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 12 April

10.30am Family Communion

A Traidcraft stall will be in church after the service

Sunday 19 April

6.30pm   Friends of St Mary's Choral Evensong

Mission of the Month


St Christopher's Group

The St Christopher’s Group comprises St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham and St Christopher's Bromley in Orpington (previously Harris HospisCare). Both care for adults from the age of 18 years upwards.

St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham has 48 beds on four wards providing in-patient medical and nursing care led by consultants in palliative medicine and experienced and specially qualified nurses.  In addition, there is Home Care led by clinical nurse specialists in teams focused on each of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.  This catchment area covers 1.5 million people.

The Anniversary Centre offers a ‘social hub’ for patients and families, and includes a café with internet access, a rehabilitation gym, treatment rooms, a bathing suite, group rooms and a hairdressing salon. They offer a programme of social events which is also open to the general public.

There is also extensive planned day care and a range of supportive care services, inpatient and home care multi-professional teams that include social workers, chaplain and spiritual care lead, welfare advisers, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, complementary and creative therapists. 

The St Christopher’s Candle Project is a specialist service for all bereaved children and their families, offering individual and group support.  It works with more than 250 bereaved children and their families each year.

St Christopher's Bromley provides services across the borough, offering home care, day care and a specialist service to support patients with lymphoedema.

St Christopher's cares for over 2,500 adults each year. Each year they provide over 15,000 days of care on their wards and support around 2,400 people in their own homes.

It costs over £18 million a year to deliver all the services. Only about a third of this comes from the NHS. This means that they need to raise more than £12 million from supporters and the local community.

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


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