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 16 July

6.30pm Choral Evensong
Responses: Sanders
Canticles: Stanford in B flat
Anthem: The Secret of Christ - Shepherd

Mission of the Month

JULY

Mines Advisory Group

Wars and conflicts erupt, subside and end, leaving behind millions of landmines, unexploded bombs and unsecure arms.  These pose a long-term danger and disrupt the daily lives of communities for generations.  Such indiscriminate killers don’t obey peace accords or ceasefire agreements: they can lie in the ground for decades after a conflict is over, killing or maiming those trying to re-establish their lives and livelihoods.

They also trap people in danger and poverty, preventing them from using their land. By instigating a raft of proactive and preventative programmes, Mines Advisory Group (‘MAG’) is able to make land safe, freeing people from danger and fear.

MAG’s work in some of the world’s poorest communities makes a long-lasting and permanent difference: it enables children to go to school in safety, gives better access to health services, and empowers people to make a better living.  Cleared land is used to build hundreds of houses, schools and clinics. It also enables subsistence farming and facilitates projects which give communities access to safe water.  Crucially, it enables other organisations to safely deliver humanitarian aid and development projects.

MAG believes that whenever and wherever wars happen, ordinary people should not be the ones who pay the price.  Your generosity can help MAG get to an unexploded bomb before a child does!

For more information, see www.maginternational.org or the display at the back of the church.

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

New research shows specialist coal mining companies falling short in their ability to manage carbon emissions

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

New research shows specialist coal mining companies falling short in their ability to manage carbon emissions

New Bishop of Loughborough announced

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

New Bishop of Loughborough announced

Synod debates cost of applying for citizenship

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

The cost of applying for citizenship in the UK is too high, unfair, and risks undoing the work of integration, General Synod was told today.

Welcoming Transgender People

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

Welcoming Transgender People

General Synod backs ban on conversion therapy

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

General Synod backs ban on conversion therapy

Synod calls for values-based politics upholding the common good

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

The Church of England offers a still, small voice of calm in uncertain times following the General Election and tragedies such as the Grenfell Tower fire, the Archbishop of York said today.

Rural church growth at the heart of latest round of funding for dioceses

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

Rural church growth at the heart of latest round of funding for dioceses.

New call for training to help identify neighbours and friends in financial distress

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

New call for training to help identify neighbours and friends in financial distress

Loretta Minghella announced as next First Church Estates Commissioner

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

Loretta Minghella, the Chief Executive of Christian Aid, is to be the next First Church Estates Commissioner, Downing Street announced today.

Publication of Mission and Ministry in Covenant

23 Jul 2017 00:04:18 Z

Publication of Mission and Ministry in Covenant

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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