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

Wednesday 10 February - Ash Wednesday

10.00am    Holy Communion Services

& 8.00pm  With the Imposition of Ashes for those who wish it

Sunday 21 February

4.00pm  Musical Concert in church

In aid of the Choir's residency at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Tickets £10 inc glass of wine or soft drink
On sale after 10.30am services or from Tony Wright-Jones: 07801 321964 /

Sunday 28 February

6.30pm     'For the love of creation' 

                  An informal service for all ages led by the Music group

Sunday 6 March - Mothering Sunday

10.30am   Family and Parade Service

                 With the help of the Junior Choir 

                 Incuding the blessing and distribution of posies 

Mission of the Month


St. Christopher's Group


The St. Christopher's Group comprises St. Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham and St. Christopher's Bromley in Orpington.  Both care for adults from the age of 18 years upwards in the London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewishm and Southwark.

St Christopher's cares for over 2,500 adults each year.  Each year they provide over 15,000 days of care on their wards and support around 2,400 people in their own homes.  There is also a ‘social hub’ for patients and families, day care and a bereavement project for children and their families.

It costs £19million a year to deliver all the services. Only about a third of this comes from the NHS, so they need to raise approximately £13million from supporters and the local community.

The biennial Bluebell Fundraising walk will be on Sunday 8th May 2016 in Cudham Woods: there will be more information about this and the charity on the Missions notice board during February and further information can be found at

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

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