Little Fish Week Beginning 19 March 2017


‘Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.’

John 12:3 (NASB)

 Bear Notices

Sunday Morning – Money March rolls on. After a look at economics and the Bible we all need a sit down, right? So pull up a chair near to the Sofa, where we’ll be hearing testimonies and wisdom from carefully selected individuals at the Bear. 10 am for prayer in the foyer and 10.30am for service start.

Fish is Off – sorry folks but Flame Fish is CANCELLED this Sunday. Sadly due to staff shortages we cannot run a group for children in School Years 3-6. It’s a Sofa Sunday and the children are welcome to stay in. Bring extra books, colouring, screens, sugar and something for the kids as well!

The Evening Service – Each week we welcome to the Bear those who are coping with homelessness, addictions and extremely difficult life situations. We need help cooking and setting up from 4.30pm or serving/washing up from 6pm. Everyone over 16 yrs is welcome to come and help. Click on link to book for next week and further ahead to help:  

Global – Tuesday 28 March at 8pm. An internationally focused group, that meets once a month. At the Bear we have two families working in Central Asia, Ruth who is in Egypt and soon to be Wendy P off to Cambodia. If you are interested in praying for and supporting these wonderful people from the Bear who work in far flung places, please speak to Iain.

Women’s Prayer Lunch – Prayer lunch this week is at Annalisa’s home in Brockley. Wednesday 22 March 1pm. Like most social events at the Bear this involves food, chat and even prayer. Small children are welcome to come too. If you’ve not been before and would like more details speak to Annalisa or contact:

NXDFFF – the next Free Film Festival starts in April ( and The Bear will be showing Kung Fu Panda on Saturday 21st and Spotlight on Tuesday 25th. This is a great opportunity to open our doors, meet our neighbours and share our vision. If you have any questions, want to know more or would love to get involved speak to Ezra or Tessa or contact

BEAR MENS WEEKEND - 30 June - 2 July in Norfolk. Get away from London with other men/youth from the Bear, sail blithely on the River Thurne, (land activities available), eat copious amounts of meat (unless you’re vegetarian), make new bromances (or not) and generally chill out.  £60 for the weekend. Contact for information without the spin and to book.

Women’s Weekend Away – OK ladies, having visited the Oast Houses Retreat Centre last week we can officially tell you that it’s the place to be!  If you want to join us 6-8 October for a wonderful weekend away now really is the time to book. There are now only 21 places left and rooms are on a strictly first come first served basis. £150/adult & £130/Youth (Year 11+) Put it in your diary and pay a deposit of £50 to secure your place. For more details take a look at the website: ( If you would like to pay in instalments contact: Tracy at to pay or for other details contact

CCTV – Please be aware that the Shaftesbury Christian Centre is now under surveillance from CCTV cameras. This is for the safety and security of all people using the Bear. If you have any concerns or would like more information please speak to Paul A or email: Thanks

Home Groups – meet at various times and places. If you are new to the Bear (or not) and would like to be part of a home group please contact

Other Mid-Week Stuff – closed week 12th-17th Feb

Bear Cubs - Mondays, (10-12) Thursdays (10-12 & 1-3) and Fridays (9.30-11.30) in 2017. For pre-school children and their parent/carers. Educational activities, stories, dress up, free play and some stuff for the children too. For details contact

English Fridays – teaching English to anyone who wants to learn a bit more. Fridays 1.30-3pm Informal childcare provided. To come along or to volunteer contact

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30pm.   Contact

Text Giving – If you would like to give to the Bear, you can set up a standing order or if you would prefer to give by phone Text Number: 70070 In message write Deep21 followed by amount you’d like to give, e.g. Deep21 10.00. You’ll then get a text back with an option to gift aid.

Non-Bear Notices
Syria Appeal Benefit Gig – 7pm 25 March. Featuring the Bear’s own Lisa-Marie, with Please, Please, Please and Rip Snorts Soul Band. If that doesn’t pique your interest... At Hither Green Men’s Railway Club, Shipton Mews, 19 Beacon Road, SE13 6EQ.  Tickets £10 Contact Andrew or speak to Lisa-Marie for more details.

Apply for Elevate Dance Courses now! - Next Audition 23 March 2017 LEARN: Improve your dance technique in a nurturing Christian environment through daily classes, including ballet contemporary and street. TEACH: Gain confidence in your teaching methods and put that into practice as you teach in schools, churches and community groups.  PERFORM: Put everything you have learnt throughout your training into practice on a nationwide two-month tour, performing original contemporary work as a company.  Apply for the year-long 'Elevate Dance Company' or the part-time three-month course 'Elevate Dance Foundation'. For more information see our website <>  or email:

Week Beginning 19 March

10 am                   Prayer
10.30 am              Service
6.30 pm                Evening Service

10 am                   Bear Cubs
8 pm                     Preacher’s Meeting (see Paul A for details)

10 am                   Breastfeeding Group
1.30 pm                Women’s Bible Study

1 pm                     Women’s Prayer Lunch
8 pm                     Home Groups

10 am                   Bear Cubs
1 pm                     Bear Cubs
8 pm                     Home Groups

9.30 am                Bear Cubs
12 pm                   Building’s Team
1.30 pm                English Fridays


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