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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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.

 

On the Nail

As we are unable to deliver the parish magazine at the moment we have made June's edition available as a pdf here for anyone that would like to see it. There is lots of news from our local groups as to how they have adapted to cope with the lockdown.

We will aim to publish the magazine in this way until we are able to resume deliveries.



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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 Governement  here


Parish Response to Covid-19

Please see below for the most recent information about events and services in our Parish


Sunday 12th July 2020

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well and managing perhaps to get out and about a bit more. I don't know about you but I've become very accustomed to being at home!
Here is the link for this morning's service  https://youtu.be/tx7EFTn9_Gc 
The weekly sheet containing the readings and details of when our churches will be open for personal prayer / quiet time is also here https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 12.7.20.pdf 
Please do let me know if there is anything I can help with, I can make appointments for socially distanced visits or prayer time so do give me a ring if this is something you would like.

 

Best wishes

Estella


Sunday 5th July 2020

Dear All

 

Here is a link to this morning's service  https://youtu.be/Hcc_uSDn99Y

The weekly sheet is here containing readings and a notice about the progress towards reopening our churches. https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 05.7.20.pdf


As you may well be aware our finances are suffering at this time when we cannot hold services and fundraising events. If you would like to make a donation to the Church you can do this by following this link: https://givealittle.co/campaigns/50a9529f-4dc5-4e6e-a429-ce51883d637b 

Thank you for your continued support. Please do get in touch if there is anything we can help with.

Yours in Christ

Estella


Sunday 28th June 2020

Dear Everyone

I hope you have had a good week and are keeping well. Exciting news this week as the Prime Minister has said that churches may reopen for services from 4th July. We are waiting for guidance on this from the Government and Church of England but Churchwardens and PCCs are meeting this week to begin to plan towards some sort of reopening so watch this space! 

Here is our service for today, Sunday 28th June (which will be viewable from the time you receive this email) - with, I am pleased to say, a sermon from the Bishop of Dover. https://youtu.be/qZQB9u41U0M

The weekly sheet with today's readings and news from the villages is here https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 28.6.20.pdf.

If you have anything to contribute to our regular weekly sheet please do let us know via bridgeoffice23@gmail.com

At 5pm this evening we will have a live service, via Zoom, of Evensong for St Peter, as two of our churches are dedicated to him. If you would like to have the link to this please email estellalast@gmail.com

Do keep in touch as it is lovely to hear your news.

Every blessing

Estella


Sunday 21st June 2020

Here is the link to today's service: https://youtu.be/UKGAKTP8ciA

The accompanying sheet is here:https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 21.6.20.pdf

 


Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well and finding some new joy in some of the lifted restrictions from this week. 

Last Sunday we enjoyed (with some small technical glitches!) Evensong together via Zoom and we plan to do this again for St Peter on 28th June as a Patronal Celebration for our two churches dedicated to him - everyone is welcome and details of how to join will be sent out nearer the time.

Here is the service link for today:http:// https://youtu.be/dY1vt6gZX40 

The weekly sheet containing the readings is herehttps://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 14.6.20.pdf

If you would like to make a financial contribution to the churches of the Bridge Group please follow this link to our giving page https://givealittle.co/campaigns/50a9529f-4dc5-4e6e-a429-ce51883d637b   

My very best wishes to you all

Estella


Update on re-opening our church buildings

Friday 12th June 2020

Following the Government's announcement that churches may open for individual prayer from Monday 15th June the churchwardens have considered the risk assessment, the facilities needed in order to do this safely, the limitations of this provision and the risk categories of our regular volunteers who would be involved in this work. We have determined that it feels too soon to open our buildings particularly given the very limited way in which it might be possible (if at all). Please note this would only have allowed us to open small areas of the building for individuals to enter for private prayer during specific times of the day / week and does not yet allow opening for any general visiting or 'popping in'. We will keep this under review and open as soon as we can do so in a way that will benefit each of our communities. Thank you for your patience and understanding


Sunday 7th June 2020

Dear Everyone,

As another week in these strange times passes by I hope you are all keeping well. A welcome change in the weather - at least for those praying for rain!

Here is the link for this morning's online service - I say at the beginning that it is a short service, it runs just around 30 mins. https://youtu.be/YxyfGEvaxgE

Here you will find the image I refer to in my sermon and our weekly sheet. https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 07.6.20.pdf

I would also really encourage you to tune in online to the Church of England's Sunday service to hear the words of the retiring Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. Here is the link for that:https://youtu.be/r1BjdzR1I1k

Every Blessing

Estella

 


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 at give a little 

Thank you.

 

On the Nail

As we are unable to deliver the parish magazine at the moment we have made June's edition available as a pdf here for anyone that would like to see it. There is lots of news from our local groups as to how they have adapted to cope with the lockdown.

We will aim to publish the magazine in this way until we are able to resume deliveries.

 

 


Sunday 31st May 2020- Pentecost

Dear Everyone, 

I hope you are keeping well and that you managed to engage with our Novena prayers at some point during the last nine days. Huge thanks to Andrea, Margaret, Anne, Miriam and Stuart for boldly leading some of our daily services.

