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 1 February - Candlemas

10.30am Family and Parade Service with the help of Tuesday Guides

There will be a Traidcraft stall after the service

6.30pm  An Evening Service for Candlemas with Choir

Wednesday 18 February – Ash Wednesday

10.00am  Holy Communion Services with the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish it

& 8.00pm    

Sunday 1 March

10.30am  Family Service

There will be a Traidcraft stall after the service

Sunday 15 March – Mothering Sunday

10.30am  Family & Parade Service with the blessing and distribution of posies 

6.30pm    Choral Evensong

Mission of the Month


Mother's Union - Away From It All


Mothers’ Union (MU) is a Christian charity of some four million members (single, married, male & female) in 83 countries that seeks to support families, and to reinforce family relationships.  

Away From It All (AFIA) is a MU holiday scheme, to help people experiencing stress in their family life with all or part of the cost of a holiday / travel expenses. It is not necessary to be a member of a church or organisation, and most referrals are made by clergy, social workers or support groups.

AFIA helps some 2,500 people have a holiday each year - families spending time together away from their stressful situations at home, engaging in activities together and having fun. They often experience healing in their relationships by spending this quality time with each other.

Some AFIA holidays are organised family weeks where a number of families and a team of volunteers go away together, with activities and outings arranged.  Others are in mobile homes owned by MU, usually near a beach, or day trips.           

Rochester Diocese MU funds AFIA self catering accommodation – and donations from St Mary’s will be for that.     

For more information, see, or the display at the back of church.

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

Service Times


8.00am Holy Communion

10.30am Family Communion

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


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


The Parish Profile