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 21 September

10.30am  Family Communion

There will be a Traidcraft stall after the service

6.30pm Choral Evensong
Responses: Ayleward
Canticles: Sumsion in A
Anthem: Thou wilt keep him - Wesley

Sunday 5 October
10.30am Harvest Festival
with the help of Thursday Brownies

Mission of the Month


Demelza Hospice Care for Children

This charity supports 800 life-limited children and their families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex.  Demelza has two residential hospices, one in Eltham and one in Sittingbourne, as well as a community nursing team based in East Sussex. 

Demelza South East London is celebrating its fifth birthday this year and the gardens have been improved with a gazebo, lawn and water feature, all built by the Phat Dads, an active group of parents.  There is an Open Day at Eltham on Saturday, 11th October, 2014.

Plans this coming year include extending the care of young people from 19, until 25, to support them through the transition to adult care.  Children with many more complex needs are being cared for, thereby demanding increasing support from the Care Team.  A link with the schools of siblings is being established for a better understanding of their particular needs.  A variety of improvements to the buildings and services are also planned.

A Children’s hospice is a place where children are encouraged to do as much as they are able, have fun, and make happy, precious memories but sometimes there is sadness.  Demelza has to raise around £9million per annum to maintain the standard of care to the children and their families who regard Demelza as an haven of peace along the journey of life be it long or short.  At Demelza they can recharge their batteries and seek support enabling them to continue with the very high demands of caring for a child 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year after year. 

For more information, please 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

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