to the 10am service to conduct the  confirmations of Sarah, Kathy and George.  Below are a few of the photos taken during this moving service  If you weren't confirmed or christened when you were younger, or if your children are year 6 or above, perhaps now is the time to think about making this committment.  Come and have a word with Fr Chris or myself - all preparation is done on a bespoke basis.  Fr Jonathan. 

Sunday 29th April 10am service taken by our old friend Fr Joakim from Sweden.

Easter Sunday - 10am service

It is a great shame if you missed this service as over 160+ people attended and the atmosphere was one of rejoicement and great fellowship with Fr Chris taking the service and Fr Jonathan giving the sermon. The stone covering the tomb in the childrens' Easter garden had been rolled away to signify the risen Lord and the children had made small models of the garden which were on show at the back of the church. Many of the ladies and girls wore beautifully decorated Easter hats (although some, it was suggested, should have stayed on the donkey - no offence taken!) and Audrey had decorated the church with some lovely flower displays, as usual.  The 'live' sermon this year was a sweet Bantam Chicken (hidden during the service in the pulpit) was adored by the children and adults alike.  The choir sung the Allelujah Chorus with help from some brave members of the congregation, it was much appreciated and enjoyed by us all. Towards the end of the service a couple of children received their Baptism hearts and angels from Fr Jonathan.  The finale was a visit from the Easter bunny and an Easter Egg hunt outside the church for the children while the adults had a glass of champagne "well it is Thorpe Bay after all".

Children's Easter Garden - Good Friday

It was a bit wet out there but everyone seemed to have a good time and the garden is looking beautiful for Easter.

Palm Sunday 25th March 2018.  

This procession shows just a few souls willing to brave the cold!  Most of the 100+ congregation stayed in the warmth of the church for this service which starts a poignant week in the church's year.

Lent Sermons




The series of Lent sermon services at 10am in which priests speak personally about the challenges to their faith have finished now but copies can be found below.


February 18th -  The Rev'd Chris Giles  Curate of St Augustine's

.........................despite the death of my son. 


February 25th - The Rev'd Canon Jonathan Collis  Vicar of St Augustine's

.........................despite not being very religious


March 4th - The Rev'd Terry Brown  Curate of Canvey Island

....................despite not having been christened


March 18th The Rev'd Canon Stephen Burdett  Formerly Rector of Southend

....................despite suffering from depression

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Mothering Sunday Service - if you were unable to attend our Mothering Day service on 11th March please see the pictures that were taken during the service (I warn you now - I am no David Bailey!).  We had several youth groups attending the service and at least 8 flag bearers. 


Fr Jonathan's sermon was geared towards the children in the congregation and using the scent of the Mothering Sunday flowers showed how you don't have to see or touch flowers to know they are there and it is the same way with God you don't have to see or touch Him to know that He is there all around us.  At the end of the service the flowers were distributed by today's servers to all the congregation and were blessed by Fr Jonathan.


The service finished with a dedication to the beautiful wooden panneling behind the stone seat in the sedilia area to the right of the altar as you face the cross .  The plaque reads 'Presented by Phillip Dean to the Glory of God during the incumbrancy of the Rev'd Canon Jonathan Collis 2018'.  (The last picture as modelled by Paul,  one of St Augustine's servers).




17th February 2018 -

A Light Classical Musical evening in aid of The Tramstop Charity



14th February 2018 -

Father Chris taking the Ash Wednesday 10am service with Imposition of Ashes

28th January 2018 Candlemas celebrations - 

Takes place firstly in the church hall and then moves into the church. 

The competition revealed some unexpected engineering talent.


Christmas Day 2017  - before the congregation arrive


Christmas Eve CRIB SERVICES - if you went to one of the two crib services held here at St Augustine's on Christmas Eve or you missed it please see below the beautiful photo that was taken from the back of the church during one of the services.  You will see how much the children (and adults) enjoy this service, why it is so popular and why over 550 people attended this year! see also how beautiful the church looks during the Christmas services.


Father Chris's Ordination on 2nd July 2017

Father Chris was ordained at St Mary's Prittlewell by Bishop Stephen on 2nd July 2017 and below are the Ordination priesthood pictures.  The group picture was of all those Deacons from the Chelmsford Dioesse (taken at Pleshey retreat house) before heading off to the Ordination services.  

Rose on the youth trip to Sweden 2017

2015 - Canon Jonathan's Ordination Service

Fr Jonathan installed as Honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral.  A wonderful service was held on Sunday 11th October 2015 at Chelmsford Cathedral to install new Area / Rural Deans as members of the College of Canons of the Cathedral.  Although the service co-incided with our harvest Lunch, a few us of managed to get to both events and of course managed to capture the moment for prosperity (photo's below).  Many congatulations to Fr Jonathan, Judith and 'the girls'. 

Rev'd Janet's Ordination Service Photographs 2014

Quickly followed by photographs from Janet's first Eucharist as a fully qualified blackbelt Priest, taken on Sunday 29th June 2014

2015 Easter Sunday Service.   Our Easter Sunday service was a wonderful occasion with a lovely sermon by Jonathan, lots of hats (and not just ladies hats!), an Easter bunny, an Easter egg hunt, and of course our annual rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus.  A selection of photos are below, if anyone has any others they'd like to add please send them to me Peter

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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