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

IMPORTANT NOTICE - SHORTLANDS WAR MEMORIAL

A statement from Ward Councillors David Jefferys and Mary Cooke:

'The war memorial is a treasured part of the life of Shortlands.  It has been the focus of many community commemorations since it was dedicated in 1921.  Most recently it was the centre of St Mary's Church's Diamond Jubilee and the Service of Whistle for the Somme.

Bromley Council, which looks after this memorial, is already actively looking to both recover the costs of the repair/ replacement works and will be working closely with the local community and bodies such as the Royal British Legion over coming weeks to ensure that a suitably dignified replacement is chosen and set in place at the earliest possible opportunity.

It is too early to say how much of the former memorial can be preserved but we have full records and have secured the damaged sections.

We would like to thank the emergency services for their quick response together with Council Officers, local residents and the staff of the Church Office.

We remember all those who have been affected by this incident, particular the car driver who we hope has a speedy and full recovery. 

We owe to all those who gave so much for their country and our community that we restore this memorial as soon as possible.'

Sunday 18 September 

6.30pm      Choral Evensong 
Responses: Smith 5 part Canticles: Sumsion in A 
Anthem: Be thou my Vision - Chilcott 

Sunday 2 October 
6.30pm      Informal Service led by the Music Group on the theme of 'All God's Children'

Sunday 9th October 
10.30am    Harvest Parade Service followed by Harvest lunch 
Harvest gifts will be given to Bromley Women’s Aid

Mission of the Month

SEPTEMBER

The Biggin Hill Romania Group

The Biggin Hill Romania Group (BHRG) was formed following a television appeal in 1990.  After the end of Nicolae Ceausescu’s repressive regime, the rest of the world finally saw the truth of the country’s poverty and suffering, which included around 150,000 Romanian orphans, living in deprived conditions.  Despite changes over the years, there are many children and young people at risk in some parts of the country.

Initially the BHRG intended to relieve the distress of sick and disabled children, but moved on to distributing aid to hospitals, dental surgeries, schools and churches.  In 1997 the group opened the Robert Cole Centre in Comanesti, north east Romania, for children with special needs.  More than 70 children attend regularly as well as others from mainstream schools who come for physiotherapy and speech therapy.  The Centre aims to help each child reach their potential, and to encourage their acceptance by wider society.

In 2007 the Foundations for Life Centre was opened at the Centre, to help the first ‘graduates’ of the centre with vocational and life skills once they reach 20 years of age.

The family and shoe box appeal takes place in the Autumn.  Gift boxes are transported to Comanesti to be distributed amongst the most needy, including many Roma children who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.  Blankets, scarves, mittens and hats, knitted by Craft and Chatter members and others, are sent out regularly.  Donations of good condition children’s and adult clothes are either given to those in desperate need, or sold in the Group’s small shop, with all profits going to the project.

Might you be able to help bring a smile to a needy child this Christmas?  Details are on the noticeboard at the back of church or www.bigginhillromaniagroup.com 

  

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

Lessons in character building show positive results in schools

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

A new approach to teaching that encourages the development of positive character attributes, including respect for diversity, perseverance, collaboration and empathy, has been successfully piloted by the Church of England’s Education Office.

Digest: Antisemitism, Belfast parades and more

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Digest: Antisemitism, Belfast parades and more

Digest: David Jenkins, Jeremy Corbyn and more

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Digest: David Jenkins, Jeremy Corbyn and more

Cathedral statistics 2015 show continued growth

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Cathedral statistics 2015 show continued growth

Digest: Education, Mothers' Union anniversary, blogs and more

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Digest: Education, Mothers' Union anniversary, blogs and more

Digest: Peace, vocations, science and more

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Digest: Peace, vocations, science and more

Increase in ministry numbers is necessary and achievable, report shows

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Increase in ministry numbers is necessary and achievable, report shows

Digest: Day of Prayer for Peace, Thy Kingdom Come and more

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Digest: Day of Prayer for Peace, Thy Kingdom Come and more

Digest: Reflection group, body image and more

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Digest: Reflection group, body image and more

Bishops’ Reflection Group on Human Sexuality

28 Sep 2016 07:44:12 Z

Bishops’ Reflection Group on Human Sexuality

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

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