Bear Essentials Week Beginning 18 November 2018
‘And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”’
Sunday Morning Service – this Sunday is a very special service. We have two very lovely people who are getting baptised, Chery and Eva. Hankies and towels at the ready. The watery bit will happen early in the service, so if you would like to be there to support them and witness their testimonies and baptisms please arrive by 10.30 am. Any later and you might miss it. If you’d like to arrive earlier to pray then be in the foyer for 10 am.
Youth – will be staying in the service this morning. Hoorah.
Sunday Evening – 6.30 pm tonight. Help is always needed and appreciated to cook, serve and wash up. From 4.30 pm in the kitchen and from 6 pm to serve and wash up. Please email Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at https://tinyurl.com/bear-eveningservice
Student Worship Night – worship night at the Bear for students or anyone who can pass as one. 7.30 pm Monday 19 November. See Becky B for more details.
Women’s Prayer Lunch – this Wednesday 1 pm, 21 November at Emily A’s home Lewisham/Blackheath. All women are very welcome. Soup, tea and coffee will be supplied. Bring other foodie items if you can. Contact Emily.
Christmas Boxes – Box by box by box the front of the church will be adorned with festive scenes, lovingly designed and produced by home groups, schools and any other sort of community gathering. And all ready for our Christmas sing-a-long on 23 December (3.30 pm). Nothing says Christmas like a bit of creative competitivity. So, bagsy a box and a song before they’re all gone. Speak to Iain.
Christmas Sing-A-Long – Sunday 23 December 3.30 pm. As already mentioned above, this is our Bear Church ‘invite everyone you know’ Christmas event. Come and sing all the songs represented by the boxes, enjoy festive activities, snacks and fun, all to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Psalms and Stretches – Saturday 1 December 10.45 am. (This will be the last one of 2018). Bring a mat/towel and a water bottle. £5+ with profits going to the Building Seed fund. Thursday classes at 6.30 pm continue until 13 December. (Please talk to Ruth for more details and prices).
Guest Speaker – we will be welcoming the Bishop of Woolwich, Woyin Karowei Dorgu, (that’s Bishop Karowei to you and me) to speak to us on Sunday 9 December during the morning service. More details to follow.
Christmas is a comin’… sadly no pantomime or pantotivity this year. BUT fear not for we shall celebrate. Oh yes we will. See below for events on their Christmassy way:
Sunday 16 December – 10.30 am. All Age Christmas shebang at the Bear.
Sunday 23 December – 3.30 pm – Sing-a-long Christmas songs and carols. See above.
Christmas Day – We will join with St John’s, Deptford (on Lewisham Way) for a short Christmas morning service 10.30 am.
Soul Survivor 2019 – This will be the last Soul Survivor for a while or maybe forever so get in while you can. We will be going to Week B 17th August to 22nd August. (N.B. event ends midnight on 21st August, we travel back the next day) Book at https://booking.soulsurvivor.com/ Costs are £102 for a place and £80 for food and travel. Speak to Bex.
Women’s Weekend Away – Yes, it’s happening. 4-6 October 2019. We have booked the Oast Houses in Sussex and a guest speaker for the weekend. Save the date, book the cat, guinea pig, house & baby sitter, block out the diary, inform your significant others that you will be away that weekend. More details on booking and payment to follow.
Branches – In this case is a home group every Monday at 7 pm. Lead by Becky B (and Abie from All Saints Peckham) this is for young adults and 18+ students. Meets in New Cross. Please contact Becky at email@example.com for more details.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Groups – If you are part of The Bear and would like to join a mid-week home group please contact email@example.com.
Giving – if you are part of The Bear, you can set up a standing order for your giving. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that we are not using Just Giving at present because of the changes to the trust.
Christmas Fundraiser – the City of London Brass Band will be playing a family concert at The Bear on Saturday 1 December to raise money for Bench Outreach. Join us for festive favourites and sing-a-long carols from 4-6pm. Refreshments available to buy. Tickets are by suggested donation (£10 adults/£3 children but all contributions welcome) from email@example.com or on the door.
Mid-Week Activities at The Bear – Half-Term
Bear Cubs – Pre-School delights on Monday, Thursday and Friday each week. See below for session times or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30 pm each week. Speak to Margaret P.
Women’s Prayer Lunch – 1 pm Wednesdays every three weeks – look out in BE for next one. Eat, chat, pray – it works.
English Fridays – offering free English lessons 1.30 pm every Friday. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Sally or email email@example.com
The Bear Diary:
Week Beginning 18 November
10 am Prayer
10.30 am Service
6. 30 pm Evening Service
10 am Bear Cubs
7 pm Branches – Home Group for YA and Students
8 pm Student Worship Night
1.30 pm Women’s Bible Study
1 pm Women’s Prayer Lunch
8 pm Home Groups
9. 30 am Finance Team
10 am Bear Cubs
1 pm Bear Cubs
8 pm Home Groups
9.30 am Bear Cubs
1. 30 pm English Fridays
Head of Fundraising at 999 Club - the 999 Club is a key charity in the borough of Lewisham addressing rough sleeping and wider homelessness. They are currently recruiting for a new Head of Fundraising. £42-45,000 pa. For a job spec and more details please email Langton Not 4 Profit firstname.lastname@example.org who are managing the recruitment. Deadline Friday 23 November 11 am (interviews 29 Nov/4 Dec). For an informal chat find Tim Fallon.
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