The Bridge Group Parish

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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2020 Christmas Card Winning Design

Congratulations to Seren in year 3 for this years winning design.


 

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 https://givealittle.co/campaigns/50a9529f-4dc5-4e6e-a429-ce51883d637b

Thank you.


 


More Services

Notices


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 24th January 2021

 

Dear Everyone

Well it might feel as though January is the longest month ever but we only have a week to go and then we will be hurtling towards Lent. I am working on some material we can share to help us during Lent and planning again some Zoom small group sessions for anyone who is interested so do watch this space. 

In the weekly sheet please can I draw you attention to the 'Virtual Suggestion box' - I would be pleased to hear from you if you have any thoughts or ideas or would like to volunteer to offer something to our communities during this time. You may have a  better idea than I of what it is that might be helpful or needed.

Here is our service for today:

 

I have heard from so many of you that have received the vaccine which is wonderful news, prayers for you all as we wait for time and the vaccine (and God!) to do their thing.

Every blessing

Estella

 


Sunday 17th January 2021

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well in these wintry days of being at home. 

Here is the link for our service today:

 

The weekly 'Pew Sheet' is also here with readings and other items of news. 

My prayers for you all in the week to come.

Estella

 


Sunday 10th January 2021

Dear Everyone

So once again we find ourselves living the lockdown life, I do hope you are all keeping well and that you have everything you need but if there is anything I can help with please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Here is a link to this morning's 'worship at home' service 

The weekly sheet is also attached here with the readings and other updates for today. 

And finally.......just a reminder that although we are not able to gather for worship in person, our bills do still have to be paid. Usually we see a substantial increase in our collections during December and over the Christmas period but with no services able to take place we are facing a shortfall. We know that many people have been hampered financially by the pandemic and the economic situation that has been caused but if you are able to help, you can do so either by popping a cheque through the Vicarage door or online at:  https://givealittle.co/campaigns/50a9529f-4dc5-4e6e-a429-ce51883d637b  Every little helps as they say, and thank you, your support in this way is greatly appreciated.

 

My prayers continue for us all, keep safe, keep well and God bless

Estella

 


Wednesday 6th January 2021

Dear Everyone

Although we celebrated Epiphany in our service on Sunday it is right too that we ark and remember today 6th January is the day of the Epiphany Feast and I read this reflection this morning so thought I would share it with you.

 

  Reflection for the Epiphany of the Lord from Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate 

In the Book of Genesis, we hear these dramatic words from God, ‘Let there be light.’ (1.3). In John’s gospel, Jesus describes himself with these equally profound words, ‘I am the light of the world.’ (8.12). 

At the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord we celebrate the great festival of light. As the church, we remember and celebrate that Jesus, who was born in the darkness of night in an animal shed, is the light of and for the world. The word ‘epiphany’ means to make known or to reveal. The angels made known and revealed to the shepherds the joy of the birth of Jesus. In the same way, the star led these strangers from the East and revealed the same Jesus to them. 

Traditionally, we believe that the shepherds did not stay at the stable after seeing Jesus, Mary and Joseph; they left glorifying and praising God. They left filled with the good news of this wondrous child. Just as the angels had proclaimed the good news to them, the shepherds in their turn shared their good news with others. 

In the same way, the visitors from the east, after they had given Jesus their gifts, also left the stable. They didn’t stay there either. We are only told that they did not go back to Herod but went home another way. We can only assume that they too told everyone what they had seen and heard in that small stable in Bethlehem. 

As we look upon the crib, we cannot stay there. Like the shepherds and the magi, we too are called to move away and take the light of Jesus with us. We are asked not only to admire the light, but to be people of light. As Jesus himself tells us, ‘you are the light of the world and your light must shine.’ The light of the Epiphany is given to us as a gift, but we cannot keep it to or for ourselves. Through the quality of our daily lives and how we treat each other, we are called to make our families, homes, communities and the wider world a better and brighter place for all people, especially the poor and the marginalised. 

So may Christ the Light and the Light of Christ fill all our homes, families and our communities this day and always.  

Yours in Christ

Estella

 


Sunday 3rd January 2021

Dear Everyone

Happy New Year.......it feels strange to say it at a time when we perhaps are feeling a bit dismal. I don't think we thought we would still be living with Covid restrictions in 2021. However there is bold hope on the horizon as the vaccine begins to roll out and so we may dare to look forward to being able to worship and socialise together at some point in the year to come.

In the meantime we continue online. Here is a link to our service for today;

 

The weekly sheet is here. This week as we return from the Christmas break, the PCC are meeting on Wednesday evening via Zoom. If you have any matters to bring to our attention please let myself or Rory Wetherell know.

with my prayers and blessings

Estella

 


Sunday 27th December

Dear Everyone

A continuing 'Happy Christmas' to you all. I do hope wherever you are that you have been able to find some joys among the challenges of a Christmas spent in Tier 4.

Here is a link to a short service for today which I hope you will enjoy

 

Here is the weekly sheet with all the news from around the Parish for today and the coming week.

