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 9 April – Palm Sunday

10.30am Procession of Palms and Eucharist for PalmSunday
6.30pm A Passiontide Service of Readings, Anthems and Hymns for Holy Week

Thursday 13 April – Maundy Thursday
8.00pm Washing of Feet and Eucharist of the Last Supper

Friday 14 April - Good Friday
10.30am Family Service
2.00pm An Hour at the Cross
3.00pm Half an hour for private prayer

Sunday 16 April - Easter Day
8.00am Easter Communion
10.30am Eucharist of the Resurrection
Including the renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

Mission of the Month


Mothers’ Union - Away From It All

Mothers’ Union (MU) is a Christian charity of some four million members (single, married, male and female) in 83 countries.  The charity supports families in the UK and around the world.

Away From It All (AFIA) is a MU holiday scheme, for people experiencing stress in their family life – helping them with all or part of the cost of a holiday and/or travel expenses. It is not necessary to be a member of a church or related organisation - most referrals are made by clergy, social workers or support groups.

AFIA helps some 2,500 people holiday each year - families spending time together away from their stressful situations at home, engaging in activities together and having fun.  They often experience healing in their relationships by spending this quality time with each other.

AFIA organises family weeks where a number of families and a team of volunteers go away together with activities and outings arranged.  AFIA also has mobile homes for families, usually near a beach, and arranges day trips for others.            

Rochester Diocese MU funds AFIA self-catering accommodation – and donations from St Mary’s will help to support this.

For more information, see, and - and 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 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

Dean of Salisbury appointed Bishop of Llandaff

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 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 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

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

Cathedrals Working Group

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 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 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

New Bishop of Sheffield Announced

Elliott Review progress report

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

The Church of England's National Safeguarding Team has today published a progress report, one year on from the Elliott Review, which recommended a range of safeguarding proposals for the Church, particularly in the areas of handling disclosures and accountabi

Bishop of Sheffield; statement from Archbishops

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York made this joint statement today on the recent events surrounding the nomination of Bishop Philip North as Bishop of Sheffield.

New Executive Director appointed to lead Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to promote fairer finance

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation announced today the appointment of Rowena Young as the charity’s first Executive Director.

New leadership development programme launched

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

New leadership development programme launched

Churches urged to respond well to domestic abuse

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

Church communities are being urged to address the issue of domestic abuse and raise awareness of its impact on adults and children. The updated practice guidance and policy from the House of Bishops, published today by the Church of England, encourages churches to become places of safety where domestic abuse is taken seriously, survivors are believed and respected, and alleged or known perpetrators challenged.

Statement from the Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd Philip North

27 Apr 2017 20:25:41 Z

Statement from the Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd Philip North

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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