‘ Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Ephesians 6:13 (Msg)


Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Ephesians 6:13-18  (Msg)

Bear Essentials Week Beginning 24 June 2018


‘ Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words.’

Ephesians 6:13  (Msg)

Sunday Morning Service – this week it’s all about what we’re wearing, so buckle up and don’t forget your shield and breastplate. Prayer is at 10 am in the foyer and the service will start at 10.30 am. There will be children’s groups.

Youth – Sch Yrs: 10-13 will be in the Youth Room with Tim and Julie. Younger youth Yrs: 7-9 will be in the service.

Evening Service – Please sign up to help this week and future Sunday nights. The Bear opens the doors to the most vulnerable people in our area for a bowl of soup, some cake and a short service. Help is always welcome. Speak to one of the ES team for more information: Richard, Declan, Margaret, Simon to name a few. Click on this link to sign up and help out: http://tinyurl.com/qz9wrfl <http://tinyurl.com/qz9wrfl>   

Men’s Weekend Away – Last chance to get in on the action next weekend Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July Contact: alstons@hotmail.co.uk to book or speak to Daniel.

Building Seed Fund Update – we are up to £3000! We’re going for £15,000 seed money for the building, but while we’re about it, let’s clear the rest of the deficit.... Chery Nguyen will be having an art exhibition soon, with donations going towards The Bear. Please see below for more details.

Psalms &Stretches - @ The Shaftesbury Christian Centre, 7th July 10.45am – 11.45am. After a successful pilot, Psalms & Stretches returns (minus the salad this time) for monthly classes, held on the first Saturday of the month. Psalms & Stretches is a gentle exercise class that combines movement with meditation, using verses from the book of Psalms. To stretch, strengthen, relax and refocus. For more info visit https://www.ruthcarpenter.com/onebodysoulspirit Open to everyone (youth Year 10 +), spaces are limited so please email one.bodysoulspirit@outlook.com to reserve a place. Suggested donation £5 to bring on the day (profits will go to the Bear Building Fund).  Please bring a mat if you have one, a water bottle and feel free to invite your friends!

Goodbye Vorsters – to celebrate the Vorster family’s big move across the pond and to commiserate our loss, the Elliotts will be hosting drinks from 7pm onwards Sat 6 July (not 14th). There will be tea, cake, wine and chat and maybe a few tears. Please feel free to bring something to drink and snacks.

Camping - Bank Holiday Weekend (24th-27th August) camping at Kingsdown Campsite in Kent. There are no planned activities for the weekend – it’s just camping together with others from The Bear.  Book in now if you want to come because the campsite will fill up. More details can be found at https://www.kingsdowncamping.co.uk   Minimum two-night rate applies on Bank Holiday dates so adults £10-14 per night, children (4-17yrs) £6, up to 3yrs are free. Ask Pastor Paul if you have questions.

Outside Space – if your children play behind the church and in the small garden (accessible through hall) while at The Bear they do so at their own risk. Traders use the car park space for storage, so please be aware there will be property belonging to others and some very hazardous obstacles. Children should be supervised by a parent or carer at all times. Any concerns, please speak to Tessa.

CCTV – be aware that the Shaftesbury Christian Centre is now under surveillance from CCTV cameras. This is for the safety and security of all who use the building. If you have any concerns or would like more information please speak to Paul A or email: paul@thebear.tv.

Home Groups – If you are part of The Bear and would like to join a mid-week home group please contact iain@thebear.tv.

Giving – if you are part of The Bear, you can set up a standing order for your giving. Details from info@thebear.tv Please note that we are not using Just Giving at present because of the changes to the trust.

Mid-Week Activities at The Bear –

Bear Cubs – Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at The Bear Church. Not any old parent/carer and toddler group - this one is carefully picked, prepared, deseeded, crafted and packaged by an elite team, just waiting to delight connoisseurs of pre-school activities.
Women’s Bible Study - study the Bible and pray together. Every Tuesday from 1.30pm. Contact Margaret P for details.

English Fridays – is our weekly language class for people to learn English in a relaxed and encouraging environment. We have a qualified ESOL teacher, but really need another volunteer to get alongside the students as they learn. Previous experience is NOT required, just a willingness to support, chat and encourage students in the class. Please contact: iain@thebear.tv if you’d like to get involved.

Non-Bear Notices

The Last Match – Art Exhibition of 26 Giant Matchboxes by the Bear’s Chery Nguyen. The Deptford Market Yard. Saturday 7 July – Tuesday 17 July. Come and support Chery. There will be an opportunity to give donations to the Bear as well!

Quiz Night – (in aid of the Summer Mission Teams) 7 pm Saturday 30 June. At Well Community Church, Wells Way, Camberwell. Please come and support these events and help get these teams on their way.

CRY – Dear Friends, We are very glad of the love and support you show us. On the 24th June this year us and a group of friends are doing the CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) London Bridges Walk. We are walking in memory of Joseph and are trying to raise money for his memorial fund at CRY which researches causes of sudden adult death and supports families like ours. Please would you consider supporting us through this link. Thank you, Amanda, Richard and Livvy xx:



The Bear Diary:

Week Beginning 24 June 2018

10 am                         Prayer
10.30 am                    Morning Service
6.30 pm                      Evening Service

10 am                         Bear Cubs
8 pm                           Adoration

10 am                        Breast Feeding Support Group
1.30 pm                     Women’s Bible Study

1 pm                           Women’s Prayer Lunch
8 pm                           Home Groups

10 am                        Bear Cubs Parent & Toddler Group
1 pm                          Bear Cubs
8 pm                          Home Groups

9.30 am                     Bear Cubs Parent and Toddler Group
1.30 pm                     English Fridays
Men’s Weekend Away


The 999 Club - is the only organization in Lewisham running a night shelter for homeless people who would otherwise be sleeping rough. They don’t charge people to use our night shelter and don’t currently receive any government funding for this; they rely on raising money, mainly from charitable Trusts and Foundations and from individuals, to keep the shelter going. In May they launched a crowdfunding campaign ‘Summer Shelter’ to raise funds for the night shelter to open for 10 weeks this summer: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/summershelter
https://vimeo.com/270044396 The campaign is supported by the local MP Vicky Foxcroft and the newly elected Lewisham Mayor Damian Egan. You can follow it on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

Church on the Street

We are always looking for people to help with our Sunday evening services. These are to serve those who live on the street or in shelters and those who need a safe place to eat a meal. We serve soup and bread at 6.30 pm and for anyone who wishes to stay on, there is an informal service at about 7.30 pm. 

If you would like to help prepare food, volunteers are welcome from 4.30pm, or come just before 6pm to serve food and drinks. 

We meet most Sundays, except 1st Sunday of the month. Check the Bear Essentials Newsletter for updated news.

For more information contact info@thebear.tv