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

Southend Deanery Newsletter/Area Dean's report May/June 2016

It seems sensible to combine the material for my report to the deanery synod with material for more general circulation to members.

Matters for report:

University Chaplaincy

The area dean has proposed to the University a possible way forward for funding a chaplain.  He awaits their response.

Hospital Chaplaincy

David Childs has been licensed as chaplain to Southend Hospital.

The Airport area - Colin Baldwin is now priest in charge of St Stephen's Prittlewell, St Peter's Prittlewell and St Cedd's/Bridgewater Drive church, and David Pierce licensed as curate.  Conversations are taking place across the deanery boundaries with neighbouring parishes about furthering collaboration.

St Michaels and St Andrew's Westcliff - Tom Loh will be priest in charge of both parishes, and an associate minister is being appointed.  Conversations are also taking place with St Luke's.

St Mary's North Shoebury - Frank Smith is operating as a non-stipendary associate priest with day to day responsibility for a period of one year to begin the process of renewal.

Chelmsford Cathedral is keen to encourage deanery visits on Sunday afternoons, focusing around evensong and a tour of the cathedral, starting at 3:15 and ending around 5:30.  I should be interested to know if there is interest in pursuing this.  The Dean and the Canon Theologian are both happy to preach around the diocese each second Sunday.  Be in contact with them directly if this is of interest.

News and matters of possible interest

Chelmsford Cathedral:  The cathedral is hosting the Quaker Tapestry from 17th August - 4th September.  See the cathedral website for details.


The Bishop of Chelmsford will be coming to our part of the world on Thursday 27th April 2017 (provisionally at St Augustine's Thorpe Bay at 7 for 7:30) to lead a session on: Nurture and cathechesis, Biblical reflection; Prayer; Evangelism; Christian lifestyle; Stewardship and asking the question 'In these key areas of our life together, what are you already doing and how could you do it differently so as to ensure that making missionary disciples is as central to your life as worship?.  Further details in due course.

People with particular responsibilities in the deanery.

Vocations adviser:  The Rev'd Phyllis Owen, 01702 353049,

Ordination adviser:  The Rev'd Lee Mullen, 01702 342920,

Spiritual direction coordinator:  Brian Devine, 01702 472848,

Surrogate for marriage licences: The Rev'd Canon Jonathan Collis, 01702 587597,


With good wishes

Jonathan Collis

Area Dean

Minutes of Deanery Synod Meetings:

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Agenda for Deanery Synod Meetings:

SOUTHEND DEANERY SYNOD Agenda 14 June 16[...]
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Minutes of Mission and Pastoral Committee:

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Parish Share - The presentation on the new Parish Share measures is contained in the document below:

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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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