The Bridge Group Parish


Nackington   Lower Hardres   Bridge   Patrixbourne   Bekesbourne

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Welcome to the Bridge Group Parish

We are a group of five rural church congregations joined as one single parish. All churches are within a few miles south of Canterbury and are overseen by our Vicar, Reverend Estella Last.

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Churches open for private Prayer from Monday 31st August

Unless circumstances change, the churches of the Bridge Group Parish will be open for Personal prayer / Quiet time on the days and times listed below

Name of Church

Open Days / Times


St Peter’s Bridge

Wednesday 10-4

St Peter’s Bekesbourne

Sunday 10-12

St Mary’s Patrixbourne

Tuesday 2-4

Saturday 10-1

St Mary’s Nackington

Wednesday 10-4

Sunday 10-4

St Mary’s Lower Hardres

Monday 10-4

Thursday 10-4


  • There may be someone present to welcome you when you visit.
  • Please observe Social Distancing (2 metres) while inside the church building and follow any instructions given.
  • You will be asked to leave a name and contact number (for track and trace purposes) but these details will only be held for 21 days after which they will be destroyed.
  • You will also be asked to leave a notice on the seat you have used when you leave.
  • The Vicar is available if you would like to make an appointment for Prayer / Pastoral visit (01227 206272)

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.



Online Giving

Monday 1st June 2020

Supporting our churches financially during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Our churches rely heavily on donations made each week via the collection plate and our regular fundraising events and concerts which take place during the year. Sadly during this time when we cannot gather we have seen a drop in our income. We know this is true for many people out there and that many people are feeling the financial impact of our current situation. We are doing all that we can to provide support within our local communities and to keep everyone connected through online services, phone calls and correspondence, especially with those on their own. Even though our buildings are currently closed to the public, there is still a financial cost to the work and ministry of the church and the bills still need to be paid. If you are in a financial position to do so we would be grateful for any donation you are able to make to help support our churches in these difficult times.

You can now donate buy clicking on the link to our giving page

Thank you.


More Services


To find further information and guidance on Covid 19 and The Corona Virus visit the NHS  here or  the U.K Government  here

Parish Response to Covid-19

Please see below for the most recent information about events and services in our Parish

Sunday 22nd November

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well. Here is a link for today's online service 


There is lots of other information included in the  'Weekly Sheet' including details of an Advent group we are offering via Zoom. 


Every blessing



Sunday 15th November

Dear Everyone

I hope you are keeping well and managing to keep your spirits up in spite of the current situation. At least we have had some good weather this week - perfect for lovely autumnal walks.
Today's Service
Here is the link to this morning's online service - there is a small 'not so deliberate' mistake early on for which apologies if you spot it! It was a joy to film in Lower Hardres church with the sun streaming through the windows. Weekly Sheet.


Diocesan Synod 14th November 9.30am-1.35pm

Yesterday morning I attended the Diocesan Synod meeting which took place via Zoom. The headlines from that meeting were: 

- some of the outcomes of the 'Conversations' that some of us took part in at Bishop Rose's request (The detailed summary of which can be read herehttp://

- Detailed conversations about Finances and the challenges we are facing including the presentation of a dynamic budget plan for the next 12  months, confirming no increase in Parish Share for the coming year.

- Presentation by the Bishop, of the Church of England's Living in Love and Faith (LLF) programme designed to guide us as a whole church through considering "How questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ?" and "What it means to live in love and faith together as a Church?" http://(

- adoption of the Church of England's Covenant for Clergy Well-being. (

- update on the Diocese's progress on Environmental issues and climate change agenda - it is worth noting that our 5 churches are 5 of only 7 in the Diocese who have achieved a Silver Eco Church certification. We will be reviewing and updating our Eco Surveys in the New Year do get in touch if you would like to be involved with this work.

The bit at the end.........

Just because we aren't worshiping in our buildings doesn't mean that we have stopped being the church together and yesterday's meeting was a powerful time of prayer, conversation, planning and thinking through all of the above and the way we can continue to move and grow together even in these challenging times. Do view the links and read the information they contain if you have a moment through the week.

In the New Year we will revisit the Bishop's conversations and we will also consider what we might need to do as a Parish to respond to the LLF programme. 

