St. Mary's Church endeavours to bring the love of God into the everyday lives of the people of Shortlands.

Life around St. Mary's

Forthcoming Services & Events

Sunday 19 February
6.30pm  Choral Evensong
Responses: Sanders
Canticles: Sumison in G
Anthem: Clare Benediction - Rutter

Sunday 26 February
6.30pm Songs of Praise
The Music Group will lead a service of favourite traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs.

Wednesday 1 March - Ash Wednesday

10.00am Holy Communion services
& 8.00pm With the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish it


IMPORTANT NOTICE - SHORTLANDS WAR MEMORIAL

A statement from Bromley Council

Experts to oversee Shortlands War Memorial restoration
Expert consultants are being appointed to oversee the restoration of the Shortlands War memorial.  The news follows the much publicised damage when a car collided with the memorial in July, causing severe damage to the Leckhampton stone cross.  The memorial was first unveiled 95 years ago, on Sunday 9th October 1921.   

The appointment of an expert conservator is expected shortly and this consultant will liaise with Historic England and the War Memorials Trust, with planning approval probably also needed.  Careful examination of the stone will still be needed but it is potentially possible that some of the damaged stonework may be able to be used.  Therefore, it is envisaged that the memorial will essentially replicate the damaged memorial, with the costs envisaged to be met by the car driver’s insurance company.

Ward Councillors, following discussions with St Mary’s church have confirmed that a memorial service will still take place this November, on Sunday 13th at 10 a.m. where there will be a service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church followed by a service at 10.45 a.m. at the war memorial when poppies and other tributes will be placed on the stone plinth.

In a joint statement, Shortlands Ward Councillors Mary Cooke and David Jefferys said, “It will be particularly poignant this year when we come together to reflect and commemorate on Remembrance Sunday with a wooden cross placed on the plinth where the Celtic stone cross stood for so long.  We recognise the specialist nature of the work that is being commissioned and look forward to this important memorial once again standing in proud memory of the men and women of Shortlands who gave their lives in the two World Wars.”

Mission of the Month

FEBRUARY

Book Aid

Book Aid was started in 1987 as a positive response to an urgent appeal 
from overseas Christian book sellers who were suffering an acute shortage of books.

Book Aid is committed to providing Christian literature to overseas areas
which are suffering from ‘Book Famine’ – mainly Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. 

Shipments of new and second hand books are made to established Christian bookshops and churches who sell the books they receive at affordable prices.  

Help is also given in a variety of other situations such as individual Bible 
colleges and Christian schools.  They also support local publishing, marketing, training and development through the funds generated from book sales

Books are gathered by volunteers through a network of UK collection points.  They are then transported to the main London warehouse where they are sorted, boxed and placed on pallets which are put into a container.

The types of books sought include:

  • All kinds of Christian books regardless of age or doctrine
  • Books on theology, and Bible commentaries including lexicons
  • Bibles of any version (except ‘New English Bibles’) regardless of age
  • Ladybird books both religious and secular

Book Aid cannot accept dated material such as Bible reading notes and
Sunday school material, nor are CDs, DVDs, videos and non-Christian books required.

For more information see the display in church during February, or visit
www.book-aid.org  If you would like to donate any books, please leave
them at the church office.

Facts and Figures

- 6000 people live in the parish

- 400 parishioners worship at St. Mary's

- Budgeted Annual income 2016  £179,000

- Budgeted Annual Costs 2016  £183,500

- 50% of our income comes from committed giving by our parishioners     

 

Can you give something back to your community? Contact the Church office for further information    

External Links

Church of England

Rochester Diocese

Church of England News

Investors with $4trn under management renew call on Exxon to address climate risk

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

Investors with $4trn under management renew call on Exxon to address climate risk

Hidden gems from Londons chapels uncovered

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

Hidden gems from London’s chapels uncovered

Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York following General Synod

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York following General Synod

Culture change for seven days a week faith welcomed by General Synod

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

The Church of England is to undergo a major "culture shift" to mobilise lay members to spread the gospel in their everyday lives. General Synod has given its support to the report, "Setting God's People Free", which calls for Christians to be equipped to live out their faith in every sphere - from the factory or office, to the gym or shop - to help increase numbers of Christians and their influence in all areas of life.

General Synod February Group of Sessions 2017: Thursday

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

General Synod February Group of Sessions 2017: Thursday

General Synod February Group of Sessions 2017: Wednesday

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

General Synod February Group of Sessions 2017: Wednesday

Result of the vote on the House of Bishops' Report

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

Result of the vote on the House of Bishops' Report

General Synod calls on Government to lower maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

General Synod calls on Government to lower maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

New See to support multi-cultural communities in Leicestershire

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

New See to support multi-cultural communities in Leicestershire

Presentations from the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of Willesden

24 Feb 2017 12:03:51 Z

Presentations from the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of Willesden

Service Times

Sundays

8.00am Holy Communion

10.30am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong (3rd Sunday of the month only)


Wednesdays

10.00am Holy Communion

Who's who


Reverend Morag Finch, Vicar


Reverend Richard Finch,
Associate Vicar


Reverend Jane Peters,
Associate Vicar

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