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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Parish Diary

You can now view our digital diary online by clicking on the link above.

Service details and readings for July 2022



Known as


Church Service

17th July


5th Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 18.1-10a; Psalm 15; Colossians 1.15-28; 

Luke 10.38-42

9.30am Morning Prayer at St Mary’s Nackington


10am Traditional Sung Holy Communion at St Mary’s Patrixbourne


4pm All Age Family Service at St Peter’s Bridge


24th July


6th Sunday after Trinity


Genesis 18.20-32; Colossians 2.6-15,(16-19); 

Luke 11.1-13

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge



31st July


7th Sunday after Trinity


Ecclesiastes 1.2,12-14; 2.18-23; Colossians 3.1-11 Luke 12.13-21

10am Benefice Communion at St Mary’s Nackington


Service details and readings for August and September 2022



Known as


Church Service

7th August


8th Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 15.1-6; Hebrews 11.1-3,8-16; 

Luke 12.32-40

10am Songs of Praise Service with Communion at St Peter’s Bekesbourne


14th August


9th Sunday after Trinity / Blessed Virgin Mary

Isaiah 61:10-end

Galatians 4: 4-7

Luke 1: 46-55

10am Patronal Festival and 190th Anniversary Service at St Mary’s Lower Hardres 


21st August


10th Sunday after Trinity

Isaiah 58.9b-14;  Hebrews 12.18-29; 

Luke 13.10-17

10am Benefice Communion at St Marys Patrixbourne


28th August

11th Sunday after Trinity

Proverbs 25.6-7; Hebrews 13.1-8,15-16; 

Luke 14.1,7-14

10am Benefice Communion at St Peter’s Bridge


4th September

12th Sunday after Trinity


Deuteronomy 30.15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; 

Luke 14.25-33

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne


6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Lower Hardres


Saturday 10th September




4-6pm Messy Church at Bridge School



11th September

13th Sunday after Trinity

Exodus 32.7-14;

1 Timothy 1.12-17; 

Luke 15.1-10

10 am Communion at St Peter’s Bridge

18th September


14th Sunday after Trinity

Amos 8.4-7;

1 Timothy 2.1-7; 

Luke 16.1-13

9.30am Morning Prayer at St Mary’s Nackington


10am Traditional Sung Holy Communion at St Mary’s Patrixbourne (Harvest)


4pm All Age Family Service at St Peter’s Bridge


25th September


15th Sunday after Trinity


Amos 6.1a, 4-7;

1 Timothy 6.6-19; 

Luke 16.19-31

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge


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, Sue Isard,  Nicola Fry, Andrea Nicholson, Pauline Pritchard, Scilla Wright, Daphne Reece.

The Parish Safeguarding Policy can be found by clicking the link above.

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


Sunday 7th August


Dear Everyone

Here is the service link for our online service filmed at St Peter's Bekesbourne this morning: 

 The volume is a bit changeable so you may need to adjust your device accordingly. 


Please also find attached the weekly sheet which has been updated since this morning as a couple of items have been added. 


Please note there will be no online service for Sunday 14th or Sunday 21st as I will be on leave. Further details about who to contact while I am out of the office and next week's pew sheet will be sent out later this week


Best wishes


Sunday 31st July

Dear Everyone


It was wonderful to see so many people from all around the Benefice at St Mary's Nackington for our service this morning. 


For those who weren't able to join us in person here is the link


Please note that next Sunday our 10am Service will be at St Peter's Bekesbourne. If you need any assistance getting to the church please let us know. 


Have a blessed week




Sunday 24th July

Dear Everyone 

Here is the service link for this morning's service filmed at St Peter's Bridge.


Please also find attached the weekly pew sheet. Please note the details of forthcoming services on the first page of the Pew sheet. We are now on our 'Summer rotation' which means the service schedule differs slightly from usual. 

With my prayers for the week ahead. 

Every blessing


Sunday 17th July 

Dear Everyone

I imagine most are indoors keeping cool this afternoon. We have our family service at St Peter's Bridge where we are hoping it will be relatively cool!

Here is the link for our service this morning at St Mary's Patrixbourne

 Just one thing to note, that the venue for the Open Synod on Wednesday evening is Ash Primary school rather than the church. 

In all seriousness, if you or anyone you know needs some cool space over the next few days do please let them know that our churches are open daily (with the exception of Bekesbourne) and they all keep relatively cool. People are welcome to visit to sit and read or just enjoy some cool peace and quiet. 


Every blessing





Sunday 10th July

Dear Everyone

It was lovely to have so many people in church this morning for Rev'd Miriam's first Eucharist. 

Here is the link to the service:


We had one or two issues with the sound system this morning so you may need to adjust the sound levels on your device while watching. 

Best wishes


Sunday 3rd July

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well. I have to admit I am still in recovery 3 weeks on from first being unwell with Covid. I am continuing to work reduced hours so that I can rest and hopefully return to full strength soon. 

We had a wonderful day yesterday. The Bridge Village Fete was a huge success and thanks are due to everyone from our churches who contributed and especially to all those who gave so much of their day yesterday to being there. Special thanks to the school PTA and staff, and to Laurence and Evelyn for all their hard work over the last few weeks to help support the PTA with making this happen.  

And as if that wasn't enough.....

