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 17 September

6.30pm Choral Evensong
Responses: Smith 5 part
Canticles: Wood in D
Anthem: Wash me thoroughly - Wesley

Mission of the Month

AUGUST

Welcare in Bromley

Welcare in Bromley continues to work with vulnerable families within the borough, employing three family support workers.  It is receiving an increasing number of referrals and so more families and children are receiving services, including group work for children. 

There are also trained and supervised volunteers working directly with parents and children in very practical ways, for example spending time with a mother completing the new Personal Independence Payment form, helping to sort out paperwork with a dyslexic mother, being a mentor for children and spending time with them just playing and having fun.

One recent case concerns Samira who was referred to Welcare by her children’s school because she was socially isolated and needed help with finding support services for women who had experienced domestic violence and honour based violence. The family also needed to find activities for the children to take part in outside of school and help with applying for benefits. The family support worker and a volunteer have worked with Samira to achieve these goals. Overall the family feel that they are in a much better place in their lives because of the intervention from Welcare.

Welcare values the support of the Anglican Church: by prayer, by fundraising and by encouragement of their work.

If you would like to find out more, please see the display at the back of church during August or visit the website www.welcare.org

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

Statement at end of IICSA Child Migration public hearing

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 Z

Statement at end of IICSA Child Migration public hearing

Church of England Pensions Board publishes 2016 Annual Report and Accounts

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 Z

The Church of England Pensions Board ("the Board") has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2016, and the Report and Accounts for each of the four pension schemes of which the Board is the corporate trustee.

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

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 Z

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

New Bishop of Loughborough announced

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 Z

New Bishop of Loughborough announced

Synod debates cost of applying for citizenship

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 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

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 Z

Welcoming Transgender People

General Synod backs ban on conversion therapy

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 Z

General Synod backs ban on conversion therapy

Synod calls for values-based politics upholding the common good

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 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

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 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

19 Aug 2017 06:17:36 Z

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

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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