Bear Essentials Week Beginning 26 May 2019

Bear Essentials

Week Beginning 26 May 2019

‘You’ve polluted this place,
    and now you’re polluted—ruined!’

Micah 2:10 (The Message)


Bear Notices 

Sunday Morning – this Sunday, we continue our journey in Micah, see above for another encouraging verse. It will be. It will be. 10 am to pray in the foyer or come along for the service at 10.30 am.

Youth – this Sunday morning all youth will be staying in the service.

Evening Service – Please sign up to help cook, serve and wash up for this and future weeks. From 4.30 pm in the kitchen and from 6 pm to serve and wash up. The service starts at 6.30 pm. Please email Richard at or sign up at


Building Fund – We have now paid the deposit to our solicitors! Please, keep thinking and praying about how to raise the next £75,000. It’s just money after all. All pennies and pounds are welcome. Use the normal bank account HSBC Sort:40-02-25 Account: 21361317 or contact Tracy at for other ways to give.


Smile! - The Deptford Ragged Trust is signed up to Amazon Smile - it means that Amazon will donate to our charity every time people buy stuff on Amazon, provided they go through this link:


Smile Again – We heard this week that we will receive a grant from Deptford Challenge Trust towards English Fridays (see below). Thanks to Declan for his work on this. It will fund the project for one year giving us the opportunity to support and develop this excellent programme. See Iain for more details.

Branches Home Group – a Monday night homegroup for 18+ students and young adults. Please contact Becky at for more details.


Women’s Prayer Lunch – the next one is on 5 June at Carol’s home in Hither Green. Contact for details or speak to Carol. It’s a ‘bring and share’ lunch for all women. A chance to eat, chat and pray together.

Baptisms – we’ll be baptising in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit on Sunday 7 July during the Morning Service. if you would like to find out what it’s all about, please talk to Paul A or Tessa C.

The Big Lunch – Everyone is invited to another Big Lunch immediately after the service on Sunday 9 June in Giffin Square (by the library). An annual event where people across the UK come together in the street to meet, greet, share, swap, sing, play and laugh for no reason other than that we all need to. In 2017, 9.3 million people took part in 90,000 neighbourhood events. The Big Lunch connects people and encourages friendlier, safer neighbourhoods where people start to share more — from conversations and ideas to skills and resources. Hosted by The Bear, 999 Club and Bench Outreach. It’s a great way to remind people of what we do. Please contact Tim Fallon on 07542 003 938 or with any questions or to volunteer.


Bear Men's Weekend – 28-30 June. Cottage and converted boat shed on the river Thurne in Norfolk. £65 per person (excluding travel).To book contact Daniel Alston at or 07921942903 15 years + (under 18's accompanied by a parent).

Women’s Weekend Away – 4 - 6 October 2019 at the Oast Houses in Sussex. If you would like to come, now would be a good time to start making those payments. Guest Speaker will be Rosie Amess, the curate at St Paul’s Cheltenham. The cost will be around about £165 (TBC) for adults with a discount on youth places. Email It’s a strictly first come, first served basis so don’t miss out if you want to join us. Girls are welcome Year 11+ (from Sept). But please note there will not be a separate youth programme and girls must be accompanied by their mother/guardian.


WATCH THIS – another theological ‘short’ from Paul A and filmmaker John F. It’s all about the Trinity, so maybe watch it three times. Or should that be once?

Outside Space – it’s still there so please be aware that it’s not a safe place for play. There is 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:

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

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

Term Time Mid-Week Activities at The Bear:


It only seems like 5 weeks since the last school holiday. Wait a moment it is only 5 weeks since the last school holiday. So, before we take the long, hill climb towards the summer holidays all our mid-week activities will be taking a quick break.

Non-Bear Notices

Thy Kingdom Come –  C of E event starting with a service at St Peter’s Church, Wickham Road 7.30 pm Wednesday 5 June. There is a Prayer Walk, Saturday 8 June. Stopping at a church near you including our very own Bear. Leaving at 9.30 am from Goldsmiths College, 10.15 am - St James Hatcham, 11 am - The Bear Church, finishing with a lunch at 12 pm - St Paul’s. Everyone is welcome to join part or all of the walk (or just come along to the bit at the Bear). Here's a link to the TKC video put out by Justin Welby: 


CRY Walk - CRY is a charity working for the prevention of young, sudden cardiac deaths through awareness and supporting affected families. Their annual Heart of London Bridges sponsored walk is on Sunday 23 June.  As well as raising money for the charity, this is a way of us remembering Joseph Merritt who died age 16. Celebrate his life and pray for his lovely family as you walk. Sign up at CRY WALK


Haunted Steel – a solo exhibition by Ewen MacDonald - Contemporary Watercolours.
27 June – 5 July at The Livingroom Gallery (next to Camden Road overland station or 5 minutes from Camden Town tube) 43-45 Camden Rd, NW1 9LR. Opening 6.30 pm 27 June.


Psalms and Stretches – an exercise class that combines exercise with meditation, using verses from the book of Psalms. To stretch, strengthen, relax and refocus.

Thursdays 6.30-7.30 pm 2 May – 27 June (8 sessions) £8 per class/£24 for 4 consecutive lessons. Also, on Saturdays – see in Bear Notices. Follow on social media: @one.bodysoulspirit fb and Instagram for up to date news.

The Bear Diary: Week Beginning 26 May 2019

10.30 am          Morning Service

6.30 pm            Evening Service

7 pm                 Branches


8 pm                  Home Groups


6.30 pm             Psalms and Stretches

8 pm                  Home Groups


Wallpaper Needed – for a new craft shop, Made in Greenwich, opening soon to sell locally made food and craft products. The owner Mary-Jane would be very grateful for any left-over wallpaper that you might want to offload onto her. See Anne M or email

Please note that all Non-Bear Notices and Classified advertisements are included as a courtesy and do not reflect the views or beliefs of the Bear leadership or employees.