In the meantime, please be assured of my continuing prayers and know that I am only a phone call away (01227 206272)

Every blessing


Rev. Estella Last


Sunday 8th November

Dear Everyone

It was with a heavy heart that we heard last week that there was to be a further national lockdown and that public worship would again be suspended. Sadly this has meant we have cancelled all our Public Remembrance Services this year - we will be ensuring that Wreaths are laid at all our War Memorials though either today or on Wednesday.

There are two options for a Remembrance Service this morning. The first is a full length (approx 30 minutes) Remembrance Service incorporating hymns, a short sermon and the Act of Remembrance filmed at all 5 War Memorials in our Parish. You can view this here  It will be live from 9.15 for anyone who wishes to view it early. The Act of Remembrance comes at around 20 minutes in, so if you start watching between 10.35/10.40 you should reach the Act of Remembrance at around 11am.

The second is simply the Act of Remembrance itself This does not go live until 10.45 and only lasts about 6 minutes. The weekly sheet is here.

Lastly if any of you have not been able to make a donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and you would like to you can do so by visiting httpshttp://://   

In this time of further lockdown if you need any help or support please do not hesitate to pick up the phone, leave me a message if I don't answer and I will get back to you.

My prayers and blessings


Wednesday 4th November 2020

Dear Everyone

I know that it is a difficult time for us all as we enter the second lockdown of the year. The good news for our churches is that we are able to remain open for individuals who wish to pray and we will be keeping to the pattern of opening for prayer that we have been using over the past couple of months. Communal Worship is however not permitted for the duration of this period of lockdown so our services are now suspended until these new restrictions are lifted.

Bishop rose has sent a short message to us all in this regard: 


We will revert to online worship and a link to an online service for you to view will be emailed as usual on Sunday. I will also be offering again 'After Service Coffee and Chat' for anyone who would like to join in for this - anytime between 11.30 and 12.30 on Sunday. The Zoom link will be sent in Sunday's regular email.

In addition I will be holding Morning prayer on Zoom on Friday mornings at 9am - this is a focussed time of prayer 9-9.30am and we keep the chit chat to a minimum! Anyone who wishes to join for this may do so - please email for the link.
Lastly because of the new restrictions all our Remembrance services and events as previously publicised have been cancelled. We will ensure however that a Wreath is laid at each of our War Memorials in the parish and this will be carried out by nominated individuals who will observe all the strict procedures for social distancing and so on. Sunday's online service will include an Act of Remembrance and a period of Silence with filming from each of oru War Memorials.

Bishop Rose encourages us to use this time to reconnect with ourselves and with God in our own homes and to develop our own rhythms and connectedness in prayer, maybe more time to read the Bible, maybe just time to pause. Hopefully this time only for a matter of weeks and with the prospect of being able to gather again in December.  

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are feeling lonely or anxious about the prospect of the next four weeks or if there is anyone you are concerned about.  I will be writing to those not on our email circulation  list in the forthcoming week. 

Keep safe, Keep well and God bless



Sunday 1st November


Dear Everyone

If you have woken this morning with a heavy heart I hope that our worship this morning will bring some light and life for you. Here is the link for this morning's online service 

Services are going ahead this morning at 8am at St Mary's Nackington and 10am at St Peter's Bekesbourne for those who have booked to attend. 

There are still spaces to attend our All Souls Memorial Service at St Peter's Bridge at 4pm today - please do get in touch if you would like to attend.

The weekly sheet is also here, however last night's announcement by the Government means that sadly it is unlikely that any gathered 'in person' services will be able to take place for the month of the 2nd lockdown. I will write again once we are clear on the details of the new arrangements for churches. 

In the meantime if you would like to join me in prayer I will be online on Friday mornings at 9am. Anyone and everyone is welcome. Please join by 9.05 if you would like to for our informal 'Friday prayers via Zoom' using the link below:

Topic: Friday Prayers
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 3870 0436
Passcode: 196141

On this day when we remember with joy all the saints who have gone before us, and their witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus and also when we remember too, All Souls, all who have died, giving thanks for their lives and acknowledging our grief. I pray that you may continue to seek the light of Christ in the current darkness of our World, that his light may shine for you in his love for you and those you love. Amen


Please do call or email if there is any help that you need at this challenging time.

Every blessing



Dear Everyone


It has been a busy week in the Parish this week as we were finally able to hold our Annual Meeting and to elect our new PCC. Thanks to all who attended the meeting both in person and virtually. Huge thanks too, to all those who have served on our PCCs over the years and to those who have offered themselves to the new Single Parish PCC (details can be found in the weekly sheet here).


