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 14 May
3.30pm  A service for Christian Aid week

Sunday 21 May
6.30pm  Choral evensong
Responses: Sanders
Canticles: Wood in D
Anthem: Blessed be the God and Father - Wesley

Thursday 25 May - Ascension Day
8.00pm  Holy Communion

Mission of the Month

MAY

Christian Aid

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Christian Aid Week, which runs this year from 14 to 20 May.  Christian Aid was founded by British churches in 1945 to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War, and the Christian Aid Week appeal was started twelve years later to help fund this ongoing work.

Today, tens of millions of people around the world are fleeing their homes because of war, conflict and disaster, making dangerous journeys in search of safety, in the biggest movement of people since that time.  So once again, in 2017, the Christian Aid Week appeal focuses on helping refugees.

The vast majority of today’s refugees seek sanctuary in poor countries but more than a million refugees have crossed into Europe.  They include people like Nejebar, who fled terrible violence in Afghanistan where a family member was killed and the Taliban threatened to murder her husband who was a teacher.  Now she and her family are in a refugee camp in Greece.  They thought they would only stay for ten days, but have been living in a tent there for more than six months with no end in sight.  There is no school for their children and the youngest, five-year-old Sudai, is ill.

Please help us to support Christian Aid as they continue to provide security and basic necessities for refugees.  A red Christian Aid envelope will be posted though your letter-box and collected by an authorised collector during the week beginning 14th May.  Alternatively you can donate online at www.christianaid.org.uk.  More information is on the board at the back of church.

There will be a service to mark Christian Aid Week at St Mary’s Shortlands at 3.30pm on Sunday 14 May.  This is organised by Churches Together in Beckenham and the speaker will be Richard Baker, Head of Youth and Campaigns at Christian Aid.  All are very welcome.

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

General Synod timetable published

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

General Synod timetable published

Report from May House of Bishops

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

The House of Bishops met at Bishopthorpe Palace on 22-23 May; on the Tuesday morning prayers were said for all those affected by the Manchester bombing.

Church Commissioners for England announce total return of 17.1% on investments for 2016

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

The Church Commissioners for England announced today publication of their 2016 financial results and annual report.

General Election 2017: Archbishops highlight the place of faith in British life

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

General Election 2017: Archbishops highlight the place of faith in British life

New Bishop of Sodor and Man announced

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

New Bishop of Sodor and Man announced

Church services to celebrate role of Godparents

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

Church services to celebrate role of Godparents

Dean of Salisbury appointed Bishop of Llandaff

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

The Dean of Salisbury, June Osborne is to become the next Bishop of Llandaff, the Church in Wales announced today

Investors with $10trn under management declare support for ExxonMobil climate change resolution

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

Investors with $10trn under management declare support for ExxonMobil climate change resolution

Cathedrals Working Group

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have set up a Cathedrals Working Group, CWG, in response to a request made by the Bishop of Peterborough in his January 2017 Visitation Charge on Peterborough Cathedral for a revision to be carried out of the adequacy of the current Cathedrals Measure.

New Bishop of Sheffield Announced

27 May 2017 03:38:56 Z

New Bishop of Sheffield Announced

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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