 

With my prayers and blessings

Estella

 


Thursday 24th December

 

Dear Everyone

Well it really is almost here! There are two opportunities for Christmas worship tomorrow:

Youtube Service of Reflection

https://youtu.be/6KYkraNNB0c

(Please note this link won't work until tomorrow morning)

Parish Carol Service

In case you missed it - here is the link to our Parish Carol Service

https://youtu.be/PrcShYuwP00

All that remains is for me to wish you all as happy and peaceful a Christmas as possible, and prayers for a hopeful happy new year.

With my prayers and blessings

Estella


 

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

 

Dear Everyone

A day earlier than promised here is the link to our Carol Service. This is the service we held in each of our five churches over the last couple of weekends, so you will see different parts of the services from the different churches. The positioning of the camera was largely determined by where it would be 'covid safe' to film from, so apologies for some 'backs of heads'! Phil attended 4 out of 5 of the services for 'camera manning' purposes.

 

Our thanks are due to Jean Barber, Gerard Ahern, members of the choir, churchwardens and those who read for enabling these services to go ahead.

Hopefully you will feel a little bit Christmassy viewing this!

Every blessing

Estella


Tuesday 22nd December 2020

 

Dear Everyone

I am very sorry to say that due to Tier 4 we have reluctantly decided to cancel services this week and until further notice.

We will be putting out an online carol service to watch at any time on YouTube and also hosting a Zoom Christmas Carol Singalong on Christmas Morning at 10am. 

If you would like to receive the Zoom link for Christmas morning please let me know. 

Best wishes

Estella


Sunday 20th December 2020- 4th Sunday of Advent

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well in these confusing times.

Here is the link for our service this morning: 

 

The weekly sheet is here.

You might also like to look at this Youtube video which fits with the theme of our service this morning:https://youtu.be/_c4xMulpoMU

Our Advent group meets on Zoom at 11.30 this morning - please do get in touch if you would like the link for this. Thoe who have been attending please use the same link as before.

At present we plan to go ahead with our Carol Service at Bridge at 4pm today. Gathered Worship under Covid Safe regulation is still permitted in Tiert 4. Every care has been taken to ensure socially distanced seating and masks are worn by the congregation throughout. The service is fully booked to our Covid capacity but we do understand that some people will choose not to attend in the light of the new Government advice. The Carol Services that have taken place around the churches of the Parish have been beautiful and enjoyed by the small numbers of people who have been able to attend. An online version of this Carol Service will be available by Christmas Eve. Huge thanks are due to Jean Barber, Gerard Ahern and those who have sung in our little distanced choirs for these services.

We will wait for further guidance before making a final decision about whether to go ahead with our services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There will be no in person services on 27th December or 3rd January and we will wait to see how things are before decidng whether to resume in person services during the remainder of January. 

If the new restrictions have caused you any distress or left you alone or without provision for Christmas please do get in touch and we will help if we possibly can - 01227 206272.

 

Every blessing

Estella

 


Sunday 13th December - 3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Dear Everyone

Well in spite of all the challenges and difficulties of our current time, yesterday afternoon we were able to hold the first of our socially distanced Carol Services in a beautifully decorated St Mary's Church, Lower Hardres. With a  masked, socially distanced congregation of 12 and a small but perfectly formed socially distanced choir leading us through the Christmas story in song. It was a beautiful moment to remember the constancy of God and the truth of the Incarnation. I am looking forward to (hopefully) leading 4 more services in the same way in each of our communities. If you haven't yet booked a place and would like to please email bgpChristmas2020@gmail.com. We are recording the carol services and will edit these into our Christmas online services which will be sent out on Christmas Eve.

Here is the link for this morning's service: 

The weekly sheet is here. 

Advent Groups continue to meet on Zoom on Sundays (11.30) and Wednesdays (4.30) to please email me if you would like the link to be able to join, and we are meeting on Zoom for Morning Prayer on Fridays 9-9.30am using the recurring link set previously. Let me know if you would like to receive it again. 

With my prayers and blessings for the week ahead.

Estella

 


Sunday 6th December- 2nd Sunday of Advent

Dear Everyone

This afternoon as we returned from walking the dog we saw Bridge begin to light up as the Village Christmas Trees are up and lit - what a wonderful job Mark and the team have done getting this organised this year - it really does feel like Christmas is on its way. 

Forthcoming Services

We have decided to continue to suspend Sunday Communion Services for the time being. However we note that virus numbers in our area are beginning to come down again which is great news. We do hope to be able to hold our planned Carol Services and Christmas Services - please book your places as soon as possible. Numbers are limited and we would hate for anyone to be disappointed. Details are in the weekly sheet attached and places must be booked by emailing BGPChristmas2020@gmail.com.

Today's Service

Here is the link for today's service. 

The St Martin's Voices sing different words to O Come O Come Emmanuel from those I am used to but perhaps you are more familiar with them. The weekly sheet is here.

Advent Groups on Zoom

Even if you missed the first one last week you are still welcome to join our Advent groups online - today at 11.30 or Wednesday at 4.30pm - please email me if you would like the Zoom link to attend either group.

The bit at the end...

As the temperatures drop I am given cause to wonder, What do Snowmen do at the weekend? Apparently they 'chill out'!

Have a blessed week everybody.

Estella

 

 


Safeguarding 

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: estellalast@gmail.com

Safeguarding Officer: Rosemary Whatley via the office on 01227 206272 email: bridgeoffice23@gmail.com

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:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/diocesan-safeguarding-contacts