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 19 March

6.30pm Friends of St Mary's Choral evensong
Responses: Ayleward
Canticles: Brewer
Anthem: O thou the central orb - Wood

Sunday 26 March – Mothering Sunday
10.30am Family and Parade Service
With the help of 4th Bromley Brownies
Including the blessing and distribution of posies

Sunday 9 April – Palm Sunday
10.30am Procession of Palms and Eucharist for PalmSunday
6.30pm A Passiontide Service of Readings, Anthems and Hymns for Holy Week

Thursday 13 April – Maundy Thursday
8.00pm Washing of Feet and Eucharist of the Last Supper

Friday 14 April - Good Friday
10.30am Family Service
2.00pm An Hour at the Cross
3.00pm Half an hour for private prayer

Sunday 16 April - Easter Day
8.00am Easter Communion
10.30am Eucharist of the Resurrection
Including the renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt


A statement from Bromley Council

Experts to oversee Shortlands War Memorial restoration
Expert consultants are being appointed to oversee the restoration of the Shortlands War memorial.  The news follows the much publicised damage when a car collided with the memorial in July, causing severe damage to the Leckhampton stone cross.  The memorial was first unveiled 95 years ago, on Sunday 9th October 1921.   

The appointment of an expert conservator is expected shortly and this consultant will liaise with Historic England and the War Memorials Trust, with planning approval probably also needed.  Careful examination of the stone will still be needed but it is potentially possible that some of the damaged stonework may be able to be used.  Therefore, it is envisaged that the memorial will essentially replicate the damaged memorial, with the costs envisaged to be met by the car driver’s insurance company.

Ward Councillors, following discussions with St Mary’s church have confirmed that a memorial service will still take place this November, on Sunday 13th at 10 a.m. where there will be a service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church followed by a service at 10.45 a.m. at the war memorial when poppies and other tributes will be placed on the stone plinth.

In a joint statement, Shortlands Ward Councillors Mary Cooke and David Jefferys said, “It will be particularly poignant this year when we come together to reflect and commemorate on Remembrance Sunday with a wooden cross placed on the plinth where the Celtic stone cross stood for so long.  We recognise the specialist nature of the work that is being commissioned and look forward to this important memorial once again standing in proud memory of the men and women of Shortlands who gave their lives in the two World Wars.”

Mission of the Month



JusB youth centre was started in 2003 by the family worker from St Mary's Church, College Road who met young people in Bromley who had nowhere to go, were not particularly interested in church yet needed support.  They wanted somewhere to “jusb themselves”.

JusB was born and moved into College Road in 2005.  Since then they have worked with thousands of young people giving them support and providing activities.  Their mission is 'to serve young people by accompanying them through thick and thin on their journey to independence’.

JusB helps young people aged 10 - 23 during both term time and school holidays.  This work includes advice and guidance to help them find a job or stay on in education.  There is also a homework club and projects to help develop new skills like urban music, craft, cookery and video animation.  Young people are encouraged to support each other and be good ambassadors in their community.

There are lots of ways to help from collecting old stamps, to a regular standing order or volunteering.  For more information, visit, see the board at the back of church, call 020 8464 2722 or visit during their next Open House: 20 March 3.30-7pm. 

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

New Executive Director appointed to lead Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to promote fairer finance

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation announced today the appointment of Rowena Young as the charity’s first Executive Director.

New leadership development programme launched

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

New leadership development programme launched

Churches urged to respond well to domestic abuse

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

Church communities are being urged to address the issue of domestic abuse and raise awareness of its impact on adults and children. The updated practice guidance and policy from the House of Bishops, published today by the Church of England, encourages churches to become places of safety where domestic abuse is taken seriously, survivors are believed and respected, and alleged or known perpetrators challenged.

Statement from the Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd Philip North

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

Statement from the Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd Philip North

The Bishop of Birmingham responds to the Budget

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, Convenor of the Bishops in the House of Lords, responds to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement

Bishop of Gloucester releases International Women's Day film

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

Bishop of Gloucester releases International Women’s Day film

Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich to chair Ministry Council

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich to chair Ministry Council

Investors with $4trn under management renew call on Exxon to address climate risk

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

Investors with $4trn under management renew call on Exxon to address climate risk

Hidden gems from Londons chapels uncovered

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

Hidden gems from London’s chapels uncovered

Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York following General Synod

29 Mar 2017 20:25:57 Z

Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York following General Synod

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