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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Parish Diary 


Service details and readings for September 2021

These are the main services which will be taking place during September in our churches. We hope to be able to bring back Messy Church and perhaps some other opportunities for being together as time moves on and we will publicise these once we have been able to make some plans.

No need to book, but mask wearing and social distancing may still be necessary depending on local circumstances

Date

 

Known as

Readings

Church Service

5th September

14th Sunday after Trinity

(AM) Isaiah 35.4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2.1-10 (11-13) 14-17; Mark 7.24-37

 

 

 

(PM) Psalm 119:41-56; Exodus 14:5-end;

Matthew 6:1-18

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington

 

10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne

 

6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Lower Hardres

 

12th September

15th Sunday after Trinity (Education Sunday)

Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 116.1-9; James 3.1-12; 

Mark 8.27-38

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge

 

 

19th September

 

 

16th Sunday after Trinity

Jeremiah 11.18-20; Psalm 54; James 3.13-4.3,7-8a; 

Mark 9.30-37

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

 

26th September

17th Sunday after Trinity

Jeremiah 11.18-20; Psalm 54; James 3.13-4.3,7-8a; 

Mark 9.30-37

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge

 

 

OCTOBER

Date

 

Known as

Readings

Church Service

3rd October

Harvest

 

 

 

 

(18th Sunday after Trinity)

Joel 2:21-27

Psalm 126

1 Timothy 2:1-7

Matthew 6:25-33

 

(Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4-2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16)

8am BCP Communion St Mary’s, Nackington

 

10am Songs of Praise St Peter’s Bekesbourne

 

6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Lower Hardres

 

10th October

Harvest

 

 

 

(19th Sunday after Trinity)

Micah 4:1-5

Romans 8:18-25

John 4:31-38

 

(Amos 5:6-7,10-15; Hebrews 4:12-end;

Mark 10:17-31)

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge

 

 

17th October

 

 

Harvest

20th Sunday after Trinity

Isaiah 53:4-end;

Hebrews 5:1-10;

Mark 10:35-45

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

 

24th October

Last Sunday after Trinity

 

 

(Bible Sunday)

Jeremiah 31:7-9

Hebrews 7:23-end

Mark 10:46-end

 

(Isaiah 55)

 

10am Parish Communion

St Peter’s Bridge

 

 

31st October

All Saints Day

 

Wisdom 3:1-9

Psalm 24:1-6

Revelation 21: 1-6a

John 11:32-44

10am Sung Eucharist St Mary’s Nackington

7th November

 

All Souls Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

 

6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Lower Hardres

 

(8am & 10am as usual)


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.


 

 


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Notices


To find further information and guidance on Covid 19 and The Corona Virus visit the NHS  here or  the U.K Government  here


Sunday 3rd October- Harvest

Dear Everyone

Here is the link for the service held this evening. 

 

Every blessing

Estella


Sunday 26th September

Dear Everyone

We had a really wonderful service this morning thinking through our role as stewards of God's creation, and Rev'd Miriam helped us think this through in her sermon on the Old Testament passage from the book of Numbers.

 

Best wishes

Estella

 


Sunday 12th September

Dear Everyone

It's a joy to be out and about and seeing people again but it's been a very full Sunday!

Here is the link to this morning's service complete with a rendition of Happy Birthday for Dorothy in Bridge, who celebrated her 101st birthday this week, at the start of the service. 

Praying you all have a blessed week

Estella

 

 


Sunday 29th August

 

Dear Everyone

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

The weekly sheet is also here with news and updates about Parish life. 

Next week we will be welcoming our new Curate to the Parish. Rev'd Miriam Bier-Hinksman will be starting in the parish on Thursday 2nd September and with us on Sunday 5th for all our services. Do come along to welcome her if you can. 

Have a blessed week. 

Estella


Sunday 22nd August

Dear Everyone

Here is the link for the recording of today's service which took place at St Mary's Lower Hardres this morning. It was lovely to have so many there and to be back worshipping there this morning.

 

Also here is the weekly sheet - some dates for your diary are;  

11th September Friends of Kent churches Ride and Stride - do get in touch if you can help with manning a church or would like a sponsorship form for your own riding and striding!

15th October the Parish Quiz Night in aid of New Life Nyambene - do start to think about who might be on your team for this fun event!

