Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church
A Mass centre was opened in Springfield in 1961, served from Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford. A resident priest was appointed in October 1982 to serve the Catholic users of the present church. This was an ecumenical building project (the church being shared with the Anglicans, United Reformed Church and Methodists), serving Chelmer Village, an area of new housing. It was designed originally as a single large rectangular space which could be subdivided into one large and two smaller halls by moveable screens, with sacristies/vestries and other small ancillary rooms in projections at the northeast, northwest and southwest corners. It was opened and dedicated on 3 June 1983. St Augustine’s became a separate Catholic parish in 1985, and became part of the Linked Chelmsford Parishes in 2022.
In 2007 the building was greatly enlarged on the eastern side by the addition of a new worship space with curving copper-clad outer walls. The architect was Karen Fardell of Plater Claiborne of Tollesbury, the builders F. J. French. This won a design award from the Chelmsford Society in 2008.
Visiting St Augustine of Canterbury Church
You so loved the world that you sent us your only Son that we might believe in Him and have eternal life.
May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live the Good News with joy.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to "go out to the whole world and proclaim" our faith with confidence.
Give us the courage to witness to the joy of the Gospel by our words and actions.
Help our parish to become more welcoming and missionary, so that you may be known and loved by all people.
We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever.
St Augustine of Canterbury Church is a shared site with other Christian communities. For more information see http://www.staugustinespringfield.org.uk.
There is ample parking at the church in front of the building.