Here is the link for this morning's service 

with Bishop Rose preaching.


It is Half Term at last, after what seems to have been a very long term so I am taking a few days off to spend with my family. I will monitor email and phone messages for any urgent matters.

These are still trying times for us all so please be assured of my continued prayers.

Every blessing



Dear Everyone


I hope you are all keeping well. 

This week we are preparing to hold our Annual Meeting (postponed from April) on Wednesday evening in Bridge church. You can join the meeting in person or via Zoom - please email to book your place if you have not already done so. If you are being nominated to join the new PCC or to take on the role of Churchwarden please can you also get your nomination form (or an email with a firm indication of your nomination) to Estella as soon as possible so that she can make sure all roles will be filled if possible.


Here is our link to today's service 

 and the weekly sheet is here with details of the other Bible readings for today. 


Prayers continue for you all as we long for that time when we can gather togather again properly.

Every blessing


Dear Everyone


I hope you are all keeping well. It seems as if we are going to be in this mode of being for some time to come. We are very much enjoying our Gathered Worship in spite of the limitations. Last week at the 8am BCP Service at Nackington it almost felt as if we had never been away. The Harvest Service at Bekesbourne was very much enjoyed, with wonderful organ music, prayers and readings in a beautifully decorated church. Our regular 10am Benefice Communion Service at Bridge provides a gentle opportunity to worship and receive communion, and with hymns sung beautifully by a small socially distanced choir, it is as close to 'normal' as we can manage at the present time. 

This week our Churchwardens will be meeting to think through how we can mark Remembrance in each of our communities and to begin to think too about how we can ensure we have some opportunities to worship together at Christmas.

Our Annual Meeting is taking place on Wednesday 21st October but I won't write any more about that as hopefully you have all received a separate detailed email about this.

Here is a link for our online service this morning: 

 and our weekly pew sheet is here.

It has been good to see more of you in person in recent weeks but we do of course need to continue to take care of ourselves and each other as we are still living in uncertain times. Please be assured of my prayers and please do get in touch if there is anything you would like prayer for or support with.


Every blessing




Dear Everyone

It seems as though the weeks are flying by and here we are already in October and celebrating Harvest in our churches. If you haven't already done so do please consider donating to one of the charities we are supporting this Harvest time, the foodbank (donation bin in Bridge Church), the women's refuge (via Bekesbourne church) or the Christian Aid Harvest Appeal via this link

Here is a link to our service this morning which contains similar content to that which we will be sharing at the 10am Service at Bekesbourne later this morning. 


The weekly sheet is here

It is such a joy to be back in church again and to see so many of you in person (from a safe social distance!). We are necessarily operating on a slightly smaller scale and with fewer services on offer at present. It is so difficult to strike the right balance between operating safely and making sure there is enough 'church' to go round. Thank you to all of you for being so patient with our situation. We are now taking bookings for the next three Sundays, 10am at Bridge. You are welcome to attend these services, wherever you live or usually worship so please do get in touch to book your place.

Yesterday it was a joy to welcome just 4 families to Bridge Church for a socially distanced 'mini' Messy Church session. We had a wonderful time making 'boxes of thankfulness', writing thank you cards and letters and learning about 'Teaspoon prayers'.  We also enjoyed doing the actions to some of our favourite songs, even though we couldn't sing them. We're back with a further 'mini' Messy Church session in Bridge on Saturday 31st October and can accommodate roughly 6 family groups so again please get in touch if you would like to book your place.

As we prepare for our APCM later this month please do hold in your prayers our churchwardens and PCC members and especially anyone thinking about offering themselves for one of these roles on our new Single Parish PCC. I am always available for an informal conversation if anyone would like to know more about what this might involve so please do give me a ring.

If you would like to make a donation to the church you can do this by clicking on this link: Financially speaking although we are behind where we should be things are not as dire as they might have been thanks to so many of you who have continued to donate to the church throughout this time. Thank you so much for your continuing generosity.


Every blessing


Sunday 27th September

Dear Everyone

Services: A change in the weather coincides with the change in the seasons, this week we end Creation-tide and over the next two weeks will celebrate Harvest in our gathered services at Bridge (27/09), Nackington (8am 04/10) and Bekesbourne (10am 04/10). Today though our online service includes this month's sermon from Bishop Rose which I hope you will enjoy. 


