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 29 March - Palm Sunday

10.30am  Procession of Palms and Eucharist for Palm Sunday

6.30pm   A Passiontide Service of Readings, Anthems and Hymns for Holy Week

Monday 30 March, Tuesday March, Wednesday 1 April

8.00pm   Evening service with reflection

Thursday 2 April - Maundy Thursday

8.00pm   Washing of Feet and Eucharist of the Last Supper

Friday 3 April - Good Friday

10.30am  Family Service

2.00pm   An Hour at the Cross

Sunday 5 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

Sunday 12 April

10.30am Family Communion

A Traidcraft stall will be in church after the service

Sunday 19 April

6.30pm   Friends of St Mary's Choral Evensong

Mission of the Month


Community Options

Community Options is an award winning registered charity, providing services for adults who have mental health needs and operating across London and the South East.

They support people to achieve sustained mental health by providing services and training to individuals, community groups and mental health professionals.

Community Options know from experience that people’s needs are different at different stages of their recovery journey – which is why they offer a range of services designed to meet those needs:

·         Accommodation based services including registered residential care homes, housing management services, rehabilitation services and supported housing schemes.

·         Community support services – working with people in their own homes, supporting them to engage with their local communities and develop coping strategies and support networks

·         Community engagement and inclusion services – taking part in these services and projects has a positive impact on individuals’ feelings of self worth and confidence.  Projects include a drama group, creative arts projects and a choir

·         Training and consultancy

The charity is particularly trying to raise funds for community engagement and inclusion services which are a gateway to service users gaining confidence in integrating into the wider community and a step on the road to employment or other gainful activity

For more information, visit or see the display at the back of church. 

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


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


The Parish Profile