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The two council wards that cross the parish boundaries of St Mary’s Church both have a higher proportion of under 5s than Bromley and England as a whole:

England     6.3% of the population are under 5
Bromley 6.5% of the population are under 5
Plaistow and Sundridge council ward 7.4 % are under 5
Bromley Town council ward 7.7% are under 5


It is within this context that St Mary’s has developed its ministry to families with little ones. In a 4 year period Twinkles grew from 5 families to 39 families.

We have simply outgrown the space in which we meet, so we are wanting to adapt the space in the narthex to accommodate the growing numbers of parents and their little ones. This space is used during the service to engage babies and toddlers as they learn about and experience God’s love for them. It is here that experienced and trained leaders teach the children about God through the use of stories, singing, role play, crafts and sensory activities. Have a look at our Twinkles group page.

The most amazing thing is that we began our fundraising in June 2015 year and by the end of November 2015 we had smashed our target of £35,000! We have, to date, secured over £36,500 to meet the costs of the building work involved.


At our PCC meeting in January we noted that all permissions had now been obtained and the money to fund the project is in place. The decision to instruct the builder was taken and all looked full steam ahead.

Sadly a few days later the contractor withdrew!

The TGL committe is now working with two new contractors to obtain fresh quotations. We hope to have news of the next steps to be taken in March.

Alan Keeler

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