Bear Essentials Week Beginning 14 July 2019

Bear Essentials

Week Beginning 14 July 2019

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God..’

Micah 6-8

Bear Notices 

Sunday Morning –  today we get to the heart of our verse for the year as hear more on Micah, chapters 6 & 7. Also, Kelly and Matt G will be dedicating Lyla in the service. 10 am to pray or 10.30 am for the beginning of the service.

Cake Sale – this Sunday there will be another cake sale, so go light on the breakfast and bring plenty of cash. All cake/biscuit donations are welcome. All profits going to the BBF. Contact Ben N for more details. Let them eat cake!

Bear Building Fund – please see in non-Bear notices for details about the Carless Carboot Sale happening after church this week. Also, Nadine is offering three mornings of Art & Prayer at The Bear. Sally is still doing her Big Swim so if you’d like to sponsor her the details are below.  Any other great ideas out there to raise money for the Building Fund? Otherwise please feel welcome to deposit money into the Bear account HSBC Sort: 40-02-25  Account: 21361317

Youth – years 7-9 are in the Youth Room with Shantha.

Evening Service – 6.30 pm. 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


Summer Sundays – from Sunday 28 July, our morning services will be short and all-age in appearance. We don’t have a hosting team for August, so come prepared to pitch in. We’ll then re-group at Hilly Fields Stone Circle from 12.30pm and picnic together. No service or picnic on Sunday 25 August (Bank Holiday). Questions, concerns or offers of help – contact

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:


NB Women’s Weekend Away – 4 - 6 October 2019. We are down to the last few places. Please pay your deposit £50 ASAP to The Bear Sort: 40-02-05 Account: 21361317. Guest Speaker will be Rosie Amess, the chaplain at Brighton College. The cost is £165 and £120 for youth places. Email It’s a strictly first come, first served basis so don’t miss out if you want to join us.

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

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:

Bear Cubs – Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays - bringing comfort and a cup of coffee to all parents/carers of pre-school children. And of course, fabulous craft activities, toys, stories and carefully de-seeded fruit for the toddlers.

Women’s Bible Study – study, prayer and fellowship on Tuesday afternoons. *

English Fridays – ESOL teaching for beginners and intermediate language learners, complete with an informal creche and snacks. 

Bear Cubs are into their last week of term with picnics in the park. Please see the diary for locations - bring a picnic and blanket.  Contact 

Non-Bear Notices

Little Nan’s Deptford Carless Carboot Sale – this SUNDAY 12-4 pm in the Deptford Yard. Clothes, books, arts & crafts, kids toys, etc all on sale. Brigitte is running a stall with all profits going to the Bear Building Fund. Please go along and buy stuff at the end of the service.

Be Still - Three mornings of Art and prayer. Each morning will have a different theme and art focus. 28 Sept - Hearing God. - collage. 19 Oct -  Journeying with God - acrylic painting on canvas. 30 Nov - Sacred places - copper foil stain glass.  Each session will involve teaching on each art theme, group prayer led in a liturgical way and lots of opportunities to explore and create by yourself. Book in on Eventbrite if you search for Be Still at the Bear Church. Tickets are £15 per person with only 15 places available for each session. If you cannot make the sessions but would like to be involved in helping please email; . If you have any scrap fabrics, old magazines, old postcards, buttons, or little scraps of wood please could you bring them to the Bear there will be a big black bin which you can put them into labelled Be Still. 50% of the profits will go to the Bear Building Fund.

Sally B's Big Swim –  ‘Inspired by my school reunion (40 years since leaving secondary school!) I am going to swim 40 lengths, within 40 mins every day for 40 days in order to raise money for The Bear Building Fund. I started this Monday 24 June and won't finish until Friday 2 Aug! You can follow my progress and sponsor me on Richard Bell's Justgiving page - link below. Many thanks, Sally.’

INET EXPO - The iNet Expo this year is an international afternoon tea for the whole family. Come to the bear church, Deptford SE8 4RN 20 July 4-7pm, for cups of tea from around the world whilst you get to chat with cross-cultural workers. Please bring your own cup, both for the environment and to take part in our ‘best tea mug competition’. It will be time to mingle, hear stories and eat lots of scones.

Club Angels – are partnering with Festival Angels to volunteer at Eastern Electrics music festival in Modern Park, on the weekend 3 & 4 August 10 am – 10.30 pm Offering a safe place, a listening ear, practical help and a Christian presence on site. We are looking for a team of people who can join us in being on hand to help those attending the festival have a safe and enjoyable experience. Ideally for a whole day. All volunteers need to have Festival Angels training, which will take place Tues 30 July 6pm-9pm Location TBC Please sign up by emailing:

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 6.30pm Cost £8 or £24 for 4 weeks. (8 sessions) £8 per class/£24 for 4 consecutive lessons. Follow on social media: @psalmsandstretches or talk to Ruth Carpenter.


The Bear Diary: Week Beginning 14 July 2019


10 am              Prayer
10.30 am         Morning Service

6.30 pm           Evening Service


10 -12              Bear Cubs Picnic (Stone Circle - Hilly Fields)
7 pm                Branches

8 pm                Home Group Leaders Meal


10 am              Breast Feeding Workshop
1.30 pm           Women’s Bible Study


8 pm                Home Groups


11 - 1                Bear Cubs Picnic (Sand Pit - Fordham Park)

6.30 pm           Psalms and Stretches

8 pm                Home Groups


10 - 12             Bear Cubs Picnic (Bandstand - Deptford Park)


Work Experience Request – 16-year old student (son of Kelly H – Bear Cubs team) is looking for work experience. Ideally would love to work with any gaming, media, music company, but open to other offers for a placement. Please contact 

Made in Greenwich – GCDA (Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency) is very excited to announce that they are opening a new shop and community space in Creek Road in central Greenwich. ‘Made in Greenwich’ will sell locally made artisanal food products, as well as arts and crafts by borough-based artists and makers. In addition, we will have a beautifully designed rentable space which can be used for workshops, popups and creative events. To volunteer go to MadeinGreenwich

Photographer - If you need portraits taken for your business or documentary-style event photography then look no further! The Bear's very only Donna Ford has launched her new photography website (after a year and a half!) and is offering Bear people a special offer with £25 from each shoot going towards the building fund. Would love to hear from you if you have an interesting project. All info on the new website here And you can contact me via there! 

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.