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

30 November - Advent Sunday

6.30pm  Advent Carol Service


7 December 

10.30am  Toy Service with Parade 

You are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or voucher suitable for children aged 8-13, which will become a gift for a local child in need of support through Welcare in Bromley  

There will be a Traidcraft stall after the service


14 December

4.00pm  Christingle Service

Come and see the children’s faces glowing in the light of the candles  


21 December

6.30pm   The Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

24 December - Christmas Eve 

3.30pm   Crib Service for Families

11.30pm Procession by Candlelight, Midnight Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord and Carols for Christmas

25 December - Christmas Day

9.00am   Holy Communion

10.30am Family Communion for Christmas Day

Do bring a newly opened present to show everyone

Mission of the Month


The Children's Society

The Children's Society is a charity which helps children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system.

Their aim is to make childhood better for all children, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. Their programmes and services transform the lives of around 45,000 children, young people and their families up and down the country each year.

They work in partnership with local authorities, voluntary organisations and agencies to share experiences and maximise their impact.

You are warmly invited to attend our Christingle service in St Mary's on Sunday 14 December at the new, earlier time of 4.00pm, which will be the highlight of our financial support for the Children's Society this year.

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