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 6 July

10.30am Family and Parade Service
With the help of Tuesday Cubs

Sunday 13 July
10.30am  Family Communion

Traidcraft stall in church after the service

6.30pm Summer Praise

A lively informal service led by the Music Group

Sunday 20 July

10.30am  Family Communion

Col Bob Stewart MP will speak about the Mines Advisory Group

Sunday 27 July
6.30pm Choral Evensong
Responses: Sanders
Canticles: Walmisley in D Minor
Anthem: The Secret of Christ - Shepherd

Mission of the Month


Mines Advisory Group

In 1989, two brothers felt compelled to do something to protect people from the crippling and fatal threat of unexploded landmines in war ravaged countries.  Their solution was to set up MAG (Mines Advisory Group).

Since then, and thanks to them, countless lives have been saved.  400,000 landmines and cluster munitions, more than 16 million other items including ammunition have been destroyed and over 100,000 risk education sessions have been held for vulnerable communities.

Thanks to MAG, today there is a Mine Ban Treaty to which 160 countries have signed up.

Tomorrow, ten people will lose their lives or suffer serious injury due to unexploded devices.  Together let’s protect the men, women & children who still live under such threats, by supporting MAG in their endeavours.

Col Bob Stewart will speak at St Mary’s on 20 July at the 10.30am service about his personal experiences in war-torn Bosnia and the sterling work done by MAG that he witnessed first-hand.  All are welcome!

For more information, see the board at the back of church, or visit

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

Normal Sunday Service Times

8.00am Holy Communion

10.30am Family Communion

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

Who's who

Reverend Morag Finch, Vicar

Reverend Richard Finch,
Associate Priest

Reverend Jane Peters,
Associate Vicar

This month's SPAN


The Parish Profile