Here is the link for our Service this morning which includes a sermon from Bishop Rose. The service is a little longer than our usual online services so allow 45 minutes to join in with it. https://youtu.be/SYL1W7y5Vhc

Here is the weekly sheet for this week https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 31.5.20.pdf

If you would like to take part in future services - perhaps do a reading or lead the prayers please do let me know by emailing estellalast@gmail.com

Every blessing

Estella


Saturday 30th May 2020- Novena Day Nine

Dear Everyone,

Thank you for joining us over the last 9 days as we have prayed through the Novena together. I hope you have found it helpful. Thank you too to all those who have been brave enough to tangle with the technology and lead one of our daily services. Today Stuart Field leads our final day reflecting on Silence. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/33sc04aW6hg

The accompanying booklet can be found here: https://canterburydiocese.org/our-life/prayer/prayer-resources/novena-/ 

And the service sheet is herehttps://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 9 30 05 20.pdf

Tomorrow we will have a special service for Pentcost including a sermon from Bishop Rose.

Every blessing

Estella 


Friday 29th May 2020 - Novena Day eight

Dear Everyone,

It's Friday again already and now we are up to Day 8 of our Novena Prayers - today we are grateful to Miriam Westerndarp for leading us. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/a84NvqDv4C4

The Novena Booklet can be found here: https://canterburydiocese.org/our-life/prayer/prayer-resources/novena-/ 

And the accompanying service sheet is here .https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 8 29 05 20.pdf

Miriam refers to the wonderful testimony of Sister Emmanuelle which if you would like to watch it can be found here:https://youtu.be/XYAub2cJWas

And the Sons of Korah singing Psalm 117, a psalm of praise and celebration can be found here (definitely one to dance round your kitchen to!) : 

https://youtu.be/MPzJ8U1hd94

 

Best wishes

Estella 


Thursday 28th May 2020- Novena Day seven

 

Dear Everyone,

Here is the link for today's daily prayer service for which thanks to Anne Booth our leader today. https://youtu.be/G6bg9dDA-jE

The accompanying booklet can be found here https://canterburydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/1588864070.pdf 

And the Service sheet for Day 7 is here https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 7 28 05 20.pdf

Every blessing

Estella 


Wednesday 27th May 2020- Novena Day six

Dear All,

Here is the link for today's daily prayer service: https://youtu.be/Pf_M6zupGJQ

The accompanying booklet can be found here https://canterburydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/1588864070.pdf 

And the Service sheet for Day 6 https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 6 27 05 20.pdf

We now have 38 subscribers to our YouTube Channel - if you haven't already 'subscribed' (it doesn't cost anything you just click 'subscribe') please do consider doing so. You will then get notifications whenever something new is uploaded

Every blessing

Estella 


Tuesday 26th May 2020- Novena Day five

Dear Everyone,

After a gloriously sunny Bank Holiday here are our daily prayers for Tuesday, Day 5 of the Novena.http:// https://youtu.be/bCD6rnKMxX0

The accompanying booklet can be found here https://canterburydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/1588864070.pdf 

And the Service sheet for Day 5 is here.https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 5 26 05 20.pdf

Every blessing

Estella 


Monday 25th May 2020- Novena Day four

 

Dear Everyone,

Here is the link for Day 4 of the Novena Prayers - with thanks to Andrea for providing today's service https://youtu.be/JPaVHeD6UMg

The booklet can be found here https://canterburydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/1588864070.pdf 

And the Service sheet is here https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 4 25 05 20.pdf

Every blessing

Estella 


Sunday 24th May 2020- Novena Day three

 

Dear Everyone,

I hope everyone is keeping well. 

Please find here the link for our service today https://youtu.be/Hxb79CKEF_4

Here is the link to the Canterbury Diocese Novena Booklethttp://https://canterburydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/1588864070.pdf 

Here is the Weekly sheet for this week and the Prayer sheet for Day 3 of the Novena which you might like to call up on a separate device if you have one so that you can follow along with the service. https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 24.5.20.pdf

This week our PCCs met and have begun to think through what re-opening our churches may look like when we are allowed to do this. We will update when decisions have been made to ensure we all can stay as safe as possible.

Keep safe keep well and God bless

Estella


Saturday 23rd May 2020- Novena Day two

Here is the link to Day 2 of the Novena Prayers https://youtu.be/EcHZXn8sUcM

The booklet can be found here https://canterburydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/1588864070.pdf 

And this is the Service sheet.https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 2 23 05 20.pdf

 


Friday 22nd May 2020- Novena Day One

 

Here is the link to our daily service for today - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqac3-th_-s&t=6s

Here is the link to the accompanying booklet: https://canterburydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/1588864070.pdf  

Here is the Service sheet for you to follow - please join in with the words in bold and as indicated by the service leader.https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Day 1 22 05 20.pdf

 


Thursday 21st May 2020- Ascension Day

Dear Everyone,

I hope you are all well and are enjoying the wonderful weather that we are having this week!