Harvest Appeals: In this season of thanksgiving we are seeking to support some local good causes as well as national ones. The yellow Foodbank donation bin in Bridge church is now able to receive donations when the church is open on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings and Bekesbourne are collecting items for the Women's Refuge. In addition to which as a whole Parish we are supporting the Christian Aid Harvest Appeal. Here are the details: During this pandemic ordinary neighbours like us have come together to do extraordinary things for the most vulnerable in society. In this uncertain and fragile world, let’s keep looking out for our neighbours near and far. Could you and your neighbours help more communities still facing crisis around the world? To donate please go to If you are not on line and would like to give please leave a cash donation either at the Vicarage or 1 Riverside Mews and these will be sent to Christian Aid. 
The weekly pew sheet contains vital information about our APCM which will take place in October here
Lastly thank you to all of you who have continued with your giving to the church in this time. We are still experiencing a huge decline in our finances since we have not been able to have services and collections however thanks to your generosity things are not yet desperate. We are just a couple of months behind with our Parish Share payments and we'd like to keep on top of this if we possibly can. If you would like to make a donation you can do so online here:
My prayers for you all in the coming week.
Yours in Christ



Sunday 20th September

Dear Everyone


Praying for you all for a blessed Sunday! Below is a short online Reflection and Prayers (with a hymn at the end!) (again if you're coming to church later this morning you may want to save this until afterwards!)

Please also have a look at this week's weekly news sheet which contains some important news about forthcoming PCC meetings and we hope our forthcoming APCM so please do have a read. 

We have reached 50 Subscribers on our YouTube channel - which seems like a special number so thank you to everyone who has hit the 'subscribe' button.

If you would like to come to a service in person in the coming weeks please do let us know as advised in the attached sheet. Whilst it feels strange to be back in church with restrictions in place for most who attended last week it was preferable to be back in the building with limits rather than not at all and it really was a joy to be together again with those who were able to attend.


Every blessing


Sunday 13th September

Dear Everyone

Here is the link for a short service to join in with at home this morning. SPOILER ALERT! if you are booked to join us for our service in Bridge Church at 10am this morning please DO NOT watch this service video! and the sheet is here.

If you would like to join us for our service in church next Sunday (20th September 10am St peter's Bridge) please let me know. We have almost reached our maximum for this morning in terms of the number we can safely accommodate in the building so it is important that we know if you are intending to come along.

Please remember we have opportunities for conversations this week reflecting on the impact the Pandemic has had on us both as individuals and as church communities and thinking through together the questions Bishop Rose has invited us to consider. If you plan to join one of these sessions (Zoom today at 5pm, St Peter's Bridge 10am on Wednesday 16th, St Peter's Bekesbourne 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th and St Mary's Lower Hardres 1.30 on Thursday 17th) please do let me know. It would be lovely to see and chat with as many of you as possible and we can safely go ahead with this as it is part of the work and worship of the church and will be conducted under the Risk Assessment for Gathered Worship. Please remember to bring a mask, and a pen and paper.

Every blessing



Sunday 6th September

Dear Everyone,

Here is the link for our service this morning

Next week there will still be a virtual service however it will be a slightly shorter virtual service offering a reading, reflection, prayers and a hymn. As you may have already seen, from next week we will be holding a socially distanced service in St Peter's Bridge at 10am. If you would like to come to a 10am Sunday service in the coming weeks please do get in touch with me( Spaces are limited so it is helpful if we can know in advance who is planning to attend. 

Please also find our weekly sheet for the coming week here - we will still send this out electronically each week but those attending church will be able to pick up a paper copy when they come. If you have any prayer requests you would like us to include please do send them to me or to Megan our Administrator (


Every blessing





As a Parish we take Safeguarding our community very seriously. Safeguarding issues can be raised by speaking to the following people:

Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Rev. Estella Last  01227 206272  email:

Safeguarding Officer: Rosemary Whatley via the office on 01227 206272 email:

Churchwardens: Evelyn Andrews, Laurence Dunderdale, Carol Day,  Nicola Fry, Andrea Nicholson, Pauline Pritchard, Scilla Wright.

The Parish Safeguarding Policy can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

For more information on the Church of England Safeguarding Contacts please see the link below: