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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
Sunday 16th May 2021- Easter Thy Kingdom Come 3
Thank you again to everyone who came to the service at Bridge last week - what a joy! This week I have been joking that it feels like 'Low Sunday' - the name usually given to the Sunday after a major festival like Easter or Christmas.
Here is the link for our service this morning and the weekly sheet:
In our service this morning I talk about and at the end we can sing along with 'We seek your kingdom' this years song for Thy Kingdom Come - you can find just the song on YouTube here:
May God bless you this day and always
Saturday 15th May 2021- Thy Kingdom Come 2
When I woke this morning it was pouring with rain - great for the garden I thought! (Not that I am any kind of gardener....) I am thankful for the rain as I know we need it but would also be pleased if it could brighten up a bit as outside has become so important to us all both in our social and worshipping life together. How wonderful it has been to be able to sit with friends outside, and for us to be able to praise God with outside hymns at the end of our Sunday services.
It is good for us to praise God, our Thy Kingdom Come journal reminds us that "when we praise God, we put ourselves into perspective. We acknowledge that God is the source and origin of everything, even the breath we are taking right now. Without God there is nothing."
Later on the journal continues "When we stood outside on Thursday evenings in the summer of 2020 cheering the NHS, did we realise how much it would change us? By giving thanks, by praising, we learnt to put the needs of others before our own. We discovered a deep appreciation for those who put their lives at risk to serve us.......thanksgiving expands the heart!"
So today let us praise God for rain, for sunshine, for His abundance in all things, let us find space in our hearts and lives to be thankful, remembering who we are and whose we are.
"Generous God, may I know your presence with me and may I sing your praises, defiantly praising your goodness even when there is so much that is wrong. Fill my heart with thanksgiving for all the blessings I receive in life. Expand my heart, and help me love, support and cherish those who serve me.And today help me show others the good things I receive in Christ and help me to live as sister or brother to all whom I meet" Amen
Friday 14th May 2021- Thy Kingdom Come 1
1. Daily Prayer Zooms
Join with others from around the diocese for 15-minute daily Zoom gatherings at 12 Noon throughout the Novena (Friday 14th – Saturday 22nd May). The leading of these gatherings is shared between Canterbury Cathedral and the Diocese, with the first one being led by Bishop Rose. We will spend 15 minutes in prayer each day, using our ‘Daily Waitings’ liturgies to reflect on the daily themes for Thy Kingdom Come. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. ‘Jesus meets us in the garden’
Our theme for Keep Praying Easter has been ‘Jesus meets us in the garden’, and we’ve been celebrating the glorious truth that prayer can happen anywhere, and that prayer is often at its richest in our favourite outdoor locations.
We’ve invited various people from around the diocese to make videos of themselves leading us in prayer from their favourite outdoor spaces, and the results are really worth a watch. From Whitstable seafront to the Romney Marsh, from rural garden idyls to construction sites, it’s an inspiring wander through the many landscapes of our diocese … and a prayerful one too.
The videos will be premiered on our Youtube channel each morning at about 8am, and all you need to do is click the link below each day to take a look. If you join us on the Daily Prayer Zooms, we will show the video for that day after the end of the 15 minute prayer time too.
Thursday 13th May 2021- Ascension Day
Today as many of you will already have spotted is Ascension Day - 40 days after the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus we commemorate his return to the Father. In recognition of this we will have a service of Compline for Ascension Day this evening at 8pm.
Today also marks the beginning of the 9 Days of Prayer between Ascension and Pentecost and the Global Wave of Prayer known as 'Thy Kingdom come'. Each day you will receive a prayer prompt from me by email inviting you to take time to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come' into your lives and the lives of our communities.
For those of you who might find it helpful, there is an App for Thy Kingdom Come, created to spiritually nourish and encourage prayer during the days of Thy Kingdom Come. You can download the app from the google play store here and the app store here.
I look forward to praying with you and sharing in prayer in the days to come.
Sunday 9th May-6th Sunday of Easter
It's a special day today as those of us who are able to, meet in Bridge Church for a special service with Bishop Rose and Archdeacon Jo. I am so pleased that we will at last be able to celebrate and commission the new single parish, and whilst I have always thought of myself as your incumbent it will be good to be officially so from today!
Our last exciting announcement taking place this morning is the appointment of Miriam Westendarp as our new Lay Chaplain - you can read more about this in the weekly sheet attached.
It is of course sad that not everyone can join us for the service today. with just over 50 people attending through some really careful seating arrangements thanks to Laurence Dunderdale - we really are at our Covid capacity. We are however recording the service and later today I hope to be able to send you all a YouTube link so that those who wish to may enjoy the service from home. For what it is worth, we are in the process of exploring the feasibility and (substantial) cost of the technology to live stream services directly from our church so watch this space.
Please remember this week is Christian Aid week - and try out our water challenge as a fun and thought provoking fundraiser (details in the weekly sheet attached).
Lastly my thanks to you all, in spite of the challenges of the last year we feel blessed to be with you all here in the Bridge Group Parish and are very much looking forward to our future together, especially as life begins to open up again.
We had a wonderful service at 10am this morning and here (as hot of the press as I could manage!) is the link so you can join with us if you weren't able to be there with us this morning.
Thanks to all those who helped to make the service what it was, and especially to the choir for their singing and Jean Barber for making this happen!
My thanks to you all for your messages of support and encouragement and my especial thanks to all our PCC Members, Churchwardens and all who do so much to help run our churches.
Happy May weekend! I hope you are all able to enjoy the Bank Holiday in some way - even if the weather doesn't behave!
Here is our online service for today and the weekly sheet.
The rest of this week's news is contained in the weekly pew sheet which is attached. Please take note of the information regarding Christian Aid week - we would really like to raise a good some of money with the Water Challenge (details in the sheet attached!) a very simple way both to raise our awareness and some much needed funds for Christian Aid.
My prayers for you all in the week to come.
I hope you are all keeping well. It has been good to be back in a more normal routine this week and even better to have been able to take two weddings at St Peter's Bridge - what a joy!
Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter, sometimes known as Good Shepherd Sunday and more recently 'Vocations sunday'. In our services today, both online and in Church, our sermon is given by Bishop Rose, the Bishop of Dover. Here is the link for the online Service for today
All the notices and important information that you need about future services and events are contained in the weekly notice sheet which is here.
Sunday 18th April 2021- 3rd Sunday of Easter
Today we are back in Church for the first time since before Christmas with a 10am Communion Service at St Peter's Bridge. If you have booked your place to attend please don't watch today's online service beforehand (unless you really want to hear the same sermon twice!).
Here is the link to our online service today and the weekly sheet.
Next week we are again in Church at Bridge for a 10am Communion Service - if you would like to attend please do get in touch with me to book your place. On 2nd May we have 8am BCP Communion at St Mary's Nackington and 10am Songs of Praise Service at St Peter's Bekesbourne - please contact Nicky Fry email@example.com to book your place for this service.
We have a PCC meeting this week on Wednesday evening on Zoom so if there are any matters you think we ought to be discussing please do let one of the Churchwardens or PCC members know.
Best wishes for the week ahead and special prayers for all those returning to work or studies in education settings this week.
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
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: email@example.com
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.
For more information on the Church of England Safeguarding Contacts please see the link below: