Mothering Sunday – Church Open

 The church will be open as a place of quiet, for prayer, reflection, to light a candle etc. between 2 and 3 pm on Mothering Sunday 14th March 2021. Please maintain social distancing and wear a facemask.

Services are only being held on Zoom for the time being but we hope to make an announcement about resuming services in the church very soon.

Armistice Day Service 2018

On Sunday the church was packed for the service to commemorate the end of World War I. It had been beautifully decorated – see our earlier post for pictures of the decorations. Shorne Scouts were present with their banners. The bells were rung before and after the service. The service was followed by a parade at the war memorial in the churchyard when the usual silence was observed and banners lowered between the last post and reveille. While people laid their wreaths and tributes at the memorial Dave Pullen played his bagpipes. After the parade many returned to the church for coffee and were invited to have a go at ringing a bell – and receive a certificate to show they had done so.

You can find out more about the memorials and those commemorated on the war memorial elsewhere on this site: click here.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below – in the email version of this post you will have to click the slideshow link to see it.




Harvest Supper 2018

Twenty gathered on Saturday evening for a meal of cottage pie, apple crumble/pie and coffee. Entertainment was in the form of three quizzes by our Vicar, Ted, when some of us came across dingbats for the first time. A group had worked hard doing the cooking, preparing the church and serving the food and we are grateful to them and mindful of those who are not privileged to eat so well.

Future Events and Post Christmas Lunch

Post Christmas Lunch

Almost 50 people were in the church on Saturday to enjoy a hot roast beef lunch with apple pie or crumble dessert. It was a very friendly occasion and Sylvie, Ted and their helpers are to be congratulated in putting on such a fine meal and keeping the food hot in the church.

Future Events

We have a large number of social and other events planned for this year including:

  • Quiz nights
  • Coffee mornings
  • Lent course
  • Pre-Easter meetings & services
  • Sixties night

Check them out on our calendar page where you can find out more details – and remember to put them in your diary.

As usual you will find the major events listed first as ‘highlighted events’ with links to more information. These and other events and services are listed below in the full calendar.

If you follow our Facebook page you will receive reminders and reports on most of them in Facebook



Music Hall

How better to commemorate the First World War than by a music hall. A packed village hall enjoyed listening to and joining in old songs on Saturday the 18th November. There was even even a five minute pantomime with the Vicar as the prince and the fairy godmother and Sylvia (his wife) as Cinderella and ugly sister. Even the Mayor of Gravesham (Harold Craske) joined in as compere and sang a song.

The event was Shorne’s contribution to the commemoration by the churches in the Gravesend Deanery. Each is taking it in turn during the four years to put on an event to raise money half of which will go to Coventry Cathedral’s Community of the Cross of Nails which works for peace and reconciliation around the world and the other half to projects chosen by the parishes. The event raised nearly £400 plus a further £200 from the raffle.

Photographs by June Whittaker

Vicar & Sylvia celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary

Congratulations to our Vicar, Ted Hurst, and Sylvia who celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary on Sunday. The congregation at the main service celebrated with them after the service as you can see in the photos below. Click a photo to see it full size. Photos by Angela Purdy.

Harvest service & lunch

There was a nearly full church for the harvest festival service. Children from Shorne Primary School led the service and a baptism took place in the service. The church was beautifully decorated by the flower arrangers. The service was followed by  a buffet lunch.

The annual conker championship was held. Three children from the school tied as winners: Joseph, Harry and Isabel shown together in one of the photos

Church Open Day and “Ride & Stride”

The church was buzzing with conversation at the open day. We had about 40 visitors most of whom had afternoon tea and nearly thirty of them joined one of the conducted tours of the church to hear about the history of the building and its contents and also some of the people whose memorials ate there.

One of the visitors, from London, was a descendent of the Revd Caleb Perfect who was vicar at Shorne for 37 years in the 18th century. We also had a visit from the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Wilmott and his wife Margaret. He is the patron of the Ride & Stride and was visiting some of the churches open for the event. They are shown in two of the photographs below, in one with Maureen and Peter Morten.

We were visited by 14 cyclists and walkers taking part in that event, the same as last year. It does not seem a lot but is typical for this area. Maureen and Peter Morten took part for us and visited 20 churches. Sponsorship was disappointing with only eight sponsors from the village. Although Maureen and Peter raised over £300 that was largely due to one large donation from outside. Nevertheless it is a valuable addition to the money raised by many others around the county for the repair of historic churches and half will be for our church.

We are grateful to those who gave up time to welcome visitors and help with the teas as well as Maureen and Peter for doing the hard work.

Annual Meetings 2016

Parishioners received reports on the parish church’s activities during 2015 and elected churchwardens and PCC members at meetings on 26th April.

At the Annual Meeting of Parishioners Sandy Cackett and Jaqui Olid were re-elected as churchwardens to serve a second year. This was followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting when the reports, including annual accounts, were presented to the meeting. This was followed by electing Geoff Cook as an additional member of the Parochial Church Council and the re-election of the sidespersons and deputy wardens. Elections to other offices such as PCC Treasurer and secretary will take place at the next PCC meeting.

Among matters discussed were progress with the search for a new vicar which is in its early stages; it will take several months to complete and could even stretch into next year. The Ministry Team reported on the changes it was making to the regular services. The monthly All Age Worship is now held in the primary school where it seems to be attracting more children and the third Sunday service is now a more informal service without Holy Communion.

You can read the reports:

Accounts and reports

Ministry Team report


Mothering Sunday Service at the School

Mothering Siunday 2016

As a new venture the Mothering Sunday service was held at Shorne C of E Primary School and was supported by children from the school and their parents as well as our regular congregation. A feature was a “pop up” choir: children were invited to arrive half an hour before the service to practice a song (“He Came Down”) which they later sang, together with hand movements, with the regular church choir as you see in the photo.

It was a relaxed, informal service which involved children in other parts of the service such as readings and combined fun with worship. The success owed much to Dennis Usher, our lay reader, who led the worship, Rosemary Moore who directed the choir and Rita Sylvester who played the piano.

In view of its success we plan to hold more of our All Age Worship services at the school, though the next one will be in the church as it is to be combined with a baptism.