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

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Service details and readings for May 2024

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)


Saturday 11th May



4-6pm Messy Church at Bridge School


Thursday 9th May

Ascension Day

Daniel 7:9-14

Acts 1:1-11

Luke 24: 44-end


10am Holy Communion for Ascension at St Mary’s Nackington

12th May

Christian Aid Week

7th Sunday of Easter / Sunday after Ascension

Acts 1.15-17,21-26;

John 5.9-13; John 17.6-19

10 am Communion at St Peter’s Bridge


19th May


Acts 2.1-21; Ezekiel 37.1-14;

Romans 8:22-27;

John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15

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


26th May (BH Weekend)

Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6.1-8; Romans 8.12-17;

John 3.1-17


10am Communion at St Mary’s Lower Hardres


2nd June

1st Sunday after Trinity


1 Samuel 3.1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139.1-6,13-18; 2 Corinthians 4.5-12;

Mark 2.23 - 3.6


8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne


6pm Choral Evensong (Come and Sing from 4pm



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. 




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Dates for your Diaries

Saturday 11th May 10am-2pm Annual Eco Fayre at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Canterbury.  This is the largest ever Eco Fayre in Canterbury with 17 stallholders showcasing their care for the environment, including our own Eco Church Group and Canterbury Christian Aid Group. Free entry. Refreshments available. Please come and show your support

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

Saturday 11th May 2pm-4pm Bell Ringing Open Afternoon at St Peter’s Bekesbourne. All faiths welcome, under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult. For more information call David 07860323622/ Gill 07729 123132

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 2.30pm-4.30pm Bridge and Patrixbourne WI 105th Birthday Tea Party at The Red Lion. £4 per adult, £1 per child

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.