Public worship in the Church of England has been restored and Masses have resumed at their usual times, as detailed below. The Sunday Mass Book is available here as a booklet and here as single pages. St Mary's is in Kent, and so subject to Tier 4 rules but public worship is continuing with careful observance of the hygiene rules. Our tier status means that individuals should not travel either from our tier to those in a lower tier, nor should those in lower tiers travel to us. The UK Government expects to review the tiers before the new year.
We are now full for our 4.30pm Nativity Service on Christmas Eve, but you can contact the vicar and leave your details in case others cancel.
We are not currently offering the facility to light candles.
The Church Hall remains closed and there is no access to the kitchen or the toilets at all.
At St Mary's, we offer three Masses for Sundays:
The first Mass of Sunday is aimed at our Junior Church and is at 4.30pm on Saturday afternoons.
On Sundays, we offer an 11am Mass and a 4.30pm Mass (as opposed to our usual 10am and 5pm services.)
To attend the Saturday afternoon Mass or either of the Masses on Sunday, you will need to pre-book with Father Dane. You can message him or telephone and he will come back to you to confirm that there's space.
The weekday Masses will be celebrated from 2 December at their usual times:
No pre-booking is required for weekday Masses.
December's Newsletter is available for download here in booklet form or here as single pages. The Advent & Christmas pull-out is here in booklet form and here as single pages.
The present limit of 30 attendees applies to funerals; at burials of ashes, the maximum is 15. These are absolute limits and cannot be varied.
Serving Swanley since 1901
St Mary the Virgin Swanley serves the town of Swanley, building up the Kingdom of God through Word, Sacrament and service. It is firmly anchored in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England and is a Forward in Faith parish, under the Episcopal care of the Bishop of Richborough.
A useful rule of life can involve the saying of prayers each day when we wake and before we go to sleep. These prayers don't have to be long, in a set form or use big words. Some people find a daily routine helps them and others do prefer having a set of prayers which they know other Christians throughout the world are using. One such resource is called Universalis and on this site you'll find prayers for the whole day - along with the readings used at Mass - which are shared by Christians throughout the world.
We are a family of faith
We live & work
and grow & pray
Our faith is centred on Jesus Christ
and his sacrifice for us.
We seek to live the love of God which is given to us in the Lord.
Thank you to our supporters
St Mary's gets no money from the government,
no money from local councils
and no money from the central church.
Every penny we spend has to come from people and businesses
who dig deep to support our work - and we're grateful to them all.