The Bridge Group Parish


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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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Service details and readings for June 2022




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Church Service

5th June

Pentecost / Whit Sunday / Jubilee weekend


Acts 2.1-21; Psalm 104.24-34,35b; Romans 8.14-17;

John 14.8-17,(25-27)

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne


11am Jubilee Service at Bridge Church


12th June

Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8.1-4,22-31; Romans 5.1-5; 

John 16.12-15


10 am Communion at St Peter’s Bridge


Saturday 18th  June




4-6pm Messy Church at Bridge School

(with hot meal)


19th June


1st Sunday after Trinity

Isaiah 65.1-9; Galatians 3.23-29; 
Luke 8.26-39

9.30am Morning Prayer at St Mary’s Nackington


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


26th June


2nd Sunday after Trinity


1 Kings 19.15-16,19-21;  Galatians 5.1,13-25; 

Luke 9.51-62

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge


4pm Family Service St Peter’s Bridge



3rd July

3rd Sunday after Trinity


Isaiah 66.10-14; Psalm 66.1-9; Galatians 6.(1-6),7-16; Luke 10.1-11,16-20

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington


10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne


6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Lower Hardres





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

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.

More Services


Sunday 29th May


Dear Everyone,

Here is the link to today's service which was filmed at St Mary's Lower Hardres. 

The pew sheet which contains dates and information about various events taking place during the week and next weekend is attached. 

There is a slight change to our services next week with 8am at Nackington and 10am Songs of Praise at Bekesbourne as usual and then a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Jubilee at 11am at Bridge. There will not be an Evensong Service at Lower Hardres. 

Please note there will be no Morning Prayer on Zoom on Wednesday this week as it is half term. 

Have a blessed week and look forward to seeing many of you at the various Jubilee celebrations next weekend.




Sunday 22nd May

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to today's service, filmed this morning at St Peter's Bridge.


Thank you to everyone who came along to the Vision Morning yesterday. We had a great morning of discussion, reflection and prayer. We will produce some notes to share with everyone and circulate them when we can. 


Please find attached the weekly sheet which contains information about forthcoming events and services. 


The Service for Ascension day will take place at Bridge Church at 7pm on Thursday evening. There will not be an online version of this service. 


Lastly please note that our Service on Sunday 29th May (which is the 5th sunday of the month) is at 10am at St Mary's Lower Hardres. Do please come along if you can, there will be plenty of parking available in the field opposite the church.


Have a blessed week.




Sunday 15th May

Dear Everyone

Here is the service link for today's service which was recorded this morning at St Mary's 

 Please note that it is Christian Aid this week - if you would like to attend one of the lunches that Jean Barber is hosting this week please do let her know. 

Lastly, I hope that many of you will be able to join us at Lower Hardres Village Hall on Saturday from 9-11.30am for our 'Vision morning', a chance to talk about our church life together and how we are. 


Best wishes and my prayers for the week ahead.




Sunday 8th May

Dear Everyone

Here is the link for our service which was filmed at St Peter's Bridge this morning


Our weekly sheet is also attached with details of Christian Aid Week and our Vision morning which is taking place on 21st May at Lower Hardres Village Hall 9-11.30am and to which everyone is invited. 

Every blessing



Sunday 1st May

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to our service from this morning, filmed at St Mary's Nackington, with a great sermon from our Curate Rev'd Miriam Hinksman. 

I hope you all have an enjoyable Bank Holiday tomorrow. 

Every blessing



Sunday 24th April

Dear Everyone

Happy Easter again! We continue in Easter season with our worship from St Mary's Patrixbourne this morning with lovely Easter hymns and many Alleluias!

Please remember we have our Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening at 7pm at Bridge School. The Annual Report will be sent out in the  next day or so. 

Also next week we have our monthly Choral Evensong service at 6pm at St Mary's Lower Hardres which, I commend to you as it is a very beautiful service. 

With my prayers for you all this week


Sunday 17th April Easter Sunday 2022

Dear Everyone

At last we can say Happy Easter!

We had joyful services in full churches this morning at Nackington, Bekesbourne and Bridge. 

Here is a link to the service we filmed at Bridge.


Next week you can join us at 10am at St Mary's Patrixbourne for Easter 2!

The Archbishop preached a great sermon for the service at the Cathedral this morning which you can find here if you are interested:

(Scroll down to find this morning's service).

Attached is our weekly sheet with details of services and other events taking place in the next week or two. 


Have a blessed Easter Sunday.

Yours in Christ



Sunday 10th April 2022 Palm Sunday

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to our service filmed this week in Bridge.

We are hugely grateful to Joy for bringing Banks to lead us this morning and to the team members who helped make sure everything ran smoothly this morning.

Please also find attached the weekly sheet which contains the readings and details of the services that will be taking place this week in the Parish. We very much look forward to seeing you at our services during this Holy Week and especially next Sunday when for the first time after a two year break we will be able to joyfully celebrate Easter together.

If you are away over the Easter Weekend, you can join us the following week at Patrixbourne - we will still very much be in Easter celebration mode! 

Prayers for a blessed Holy Week and a very happy Easter celebration when it comes. 

