Welcome to the Bridge Benefice

The Bridge Benefice covers five churches in the area: Bridge, Bekesbourne, Patrixbourne, Nackington and Lower Hardres.

The vicarage welcomes enquiries from anyone (even if they do not attend church) about Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals in any of the churches as well as Funerals to be held at the crematorium.

Please also visit our prayer pages and pray for the sick and remember those whom we have lost.

Priest-in-Charge

The Reverend Canon Jonathan LLoyd writes

"Last Sunday [June 12th] I announced that I will be leaving the Benefice to take up a post as Rector in a parish in Vancouver, Canada.

My final Sunday with you will be 4th September 2016.

I have greatly enjoyed serving this Benefice and will miss you greatly.

I am grateful to our churchwardens and ministry team who have already met with the acting Archdeacon and Area Dean to plan the future, and take the discussion to our three PCCs for discussion and decision"



Notices


Canterbury Food Bank

Yellow bins for donations will stay in Bridge and Patrixbourne churches, as the Food Bank continues to need our help.

The congregations have all been incredibly generous so far. Many thanks to those who have already donated.

Events
Our shepherd in the Shepherd's Hut
Chalkpit Farm, Bekesbourne
Monday, 29th August
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Canon Jonathan will be at the Shepherd's Hut, Chalkpit Farm, Bekesbourne this Wednesday, between 2pm and 4pm (and each Wednesday).
Call in for a chat, coffee, prayer request, or just to say hello.

Ride and Stride
All churches in Kent
Saturday, 10th September
10.00am - 6.00pm

Ride and Stride is a fund raising event for the Friends of Kent Churches. Cyclists or walkers may be sponsored by friends etc. to cycle or walk round a number of Kent churches to raise money for the upkeep of these buildings. This has been taking place annually for many years and has raised thousands of pounds.

Participants and recorders needed.

To find out more about the event and obtain sponsorship forms please contact David or Ann Edmonds on 01227 830795

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Benefice activities and groups (mostly based in Bridge) include:

Confirmation Classes

These run separately for adults and children (usually year 6 and up). Please contact the Vicar to find out when the next run of classes will take place. Usually there are 8 - 10 sessions held over a few months before the confirmation service itself. Confirmation classes are an opportunity to explore and discuss the Christian faith in a small group - a candidate may decide that they do not wish to be confirmed at the end of the classes, there is no obligation to be confirmed at the end if you do not wish to do so.

Caring & Sharing

A social group for women, meeting fortnightly on Monday evenings. Contact Peggy Pryer Tel: 01227 832058 or mob: 07860 591887

After Eights

An evening bible study group, meeting twice a month on Tuesdays. Contact Margaret Clarke Tel: 01227 765598

On the Nail

Parish magazine for Bekesbourne, Bridge and Patrixbourne. To request a copy to be delivered each month, contact your local churchwardens or the vicarage.

Morrisons Let's Grow Vouchers

Bridge School are collecting the Morrisons Let's Grow Vouchers for free gardening equipment.

All vouchers are gratefully received and can be handed in to the School Office.


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St Peter's, Bridge

St Peter's, Bridge

Services
Sunday 28 August
Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Nackington
9.30am
Sung Eucharist

Bridge
8.00am
BCP Holy Communion
 
11.00am
Parish Eucharist

Patrixbourne
9.30am
Mattins


Tuesday 30 August

Bridge
9.30am
Holy Communion


Sunday 4 September

Lower Hardres
11.00am
Benefice Family Communion

Bridge
6.00pm
Choral Evensong


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