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 13 April - Palm Sunday

10.30am Procession of palms and Eucharist for Palm Sunday

Afterwards, the Traidcraft stall in church

6.30pm A choral service for Passiontide

Thursday 17 April - Maundy Thursday

8.00pm Washing of Feet, Eucharist of the Last Supper and the Watch 

Friday 18 April - Good Friday

10.30am Family Service

2.00pm  An Hour at the Cross

Sunday 20 April - Easter Day

8.00am Sunrise Eucharist

10.30am Eucharist of the Resurrection

Including the renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt 

Mission of the Month


Womankind Worldwide

Womankind Worldwide is an international women’s rights charity working to help women transform their lives in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Womankind delivers essential support in funding enterprises, creating contacts and promoting publicity. They work in partnership with women’s rights organisations who are challenging discrimination and violence against women, helping them to amplify their voice, increase their impact and bring about greater change.

By working with these women’s organisations they ensure solutions are firmly rooted in local communities, conditions, context and needs.  The long-term partnerships ensure that they are sustainable too.

Last year they directly supported almost 141,000 women to improve the rights of over 6.5 million women.

Womankind Worldwide was the brain child of Sir Alec Reed of Reed Employment plc.  His aim was to set up a charity to support women in developing countries which he would finance for three years through the Reed Employment and through the Reed Charity. It was launched on International Women’s Day in 1989.

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

Facts and Figures

- 6000 people live in the parish

- 400 parishioners worship at St. Mary's

- Budgeted Annual income 2012  £178,000

- Budgeted Annual Costs 2012  £180,000

- 55% 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