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

The Baby Loss Awareness Week Service

Light and Love

10th October 2021 at 4pm

Baby Loss Awareness Week

The church will be lit up from 9th to 15th October in memory of all baby losses


The Baby Loss Service Love and Light was taken beautifully this year by Fr Stephen.  There were about 40 people in attendance - it was a very moving service which was well received by all.  It is nice to feel that we have given some comfort to those who are mourning the loss of their precious babies.  Thanks to Fr Stephen, Amanda Cushing (The Southen Hospital Bereavement Midwife) for all her hard work in bringing the service together and to Marjorie, Pat, Mhoira and Sally for your help too.



Previous events in 2019

Special Baby Loss Service - Sunday 13th October at 4pm. 


This year St Augustine's held a Special Baby Loss Awareness Week Remembrace Service to offer support to families who have experienced this devastation loss, and honour little ones who are never forgotten.


Baby Loss Awareness Week is held annually through-out the world from 9th to 15th October to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy or baby loss in the UK.  Through-out the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and other bereaved families across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy or soon after birth and in infancy.  Please feel very welcome to join us at the service where you are able to write your baby's name and /or a significant date or message on a small wooden heart which will be placed in a glass container with a blessing and kept by the Lady Chapel Atlar through-out the year.


We also offer you a small gift of a remembrance tea light candle in a pink, blue or white organza bag for you to take home and light as part of the global 'Wave of Light' at 7pm on Tuesday 15th October.  Around the world at 7pm families light a candle to allow it to burn for an hour with the hope of spreading a wave of light across the earth in remembrance of their children and in solidarity and support for others who have experienced child loss.  


The service was followed by refreshments and the opportunity for a chat, if wished.  For more information please call Barbara on 07969 099396 and if you are in need of support please feel free to join us every 3rd Friday of the month at SAILs stillbirth and infant loss support from 7pm at St Augustine's church hall.




We had between 25 and 30 people attending this beautiful service and it was well received with most people staying behind to enjoy a chat, coffee and cake.  Please see just some of the pictures below.  The glass container for hearts will now sit on the Lady Chapel altar and can be used by anyone who is suffering a bereavement. You can write a name, date or message on one of the wooden hearts situated by the tea lights and place it in there.


Saturday  7th September at 6:30pm: The Freda Parry Public Competition for 2019 Award where students compete to win £1500 prize money. Tickets available at the door £12 or £10 concession.  


Saturday 14th September at 7pm:  A concert by Vocal Ease, which is one of Southend's leading choirs, they will be performing music in a mixture of styles and the concert will include a guest trumpeter.  Come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of music.  A concert followed by refreshments - what more could you ask for!

Bishop Stephen's final Missionary Journey 


Please note the amended estimated time is now 10:15am


Bishop Stephen will be in the Southend area on Wednesday 11th September.  As this will be Bishop Stephen's final Missionary Journey after 6 years it would be lovely if we, as the congregation of St Augustine's support and welcome him when he arrives at approximately 10:15am. there will still be the usual mid-week communion service at 10:00am.


First Steps:  the service for tots with songs, craft activity, story and Jaffa cakes which is usually held today (2nd Wednesday of the month) will now be held on Wednesday 18th September at 10:45am due to this special visit by Bishop Stephen. 


Attached is the letter outlining the planning of the journey.

Strawberry Tea Party  


UPDATE:  The Strawberry Tea was a great success with between 70 and 80 people attending on what was a beautiful sunny day. The only thing lacking were the childen - but hopefully they will be around next year to join us!  A magnificent £865:11p was raised to start the fund raising project for our church extension.


Please see bleow a few pictures which were taken at the begining of the afternoon - while we had time to take photos.

Sunday 10am Service


Getting ready for Sunday's 10:am service - come along and you will get a friendly warm welcome!

Happy 100th Birthday Victor


Victor Knill   who was organist at St Augustine's from 1946 to 2011 and the author of the book 'The Island Church' celebrated his 100th birthday on the 1st June 2019.  To celebrate this magnificent event, on 2nd June at the Sunday 10am service, the augmented choir sang an anthem of Victor's choice and a brief selection of his favourite pieces.  Also, to commemorate this special birthday Victor and members of the congregation donated towards a cymbalstern which is to be fitted to the organ. After the service we celebrated with champagne and cakes - some of which were specially decorated by the Junior Church.  See a few of the pictures below.

The picture below were taken inside the church at Candlemas early 2019

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

23rd June - Coach Trip:  On Sat 23rd June there will be a parish day out to Guildford, leaving at 9am from the church and returning after evensong at Guildford Cathedral at 5pm. Final costs etc in due course, but put this in your diaries now! Fr Jonathan


The coach trip was a brilliant success where we were able to hear a Handbell Ringing Service in Guilford's Cathederal - if anyone has photos taken on the day please send them to Barbara Black for inclusion on the website - many thanks


This years two Crib services were, as usual, a great success with children galore attending this magical service with their families. Our church warden Martin took this picture from the balcony at the back of the church.

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,  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

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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