Huge congratulations to Rev'd Miriam who was ordained Priest in Canterbury Cathedral in a Service at 5.30pm yesterday. A full Cathedral and a sermon from the Archbishop of Canterbury was a truly uplifting and wonderful way for Miriam to enter this new order of Ministry. Next Sunday (10th July) Miriam will preside at the Eucharist for the first time at St Peter's Bridge at 10am and we have a special guest Preacher who is a friend and colleague of Miriam. Do join us for the service and afterwards for a celebratory Bring and Share lunch at Bridge Village Hall. Please let Evelyn know if you are planning to come and if you can bring a plate of food to share.  

And lastly, here is the link to this morning's Service filmed at St Mary's Nackington with hymns added. 


Have a blessed week. 


Sunday 26th June

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine!

Thank you for all the good wishes, I am feeling much better just suffering a little with post-Covid fatigue which I hope will resolve itself soon. I am going to gradually try and get back to some ministry this week and should be back with you all by the weekend I hope.

Apologies that there isn't an online service for you this week. The weekly sheet is attached though which contains information about everything that is happening this week and crucially next weekend. 

Next Saturday is a busy and important day with the Bridge Fete 12-4pm and then with Miriam's Ordination to the Priesthood at 5.30pm in the Cathedral. 

Please do pray for Miriam and her family this week - she will be going on Ordination Retreat on Wednesday to prepare for her Priesting on Saturday. 

Miriam will then be presiding at her first Eucharist on Sunday 10th July at 10am at St Peter's Bridge after which we will have a bring and share celebration lunch in Bridge Village Hall. If you wish to contribute to a gift for Miriam please speak to your Churchwarden. Evelyn is collecting together a list of contributions for the lunch so please do let her know if you are able to bring a dish to share. 

With my prayers for the week ahead. 


Sunday 19th June


Dear Everyone

There were two services this morning in the Parish, Morning Prayer at St Mary's Nackington led by Daphne and Miriam W and Communion at St Mary's Patrixbourne with Canon Reg presiding. Thank you to all involved!  Unfortunately it was not possible to film either service so there is no online recording for today. 

Also a little reminder about the Parish Giving Scheme - if you haven't yet signed up please do consider doing so.

Every blessing



Sunday 12th June


Dear Everyone

Firstly, apologies that I was not able to film, upload and send round  a link for a service last Sunday but with all the Jubilee events and services it was rather a busy weekend. I hope you were able to enjoy the celebrations and special services either in person, or on the television over the weekend. 

Here is the link to today's service: 

This  morning we launched The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) in the service and in place of the Sermon I gave a talk introducing the Scheme. This is a new service we are switching to in order to be able to collect all regular giving via Direct Debit rather than by standing order. Please watch the video to find out more about why we are doing this and how you can do it. We are asking everyone who gives regularly to our churches to give in this way as it is a much more straightforward way to give to the church and will significantly reduce the burden on our volunteers. 

You can access the Parish Giving scheme online by clicking here:

or by copying this link into your browser. 

Please note, it will take roughly a month for your PGS account to be active. If you already give by standing order, please don't cancel your standing order until the first month of your Parish Giving Scheme Direct Debit. 

If you would like to discuss this with anyone, or if you have any questions, please do feel free to give Evelyn Andrews or myself a call. 

Thank you for your generosity, without your giving we would not be able to sustain the work of ministry here. 

Every blessing


Sunday 29th May

Dear Everyone,

Here is the link to today's service which was filmed at St Mary's Lower Hardres. 

The pew sheet which contains dates and information about various events taking place during the week and next weekend is attached. 

There is a slight change to our services next week with 8am at Nackington and 10am Songs of Praise at Bekesbourne as usual and then a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Jubilee at 11am at Bridge. There will not be an Evensong Service at Lower Hardres. 

Please note there will be no Morning Prayer on Zoom on Wednesday this week as it is half term. 

Have a blessed week and look forward to seeing many of you at the various Jubilee celebrations next weekend.




Sunday 22nd May

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to today's service, filmed this morning at St Peter's Bridge.


Thank you to everyone who came along to the Vision Morning yesterday. We had a great morning of discussion, reflection and prayer. We will produce some notes to share with everyone and circulate them when we can. 


Please find attached the weekly sheet which contains information about forthcoming events and services. 


The Service for Ascension day will take place at Bridge Church at 7pm on Thursday evening. There will not be an online version of this service. 


Lastly please note that our Service on Sunday 29th May (which is the 5th sunday of the month) is at 10am at St Mary's Lower Hardres. Do please come along if you can, there will be plenty of parking available in the field opposite the church.


Have a blessed week.




Sunday 15th May

Dear Everyone

Here is the service link for today's service which was recorded this morning at St Mary's 

 Please note that it is Christian Aid this week - if you would like to attend one of the lunches that Jean Barber is hosting this week please do let her know. 

Lastly, I hope that many of you will be able to join us at Lower Hardres Village Hall on Saturday from 9-11.30am for our 'Vision morning', a chance to talk about our church life together and how we are. 


Best wishes and my prayers for the week ahead.




Sunday 8th May

Dear Everyone

Here is the link for our service which was filmed at St Peter's Bridge this morning


Our weekly sheet is also attached with details of Christian Aid Week and our Vision morning which is taking place on 21st May at Lower Hardres Village Hall 9-11.30am and to which everyone is invited. 

Every blessing



Sunday 1st May

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to our service from this morning, filmed at St Mary's Nackington, with a great sermon from our Curate Rev'd Miriam Hinksman. 

I hope you all have an enjoyable Bank Holiday tomorrow. 

Every blessing