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 

Service details and readings for January 2022

No need to book, but mask wearing and social distancing may still be necessary depending on local circumstances


Known as


Church Service

30th January

Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

Malachi 3:1-5

Hebrews 2:14-end

Luke 2:22-40

10am Communion Service at St Peter’s Bekesbourne



Service details and readings for February 2022



Known as


Church Service

6th February

4th Sunday before Lent

Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-end]

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Luke 5:1-11





Malachi 3:1-5

Hebrews 2:14-end

Luke 2:22-40

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne


6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Lower Hardres


13th February



3rd Sunday before Lent

Jeremiah 17.5-10;

1 Corinthians 15.12-20; 

Luke 6.17-26

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge


20th February




2nd Sunday before Lent

Genesis 2:4b-9,15-end;

Revelation 4;

Luke 8:22-25

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


4pm Family Service at St Peter’s Bridge

27th February


Next before Lent

Exodus 34.29-35;

2 Corinthians 3.12-4.2; 

Luke 9.28-36,(37-43a)

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge


2nd March


Ash Wednesday


7pm St Peter’s Bridge
Holy Communion with imposition of Ashes

4th March

(Women’s) World Day of Prayer

Theme: ‘I know the plans I have for you’

10am St Peter’s Bridge

6th March


1st Sunday of Lent

Deuteronomy 26.1-11;

Romans 10.8b-13;

Luke 4.1-13




Psalm 119:73-88

Jonah 3

Luke 18:9-14

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne


6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Lower Hardres

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.



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

Sunday 23rd January

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to the service from today which was filmed at St Peter's Bridge


The weekly sheet is also here, it contains some diary dates and information about fundraising for the reordering project at St Mary's Patrixbourne so do take a look. 

Best wishes


Sunday 9th January

Dear Everyone

It was lovely to see so many at Church in Bridge this morning. For anyone who wasn't able to attend here is the link to this morning's service:


The weekly sheet is also here with notices and diary dates for your reference.

Today's most important announcement is that the auction to raise money for the new Facilities and Extension at St Mary's Patrixbourne is now open! There are lots of lovely items for you to bid on to raise funds to help us get this exciting project off the ground. All the details are here: 

You are invited to join our Online Charity Auction in aid of St. Mary’s Patrixbourne. We are raising funds for the planned extension at this historic church. The aim is to improve the facilities for the many visitors, pilgrims and local community by installing a small kitchen, toilet and shower. The auction will run for 3 weeks from 9th - 30th January.

Many, many thanks and please feel free to circulate this to any other friends, families or interested groups who might enjoy some of the items whilst adding their support.

This has been organised by Sarah Wetherell on behalf of The Bridge Group Parish.



Every blessing


Sunday 2nd January

Dear Everyone

Happy New Year! I hope and pray that despite all the challenges of our times you have found ways to celebrate this Christmas season and to look forward in hope to the year to come. 

Here is the link for our service today which was the Epiphany Songs of Praise Service filmed at St Peter's Bekesbourne. 

The Pew Sheet containing the readings and other notices is also here


Best wishes



Saturday 25th December

Dear Everyone

Here is the link for our Online Christmas Service, the Carol Service which was filmed at Bridge last week.


If we don't see you at services over the next day or two we are sending you all love and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.


Rev'd Estella, Rev'd Miriam , Margaret and Miriam


Sunday 19th December

Dear Everyone

Attached is this week's weekly sheet. Please note that there are some significant changes to our plans for worship in the coming week and over Christmas which are detailed in the sheet attached. In an effort to keep as many services as we can we have moved some services outside and for others we have (regrettably) introduced the requirement to book so that we can keep a careful eye on numbers. Sadly one or two things have been cancelled.

If circumstances change, the Government introduces new measures or one of the team tests positive we may have to think again so please do keep an eye out for posters, emails and social media posts which will advise of any further changes. 

Many thanks for your patience, I hope you all have a peaceful and blessed week. 

Best wishes



Sunday 12th December

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



Have a blessed week



Sunday 5th December

Dear Everyone,

Here is the link to the Advent Carol Service which took place at St Mary's Lower Hardres this evening. 

Very best wishes





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 at the bottom of the page.

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