Praying for Ukraine
The wickedness of human greed and selfishness shows itself when one country seeks to take freedom and land from others. We invite all to pray for the people of Ukraine and to ask God to help us turn the hearts of leaders of all nations away from such evil and commit to true peace and true justice for our whole human family.
The NHS is now running Covid Vaccination Clinics at St Mary's Church Hall Swanley, you can make an appointment or simply come along and wait when the clinics are in session. Please note that some mapping services locate the church's postcode, BR8 7AQ, at Oliver Road. If you find yourself there, make your way up the hill towards the town centre, past the Police Station and you will find the Church on the corner of St Mary's Road and London Road, on the other side of the road from the library and diagonally opposite Asda.
The Church is hosting but not running the Vaccination Centre.
We do not answer ANY queries regarding the NHS provision here, please direct all enquiries to them. Click here for more details.
A"What 3 Words" reference
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The Sunday obligation has not been restored.
Although legal isolation has come to an end, there is still the need to isolate if you have tested positive or if you are advised so to do.
If you have any cough, flu, cold or symptoms of other transmissable diseases then you should not attend church or any other gathering: keep your germs to yourself!
Of course, faithful Christians should be seeking to ensure they have a prayer life which routinely engages them in saying sorry for their sins, adoring our Creator, giving thanks for our Saviour and kindling the fire of the Holy Spirit within us all. This prayer life may be nourished by joining online acts of worship or through attending less 'busy' services during the week.
St Mary's offers one Mass for a Sunday, which is sung, at 10am and Evening Prayer at 5pm.It is expected that all attending public worship will wear masks and it is required of anyone who sings that they MUST wear a mask. This remains in force for St Mary's even though legal restrictions were relaxed at the end of February: there is no change to our practice for the moment.
Public worship remains slightly different from usual as congregational singing is being reintroduced but with restrictions, social distancing is still recommended and not everyone is ready to move at the same pace so there is a need to be patient, prayerful and kind as we move forward.
The Church Hall is closed as it is in use as a vaccination centre: there is no access to the kitchen or the toilets at all.
The weekday Masses are celebrated at their usual times:
There are no weekday Masses from 1st May-16th May: the Sunday Masses continue as usual.
No pre-booking is required for any Mass.
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.