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

Friday 10 June
3.00pm  A service of celebration for the life of The Reverend Canon Doug Redman

Sunday 12 June
10.30am Family and Parade service followed by the Parish Picnic, celebrating the Queen's birthday
Bring your own picnic - barbecue food and refreshments available to buy
Bouncy castle, games, crafts and competitions
In the church hall if wet
All are welcome!

Sunday 19 June 
6.30pm Choral Evensong
Responses: Saunders
Canticles: Stanford in B flat
Anthem: Greater Love - Ireland

Mission of the Month

JUNE

Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) was started in 1996 by John Kirkby.  

After his own personal experience of debt, he believed that God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor, and in particular those whose lives were crippled by debt.  Beginning with a small donation, John began to work locally with parents who couldn’t feed their children, people facing eviction and others living in fear caused by debt. He used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline.

Realising the need for such support across the country, he began to replicate this work across the UK by partnering with churches and training debt counsellors. Since then, CAP has grown rapidly. There are now 301 CAP Debt Centres across the country with over 16,000 people helped each year. CAP provide debt counselling through home visits and offer personal support to people as they journey to become debt free.

In recent years, CAP has expanded its services to tackle the causes of debt and poverty.  CAP Job Clubs help people into employment, CAP Release Groups help people get control of their addictions and CAP Life skills equips people to live well on low incomes.

John Kirby writes, ‘I am overwhelmed by what God has done. To see thousands of lives changed every year is truly wonderful... Jesus met people’s needs with love, compassion and practical help. Our desire is simply to do the same.’

For more information on how to be involved or to access help with debt, see the board at the back of church or visit the website: www.capuk.org

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

Church of England News

Independent review into handling of George Bell case

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

An independent review of the processes used in the George Bell case has been announced today in accordance with the House of Bishops guidance on all complex cases.

Digest: Reports on Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Digest: Reports on Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations

Digest: Further coverage of reaction to the EU Referendum result

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Digest: Further coverage of reaction to the EU Referendum result

Statement from Archbishops on EU Referendum Result

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Statement from Archbishops on EU Referendum Result

Digest: New Bishop of Bolton, Ordination of priests and deacons and more

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Digest: New Bishop of Bolton, Ordination of priests and deacons and more

Ordination of priests and deacons welcomed as 'occasion of joy' for Church of England

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Ordination of priests and deacons welcomed as 'occasion of joy' for Church of England

New Bishop of Bolton announced

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

New Bishop of Bolton announced

Digest: Reports of the visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Derby Diocese

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Digest: Reports of the visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Derby Diocese

Digest: Reports on Parliamentary tributes to Jo Cox MP and service at St Margaret's Church, Westminster

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Digest: Reports on Parliamentary tributes to Jo Cox MP and service at St Margaret's Church, Westminster

Church of England sponsors play highlighting plight of Calais refugee

28 Jun 2016 21:39:33 Z

Church of England sponsors play highlighting plight of Calais refugee

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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