Have a blessed Sunday

Estella


Sunday 8th August

Dear Everyone

I hear that the Benefice Service at Bekesbourne last Sunday went really well and was enjoyed by everyone who attended. Huge thanks to the team at Bekesbourne and to Rev'd Cat Darkins for enabling this service. We had a lovely wedding at Bridge yesterday and even managed to dodge the heavy showers of rain for lovely photos in the churchyard afterwards! It was lovely to have singing at a wedding again and the little Bridge choir led this beautifully.

Today our 10am Benefice Communion Service is at St Mary's Nackington. I hope to be able to send out a link to a recording of the service later today but please bear with me as we have two baptism services this afternoon. 

In the meantime the weekly sheet with the bible readings for today is here.

Have a blessed day

Estella

 


Sunday 18th July

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and not glued to your computers! But if you are having a quiet cool afternoon in the shade indoors here is the link from this morning's service at Bridge for you to view:

Later in the week we will be in touch with the details regarding the new arrangements for churches following the lifting of Covid restrictions from tomorrow. The Government and National Church have made it clear that whilst there are no legally enforceable restrictions in place, organisations that are hosting worship, events or activities still have a duty of care to keep all those attending, working, or volunteering as safe as possible and to be mindful of local infection rates and the possible vulnerability of those attending. 

The weekly sheet is here and it contains details of the service rota for August which is different from the rota we have been using recently as we will be worshipping each week in a different church. This is a really wonderful opportunity for us to be back in all our churches over the Summer. 

From Saturday 24th July I will be on leave until 6th August. This  means there won't be an online service for Sunday 25th July or Sunday 1st August.  If you need to make contact with the church for any reason during this time please contact your churchwardens or the church office.

Every blessing

Estella


Sunday 11th July 2021

 

Dear Everyone

Here is the link to today's service filmed at St Peter's Bridge. Please note that we have removed the need to 'book a place' for Sunday Services as we are now confident that we can provide sufficient Social distancing and those who wish to may sit in bubbles of up to 6 or two households. Currently mask wearing and social distancing (2 m) are still mandatory in churches and we are not yet able to have congregational singing inside the building. However we have been enjoying singing a final hymn together outside at the end of the service each week. 

 The weekly sheet is also https://www.cushycms.com/temporary_uploads/265247/Online sheet 11.7.21 (1).pdf

We don't yet know what the full implication of the possible lifting of restrictions from 19th July will be for Churches as the official Government guidance has not yet been published and the task force for places of worship has not yet met. Once this guidance is available we will work out what we need to do in our churches to ensure both compliance and that we are keeping each other as safe as we possibly can. 

Last week I was pleased to be able to visit the Year 6s at Bridge Primary School and give them copies of the Scripture Union Booklet 'It's your move' which is designed to support children as they make the transition from Primary to Secondary School. During the last week of term we will once again be hosting all the school children in their year group bubbles at St Peter's Bridge for their end of term services.

For the early part of this week I am delivering some online training for clergy and other leaders in our Diocese so may not be as responsive to emails / phone calls from Monday to Wednesday as I normally would be. This week we also have a Diocesan Synod meeting via Zoom on Wednesday evening and Deanery Synod at Wingham Church on Thursday evening so it is going to be a busy week.   

Next Saturday morning (17th July) the 'EcoChurch' team will be meeting at The Old Palace - if you are interested in environmental issues and would like to be part of this team please get in touch as you would be very welcome to join us. 

Have a blessed week 

 

Estella


Sunday 4th July 2021

Dear Everyone

Some of you will have had a message from me to say that due to Internet issues I couldn't get the service out to you all today - well the prayer was answered and although it's intermittent the internet returned briefly and I have been able to upload our Service from this morning at last!

Here is the Pet Service from Bekesbourne - apologies for the abrupt start!

 


Saturday 3rd July 2021

Dear Everyone

Before I go to the Cathedral this afternoon to be present for the Ordination of our Curate I thought it would be helpful to remind you that you can join the ordination service from home here:  https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/.../online-worship/... or here: 

Tomorrow we have 8am BCP at St Mary's Nackington and 6pm Evensong at St Mary's Lower Hardres (no need to book!) and the Songs of Praise Pet Service at Bekesbourne at 10am - please do let us know if you would like to attend this one. 

Later tomorrow I will upload a service recording from the morning for you to view if you are worshipping at home this week. 

Every blessing

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