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 8 January - Epiphany
10.30am  Family Communion

Sunday 15 January
6.30pm  Choral Evensong
Responses: Smith 5 part
Canticles: Stanford in Bb
Anthem: Evening Hymn - Balfour Gardner

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

JANUARY

The Leprosy Mission

Founded in 1874, The Leprosy Mission (TLM) is a leading Christian global
charity working in numerous countries across Africa, South Africa, and
East Asia providing and evaluating a range of medical and social projects
that help transform the lives of leprosy affected people.

Untreated, leprosy can cause progressive and permanent damage to the
skin, nerves, limbs and eyes, yet for more than 30 years the disease has
been easily curable with multi drug therapy, a combination of antibiotics.  

Early diagnosis and treatment are essential.  Due to the lack of awareness
and stigma that surround the disease, some people delay seeking help and
are diagnosed too late to prevent life changing disabilities: fear and stigma
can lead 
to social exclusion which can be more damaging than leprosy's
physical symptoms.

Research and trials continue in a search for a preventative vaccine but in
the meantime more than 200,000 new cases are diagnosed annually with
more than 3 million people living with irreversible disabilities, including
blindness, as a result of late diagnosis and treatment.

TLM continues to work hard in reversing the injustices of leprosy: its work
includes treatment, health care, surgery, physiotherapy, health awareness
training and providing small business loans to enable those affected to
escape poverty and become independent.

St Mary's has a long record of supporting this charity.  Further information
is available from the display at the back of the church throughout January
and you can find out more at www.leprosymission.org.uk

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

Publication of General Synod papers

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Publication of General Synod papers

New shale gas and fracking briefing paper released

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

New shale gas and fracking briefing paper released

Church renewal gains momentum with £9 million for new projects

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Underlining its commitment to renewing the Church across England, over £9.1million has been awarded by the Archbishops’ Council to seven dioceses for projects from East London to Worcestershire and Sussex to Liverpool.

Thirteen Leading International Asset Owners Launch Major Initiative to Embed Climate Concerns in Investment Decisions

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Resource launched to equip investors to better understand how the transition to a low-carbon economy affects their investments.

Statement on Visitation Charge to Peterborough Cathedral

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Following the visitation charge to Peterborough Cathedral issued by the Rt Revd Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough, a spokesperson for The Church Commissioners said:

Statement on the death of Jill Saward

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Statement on the death of Jill Saward

Church of England makes late bid for Christmas advert of the Year in new film with “Gogglebox Vicar”

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Church of England makes late bid for Christmas advert of the Year in new film with “Gogglebox Vicar”

New Bishop of Woolwich announced

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

New Bishop of Woolwich announced

Statement from the College & House of Bishops

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Statement from the College & House of Bishops

Church Communicator Announced As New Durham Vicar

20 Jan 2017 15:46:36 Z

Church Communicator Announced As New Durham Vicar

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

This month's SPAN

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