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.

Upcoming Services

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Parish Diary

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

Upcoming Services

Service details and readings for April 2024

31st March

Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43; Corinthians 15.1-11; 

Mark 16.1-8

8am Communion St Mary’s Nackington


10am Parish Communion

St Mary’s Lower Hardres


7th April

2nd Sunday of Easter

Acts 4.32-35; Psalm 133;
1 John 1.1-2.2; John 20.19-31

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise Easter Celebration with Communion and Easter Egg Hunt St Peter’s Bekesbourne


6pm Choral Evensong (Come and Sing from 4pm) St Peter’s Bridge


14th April

3rd Sunday of Easter


Acts 3.12-19; Luke 24.36b-48


10 am Communion at St Peter’s Bridge


21st April

4th Sunday of Easter

Acts 4.5-12;  John 10.11-18

9.30 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


28th April

5th Sunday of Easter


Acts 8.26-40; John 15.1-8


10am Communion at St Mary’s Lower Hardres


5th May (BH Weekend)

6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 10.44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5.1-6; John 15.9-17

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne


6pm Choral Evensong (Come and Sing from 4pm) 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


Our churches rely heavily on donations made each week via our collections and through our regular giving. You can set up a regular payment through our Parish Giving Scheme.


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

Thank you. 




More Services


Your Church in your village – how you can get involved

On 24th April at our Annual Meeting we will share our Annual Report for the Year 2023 and think about the future of our Church community. There are a number of vacancies on the PCC and some churchwarden vacancies too. If you would like to know more about what being on the PCC involves please speak to Rev’d Estella or Rev’d Miriam.


Dates for your Diaries

Thursday 25 April 7pm  An entertaining talk "Gardens Great & Small" by Dick Bolton at Parsonage Barn, Nackington, all proceeds in aid of the St Mary's Nackington. Refreshments! 

Saturday 11th May 10.30am Canterbury Cathedral Service of Celebration marking the 30th Anniversary of the ordination of Women Priests in canterbury Cathedral. Rev’d Estella is preaching at this service. This service is open to anyone who would like to attend and there will be tea and cake after the service – please register your attendance here

12-18th May Christian Aid Week Please look out for notices about fundraising events, activities and envelopes and support it you can. If you can help with planning, organising or delivering please let Jean Barber know as soon as possible.

Friday 17th May 7.30pm Wine and Wisdom at Bekesbourne Village Hall organised by the Friends of Bekesbourne Church. Tickets £5 Bring your own drinks and nibbles.


Going ‘Contactless’ – Can you help?
We have just found out that we have been successful in an application to benefit from a Diocesan Scheme providing devices for churches to receive contactless donations. We already have a device that works in St Peter’s Bridge but the new device we will get through this grant application will work in any of our churches as it does not require wifi or a data signal. We now need some people to attend training in the use of the device so that we can make this available on Sundays and at weddings, funerals and baptisms. If you can help please get in touch with Estella and she will let you have the details for the training.


Revision of Electoral Roll

The Electoral roll of The Bridge Group Parish will be revised between Sunday 24th March and Sunday 7th April. Anyone wishing to be added or removed from the roll should speak to their churchwarden for a form. After the revision, a copy of the Roll will be published by the Parochial Church Council in each Church for at least 14 days and a copy of the Roll will be available for inspection on a reasonable request being made to the Council.



Prior to Christmas, everyone has been generously giving to Foodbank. During January donations tend to drop off a bit - just when demand increases. Please continue to give what you can throughout January (and 2024) . Any donations of (in date - 3months hence) of tins/packets/toiletries etc can be left in the Foodbank Bins in both St. Peter's Bridge or St. Mary's Patrixbourne.