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 4 December

4.00pm  Christingle Service
Come and see the children’s faces glowing in the light of candles

Sunday 11 December
10.30am Family Toy Service
You are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or voucher suitable for children aged 8-13 years, which will become a gift for a local child in need of support through Welcare in Bromley. Please, no soft toys. Wrapping paper also welcome.

Sunday 18 December
6.30pm The Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Saturday 24 December - Christmas Eve
3.30pm Crib Service with Nativity Play
11.30pm Procession by Candlelight and Midnight Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord

Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
9.00am Holy Communion
10.30am Family Communion for Christmas Day


A statement from Bromley Council

Experts to oversee Shortlands War Memorial restoration
Expert consultants are being appointed to oversee the restoration of the Shortlands War memorial.  The news follows the much publicised damage when a car collided with the memorial in July, causing severe damage to the Leckhampton stone cross.  The memorial was first unveiled 95 years ago, on Sunday 9th October 1921.   

The appointment of an expert conservator is expected shortly and this consultant will liaise with Historic England and the War Memorials Trust, with planning approval probably also needed.  Careful examination of the stone will still be needed but it is potentially possible that some of the damaged stonework may be able to be used.  Therefore, it is envisaged that the memorial will essentially replicate the damaged memorial, with the costs envisaged to be met by the car driver’s insurance company.

Ward Councillors, following discussions with St Mary’s church have confirmed that a memorial service will still take place this November, on Sunday 13th at 10 a.m. where there will be a service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church followed by a service at 10.45 a.m. at the war memorial when poppies and other tributes will be placed on the stone plinth.

In a joint statement, Shortlands Ward Councillors Mary Cooke and David Jefferys said, “It will be particularly poignant this year when we come together to reflect and commemorate on Remembrance Sunday with a wooden cross placed on the plinth where the Celtic stone cross stood for so long.  We recognise the specialist nature of the work that is being commissioned and look forward to this important memorial once again standing in proud memory of the men and women of Shortlands who gave their lives in the two World Wars.”

Mission of the Month


The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society is driven by the belief that every child deserves a
good childhood. Their resources are targeted to four priority areas of work:

Children in trouble with the law - exposed to bullying, violence and
deprivation, some children are driven to crime. The Children’s Society
provides preventative 
support and guidance to lead children away from
the cycle of crime and custody.

Children at risk on the streets - each year in the UK 100,000 children run
from home, and many resort to begging, stealing and prostitution to
survive. The 
Children’s Society helps them find solutions to their problems
at their point of 
greatest need. 

Disabled children - the Children’s Society ensures that disabled children
given a voice in decisions that affect them now and in the future, to
overcome the effects of exclusion, 
ignorance and disrespect.

Young refugees – the Society helps refugee children rebuild their lives in
communities, surrounded and supported by friends, providing help
with finding accommodation and 
education, and assisting with language

Alongside this core work they also support projects involving traveller and
children, and young people affected by adult drug and alcohol

The Children’s Society relies heavily on donations. This allows them to
their work where the need is greatest and not just in areas
where government funding is available, 
and to be a truly independent organisation.

You are warmly invited to attend our Christingle service in St Mary’s on
December at 4.00pm which will be the highlight of our financial support for
Children’s Society this year.

For more information see the display 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 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

Role of communications recognised in new Lay Canon appointment

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

Role of communications recognised in new Lay Canon appointment

Church Commissioners win three prizes at investment awards

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

The Church Commissioners for England have received three awards at the IPE (Investment & Pensions Europe) Awards

Archbishop of Canterbury's speech on Shared National Values

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

Read Archbishop Justin Welby’s opening speech in the House of Lords debate he is leading today on our shared national values.

Experience the joy of Christmas with the Church of England

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

Experience the joy of Christmas with the Church of England

First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund announced

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

Final phase of grants to cathedrals from First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund announced Government support for Cathedrals recognises importance of these historic buildings as community hubs.

Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded

Bishop of Birmingham responds to Autumn Statement

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

Bishop of Birmingham responds to Autumn Statement

Statement from the House of Bishops

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

The House of Bishops of the Church of England met at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday 23 November.

Secretary General responds to GAFCON UK

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

William Nye, Secretary General of the Archbishops' Council, writes to the Revd Andy Lines, Chairman of GAFCON UK Task Force regarding teaching and practice of the Church of England.

Lord Carlile named as independent reviewer in George Bell case

07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 Z

Lord Carlile of Berriew has been named as the independent reviewer of the processes used in the Bishop George Bell case. The lessons learnt review, commissioned by the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team, in accordance with the House of Bishops’ guidance on all complex cases, is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

Service Times


8.00am Holy Communion

10.30am Family Communion

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


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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