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 20 September

6.30pm     Choral Evensong

                 Responses: Sanders

                 Canticles:   Noblet in B Minor

                 Anthem:    Beati Quorum - Stanford

Sunday 27 September

6.30pm A Service of Informal Worship

For all ages, led by the Music Group

Sunday 04 October

10.30am   Harvest Festival

Family and Parade Service

(with the help of Mowgli Cub Pack)

Mission of the Month


The Demelza Hospice Care for Children


Demelza Hospice Care for Children is a vital part of the health and social care support in our area, South East London, Kent and East Sussex. 

 Having developed over the last twenty years, the charity is now looking at the way it provides building-based and community respite care, symptom management and end of life care, family support and counselling.  The priority is to listen and act in response to the views and suggestions from families and young people. 

With increasing numbers of young people living into adulthood, it is necessary to expand the transition service to support and ease the way for families and carers as they become introduced to adult services and care.  Members of the Young People’s forum want a social life, to meet their peers and try different activities.  The Trustees, staff, and volunteers are all working towards improving the services in the best possible way to cope with the ever more complex conditions and lives, working in partnership with other agencies and offering the very best care in all respects. 

Demelza thanks and is very grateful to St Mary’s Church for the support given.  The board at the back of church shows the day to day activities and therapies which take place under the name of Demelza Hospice Care for Children – or see


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