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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
St Peter’s Bekesbourne
St Mary’s Patrixbourne
St Mary’s Nackington
St Mary’s Lower Hardres
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.
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 https://givealittle.co/campaigns/50a9529f-4dc5-4e6e-a429-ce51883d637b
The churches of The Bridge Group will be open for private prayer and candle lighting following their current opening schedule.
Sunday 11th April 2021- 2nd Sunday of Easter
Sunday 4th April 2021- Easter Sunday
And a shorter family friendly version more suitable for sharing with children is here:
Weekly Sheet is here.
In addition, if you would like to join me online via Zoom for Communion this morning this will take place at 10am - please email for details.
However you celebrate today may you be richly blessed with the knowledge of God's love, the joy of the Resurrection and the hope that we share in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Friday 2nd April 2021 - Good Friday
The collect for today, Good Friday, reads:
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Today we would usually spend time in contemplation of the cross and journey Christ made to it. Today St Mary's Nackington and St Peter's Bridge are both open if you wish to be in church for a moment of quiet reflection.
In Bridge Church we have set up a guided prayer walk which we hope will enable you to connect with the vastness of God and his love for you. When you visit please observe the now well established practices of mask wearing, hand sanitising and maintaining physical distancing from others who may be in the building at the same time.
If you would like to join with online services for Good Friday, Canterbury Cathedral is offering services at 9.30am, 12 noon and 5.30pm - you can find the links to watch here:
Please be assured of my continuing prayers.
Thursday 1st April 2021- Maundy Thursday
Sunday 28th March 2021 - Palm Sunday
I hope you are all keeping well, I can hardly believe that we have already reached Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week.
Here is the link for our main service this morning which as well as celebrating Palm Sunday contains a reading of the Passion Gospel. Huge thanks to the brave 6 church members who undertook to read this for us.
There is an alternative choice for worship today - our Family Service for Palm Sunday s just 15 minutes long with a more choice of music and can be viewed here:
Lastly here is the weekly sheet which contains our schedule for worship during Holy Week and Easter. Please note those of you receiving this email from me directly do not need to contact me for the Zoom service links as I will send these to you all automatically during the week.
As we enter this Holy Week and prepare for the celebration of Easter to come I pray you are able to find time to connect with the truth of the Gospel, that God so loved the world that he sent his only Son......
Sunday 21st March 2021
Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to write such kind messages of support following my sermon at the Cathedral last Sunday. It was such a privilege to have been asked and I really enjoyed being there - that so many of you watched it and found it helpful was good to know. I will say though it was very strange to be preaching to an empty Nave!
Here is our service for this week, which I filmed in St Mary's Lower Hardres - the lighting is a bit variable and apologies for the slight camera angle - it was straight when I set it but obviously slipped a bit after I had left it recording. The perils of virtual church!
This week our churches will be open on Tuesday for the National Day of Reflection and on Wednesday we will have our final Lent Group session on Zoom at 4.15 - do get in touch if you would like the link.
All other news is in the weekly sheet - here..
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and there may be a special guest in our service - watch this space!
Sunday 14th March 2021 Mothering Sunday
God our Father,
your Son Jesus Christ lived in a family in Nazareth:
Grant that in our families on earth
we may so learn to love and to live together
that we may rejoice as one family in your heavenly home;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Sunday 7th March 2021
Good morning All
I hope you were able to enjoy the lovely sunshine yesterday. We went for a long walk and were delighted to see lambs in Bourne Park.
Here is our service for today, Sunday 7th March, the 3rd Sunday in Lent.
Next week please join the service in the Cathedral here https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/#eucharist as I will be preaching there.
Lent Group Update
We have decided to amalgamate out two Lent groups so this week is the last week that there will be a Sunday group - after this week there will be one group meeting on a Wednesday.
There are lots of updates for you in our weekly sheet which is here .
With my prayers and blessings
Sunday 28th February 2021
I hope you are all keeping well. The government's roadmap announced on Monday and the continuing roll out of the Covid vaccine gives us all hope for being able to be together again soon and this coupled with the lovely Spring-like weather Ithink has given us all a boost this week
Here is the link to our service this morning:
The weekly sheet is here.
If you would like to join the sunday Lent Group at 10.30am this morning please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
The churchwardens and the PCC are meeting on Wednesday to begin to think about our own 'Roadmap' for reopening so watch this space.
Have a blessed week.
Sunday 21st February 2021
I hope you have all had a good week and enjoyed worshipping elsewhere last week. We enjoyed the snow! (and I confess I enjoyed a bit of time away from my computer and Parish matters).
Here is the link for our service this morning on this the 1st Sunday of Lent:
Our Lent Groups start today, the first group will be meeting on zoom at 10.30 this morning - if you would like to join this group please email me for the link. There is a second group running at 4pm on Wednesdays starting this week. If you would like to join this group again please email me for the link.
The weekly sheet is here. If you have any items of news or anything you would like to share please do let me know. Please do note that the next two weeks are 'Fairtrade fortnight' and we would usually have Fairtrade items for sale in Church after our services. Sadly this is not possible at the moment but the weekly sheet contains some links and other suggestions.
Sunday 14th February 2021
Sunday 7th February 2021
As January rolls on into February and I hear of more people receiving the Covid Vaccine I am hopeful that the time will soon come when we can gather for worship again in some way. We are also looking into Broadband and Live Streaming options so that we can continue to offer something online each week even when we are back in the building. If anyone has any expertise in this area and would like to help with this project please do get in touch - we could do with a small team to help take this forward.
Here is a link to our service for this morning:
Please note that as next week is half term I am taking a few days leave so will not be recording a service for Sunday 14th February.
You can join the Cathedral Live for their 10.30am Eucharist by following this link:
Or you could join our Friends in the Littlebourne Benefice here:
Or our friends in Barham here:
The weekly sheet contains details of our Service for Ash Wednesday and for Lent groups which will be running from 21st February. Do let me know if you would like the link to join one of the groups on Zoom.
My prayers will continue for you all.
Sunday 31st January 2021
It was lovely to see so many of your smiling faces at our Celebration Service yesterday afternoon, Thank you for all your prayers, encouragement and good wishes. It was lovely to have something positive and uplifting to enjoy together.
Here is the link for our service today and the weekly sheet is https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 31.01.21.pdf .
As January comes to an end I hope we shall see some more signs of Spring in the coming weeks. I will be in touch soon about our plans for Lent and Easter but do let me know if you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback you would like to share.
Lastly please pray for your PCC and churchwardens who are meeting this week.
with love and prayers
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Safeguarding Officer: Rosemary Whatley via the office on 01227 206272 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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