Here is a link to an Ascension Day Service which I hope you find helpful.http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WdIXJw57hY

I will be sharing a service link every day for the nine days between now and Pentecost following the Novena resources provided by the Diocese. Each day there will be a service sheet to follow which I will share along with the link to the service. Different members from our church communities will be leading some of these short daily services. You can access additional resources during this time of prayer and waiting by visiting the Thy Kingdom Come web pages http:// https://www.thykingdomcome.global/. I particularly like the song that has been produced for 2020 which can be found herehttp:// https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/thy-kingdom-come-hymn-2020

Keep well, keep safe and God bless

Estella


Sunday 17th May 2020

Today's service is a special service for Rogation Sunday involving members of the church team at Bekesbourne.. I am so pleased and my thanks go to Stuart Field for his help in coordinating video contributions to include in our service. I have also found a new source of hymn tracks that we can use with the performer's permission giving us a greater variety of hymns to choose from. I do hope you enjoy our service. A weekly sheet is also included containing the readings and news from our villages. 

Service 17.5.20 and weekly sheet 17.5.20

Every Blessing

Estella


Sunday 10th May 2020

Here is the link to the service for today https://youtu.be/i9wehJeihPE

 


Friday 8th May 2020

 

Here is a link to a short service for the Commemoration of VE Day today. There are lots of events taking place both on the television and online for you to join in with so feel free to watch this whenever you would like to in the day. The Video lasts approximately 11 minutes so if you started watching at 10.45 you would be finished in time for the silence at 11am. https://youtu.be/4BXxlftRvLI

 

Every Blessing,

Rev Estella


Sunday 3rd May 2020

 

Please find below the link to our service today which will be live from 8am in this morning. I am hugely grateful to everyone who has taken the time (and wrestled with the technology!) to be able to be a part of our service this week. I am especially grateful to our Archdeacon for her sermon which I am sure you will all enjoy.

https://youtu.be/FhAw6DLgjPM

We are beginning to wonder about what the future may look like for us as a Church so look out for more communications from me in the coming days and weeks offering other ways in which we can be together since it may be sometime before we can return to church as we knew it previously.. 

On Friday there are national celebrations to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and ideas for how people can commemorate this at home are already beginning to circulate . All being well I hope to upload a short service for the Commemoration of VE day and will put the link on the website on Friday morning. I

Lastly the Church of England has launched a phone line which is free to dial into. The 'Daily Hope' phone line is free to call on 0800 804 8044 and offers hymns, reflections and prayers. Please do pass this number on to anyone who you think might appreciate it. 

Continuing in faith and prayer, keep safe, keep well and God bless.

Estella


Sunday 25th April 2020

 

Here is a link to a service by Rev'd Stefan for the third Sunday of Easter. https://youtu.be/AEWRoBew1IM

 


Sunday 19th April 2020

Firstly, I hope you are all well and that your week has been a good one. I am sure we are by now all beginning to adjust to this life at home malarkey - and now we learn that we are to enjoy this 'staycation' for a few weeks more. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything you are in need of or any help that you might need.

Here is the link to our service for Sunday 19th April. This week we have contributions from both Margaret Clarke and Peggy Pryer. If you would like to contribute a video reading or prayers of intercession please do let me know as I think we will be continuing to worship in this way for a good while yet. 

https://youtu.be/1lqdAn_JEaQ

In case you haven't already found it here is a link to the Church of England's 'Easter Pilgrim' course which offers a daily reading and reflection for the days between Easter and Pentecost https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/living-out-our-faith/lent-holy-week-and-easter/easterpilgrim-lords-prayer

Also the church has produced a prayer booklet which you can download as a PDF from this link: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/Prayer%20Book%20Digital%20Single%20Pages%202%20April_0.pdf I am looking into the possibility of having some of these booklets printed for me to send in my next mailing to those on our electoral roll who are not on email / online.

I am looking at the possibility of setting up an online fellowship / Bible study group once a week using Zoom so if you would be interested in joining in with this please do let me know. Zoom is fairly straightforward to use and I can talk you through it in the first instance.

I wish you all a blessed 2nd Sunday of Easter and assure you of my prayers for the coming week,

Every blessing

Estella


12th April- Easter Sunday

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, ……………. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. …………. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb………….. she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher)…………….. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.  (extracts from John 20:1-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV))

 

Here is a link to a Service for us to share together on this most unusual of Easter Sundays. It will be live from 7am on Easter Sunday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXP9K4hJrAs

There is a service on the BBC led by the Archbishop and also the Cathedral Service will be streamed on the Cathedral website at 12.

I pray you all have a joyful celebration however you manage it in lockdown and that you know the hope that we share in Jesus Christ our Risen Lord. 

Keep well, keep safe, and have a very Happy Easter. 

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,  Nicola Fry, Andrea Nicholson, Pauline Pritchard, Scilla Wright.

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