Estella and all the team

Rev. Estella Last

Sunday 3rd April

Dear Everyone

Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who helped with, baked cake for or attended our event for the Ukraine yesterday. I am sure you will be pleased to know that we raised £900 which we will send directly to the DEC campaign for Ukraine. In addition our PCC Secretary Rory Wetherell updated us about the process involved with possibly hosting Ukrainian refugees and has registered us as a Faith Organisation. 

Before I go 'offline' for a couple of days on Retreat, here is a link for our Service of Choral Evensong which we filmed at St Mary's Lower Hardres last night.

The weekly sheet is here This is a quiet week in the Parish but please note the special services for Holy Week and Easter. The team work hard to put these services together to enable our Parish to travel the journey towards resurrection and the celebration of Easter and it is the first time that we will have been able to mark these events together in person since the start of the Pandemic.

Morning Prayer will be said as usual this week on zoom at 9am on Wednesday and the link will be sent out on Wednesday morning. 

I will be praying for you and for our Parish while I am away at Clare Priory.

Best wishes


Sunday 27th March 2022 Mothering Sunday

Dear Everyone

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


Please note that there is no 10am Songs of Praise Service at Bekesbourne next Sunday as this was transferred to today for Mothering Sunday. There is no advertised 10am Service in the Parish next week. Holy Communion is at 8am at St Mary's Nackington and Choral Evensong is at 6pm at St Mary's Lower Hardres. However, I will be saying Morning Prayer at 10am at St Peter's Bridge and anyone who wishes to is welcome to join me. 

We have two significant events next weekend: 

The Coffee, Cake and Concert at St Peter's Bridge at 10.15am on Saturday at St Peter's Bridge - the proceeds from which will go towards the new extension at St Mary's Patrixbourne.

The Tea and Cake fundraising event for the people of the Ukraine taking place from 2.30-4.30pm on Sunday afternoon at Bridge Village Hall (further details to follow in a separate email). Donations of cakes and offers of help appreciated. 

I am out of the office on Monday and Tuesday on some Clergy training but will monitor messages and respond to any urgent matters.

Have a blessed week.

Best wishes


Sunday 20th March 2022

Dear Everyone

Here is the link for today's service filmed at St Mary's Patrixbourne this morning. 

Also attached is the weekly sheet which contains some important information and dates for your diaries. 

We are looking forward to our Family Service at St Peter's Bridge at 4pm this afternoon, suitable for all ages, do join us if you can.

Love and prayers


Sunday 13th March 


Dear Everyone

Here is the link for this morning's service


with apologies - for some reason the camera cut off part way through the service but the first half is well worth a watch!

Please also find attached our weekly sheet which contains further news and updates and some important dates for your diaries. 

Please also note that the Church Electoral Roll is now open for revision, if you would like to be added or have your information updated please contact your churchwarden.


Every blessing




Sunday 6th March
Dear Everyone

Apologies for the delay today, here is the recording of this morning's service at Bekesbourne. 


The weekly sheet is also here which contains details of our Lent talks which begin this week on Thursday at St Peter's Bridge. Do come along if you are able to and if you haven't yet picked up a copy of the Lent booklet we are using 'Live Lent, Embracing Justice' you will be able to collect one on Thursday. 


We continue to hold the people of the Ukraine in our prayers and our churches mostly remain open during the day for people to pop in and pray if they would like to. 


With my prayers and best wishes




Sunday 27th February 2022
Dear Everyone

Here is the link for our service this morning which was filmed at St Peter's Bridge. 

Best wishes




Sunday 20th February 2022
Dear Everyone

Here is the link for our service from this morning filmed at St Mary's Patrixbourne. 

The weekly sheet  contains some important information. Also below are the details of our Lent Talks - please put the dates in your diaries and join us for some of the sessions if you can. 

Best wishes



Sunday 13th February 2022

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to our service filmed earlier today at St Peter's Bridge: 

The weekly sheet is here and it contains several important notices so please do have a read when you have a moment. 

Best wishes

Sunday 6th February 2022

Dear Everyone

Well in spite of the slightly turbulent and chilly weather we have had some enjoyable time together in our churches this weekend. With our 8am and 10am Services this morning at Nackington and Bekesbourne respectively and yesterday with a wonderful Coffee Cake and concert at Bridge Church during which Andrea shared with us about the ministry of Pilgrimage and the work we are proposing and fundraising for in order to provide facilities for pilgrims (and all of us!) at St Mary's Patrixbourne. 

I obviously had Patrixbourne on the brain as you will see there is an error on the title screen for our Service video from this morning which was filmed at St Mary's Nackington, not St Mary's Patrixbourne as stated - my apologies!


This evening we will enjoy Choral Evensong at St Mary's Lower Hardres, do join us at 6pm if you can, the choir have worked hard on some special music to sing as we mark Candlemas, which was just a few days ago. 

As well as the usual weekly sheet which is here, I attach a couple of photos that Miriam W has sent from Kenya, please do continue to keep Mririam in your prayers this week - we will look forward to hearing about her visit on her return. 

One last request, as in previous years we are hoping to purchase small Lent booklets with daily readings for everyone. If you felt you could contribute to the cost of these please either donate using the link below or pop an envelope through the Vicarage door - thank you. 

With my prayers for the week ahead