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 15 May - Pentecost
10.30am  Family Eucharist with the admission of children to Communion
6.30pm   Choral Evensong
Responses: Smith
Canticles: Noble in B minor
Anthem:  O thou the central orb (Wood)

Sunday 22nd May - Trinity Sunday 
6.30pm The Music Group will lead an informal service All are welcome

Sunday 12 June
10.30am Family and Parade service followed by the Parish Picnic, celebrating the Queen's birthday

Sunday 19 June 
6.30pm Choral Evensong 

Mission of the Month

MAY

Christian Aid Week – 15 to 21 May

The week we love every neighbour

During Christian Aid Week volunteers in Shortlands, together with thousands of others across the country, will be taking part in house to house collections, raising money to help some of the world’s poorest people.

People like Morsheda, a young mother of four who has few assets and no savings. She lives on a low-lying island in Bangladesh where floods are a terrifying part of her family’s everyday life. Their single-room, corrugated-iron house has been flooded several times.

But together we can lift our neighbours like Morsheda to safety. Just £250 is enough to flood-proof Morsheda’s home by raising it eight foot on an earth plinth, and to provide a safe place to keep livestock and grow crops. It could also buy a goat, seeds and a wormery to help produce compost that could give her a long-term income.

So please look out for the red Christian Aid envelope that will be posted though your letter-box and collected by an authorised collector during the week beginning 15th May. Your generosity could transform the lives of our global neighbours.                              

For more information about the work of Christian Aid see the display at the back of church or www.christianaid.org.uk.

Facts and Figures

- 6000 people live in the parish

- 400 parishioners worship at St. Mary's

- Budgeted Annual income 2013  £174,000

- Budgeted Annual Costs 2013  £170,000

- 54% 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

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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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