Bear Essentials Friday 18 January - Friday 25 January 2019

Bear Essentials Week Beginning 20 January

‘..and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.’

Ephesians 6:19

Bear Notices

February Set Up Team – We still need a crack team of welcoming, chair stacking, biscuit buying, coffee making, loo-roll replacing, all round good eggs to set up for morning services all through February. If you are not already part of a home group and would like to help everyone out, please contact:

Sunday Morning –  What do you have to say this morning? Our speaker will be getting inspiration from Ephesians 6. 10 am for prayer, 10.30 am in your seats for the service.

Youth On Sunday – this week there will be a ‘safeguarding’ theme for Years 7-9 at Costa with Shantha. Years 10-13 are in the Youth Room with Hugh and Bex talking about ‘Inspiring Relationships.’ (Until 12.15 pm).

 Evening Service – Sign up for Sunday and ahead to help 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 or sign up at

Branches – Lead by Becky B (and Abie from All Saints Peckham) is for young adults and 18+ students. Meets every week on Monday at 7 pm. in New Cross. Please contact Becky at for more details.
History Makers - Fancy learning a new skill? The Deptford Ragged School Archive, held by the Bear dates from 1844 and the plan is to catalogue it and make it publicly available. If you would like to help do this, giving as much or as little time as you are able, training will be happening 2-4 pm Saturday 19 Jan at The Bear, run by an Exhibitions Officer from the British Library. It will also be a chance to begin to explore the amazing stories held in the archive. I¹m looking for a few volunteers to help with this. For more info speak to Katharine 07957766831

Frock Swap – a new year dress exchange to help fundraise for the Bear Building Fund. Friday 8 Feb at The Bear, 7.30 – 10 pm. The Deal: bring garments to sell, you decide the price, with half the profits going to you and half to the BBF. Good quality pressed clothes for men/women/teens. Accessories also welcome. No entry fees, but donated items are very welcome. A goodwill bar will be open too. All profits to BFF. Please see the very lovely flyer attached to this email. Speak to Ruth S, Bex or Rachel V for more details.

NXDfff – The Bear will be screening our cinematic contribution as part of the New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival in April 2019... but what will it be? If you couldn’t make the meeting but would still like to be involved, please contact

Box Set Binge – 3 short films by John F, Paul A and Adam G. Hefty themes made into bite-size chunks, the first three in a series to help people talk about faith and religion and so on…
Watch them in Homegroups and youth groups - before discussing whatever they provoke:

Soul Survivor 2019 – This will be the last Soul Survivor ever 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 Costs are £102 for a place and £80 for food and travel. Speak to Bex or email

Women’s Weekend Away – 4-6 October 2019 at the Oast Houses in Sussex. Guest Speaker will be Rosie Amess, curate at St Paul’s Cheltenham. The cost will be around about £165 (tbc) for adults with a discount on youth places. There are only 40 places. the bank is now open for deposits of £50 to secure your place. If you need to spread the cost talk to me (Tracy) or email It’s a strictly first come, first served basis so don’t miss out if you want to join us.

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 – provide everything a wandering and wondering parent/carer and their pre-school child/children need to get through the day.
Prayer Lunch – Look out for dates and venues. For all women who like to lunch, chat and pray.
Women’s Bible Study – 1.30 pm Tuesdays at the Bear. Speak to Margaret P.
English Fridays – ESOL teaching, free childcare and interesting international snacks. See Iain J or Sally B if you would like to help with hosting, children or teaching.

Non-Bear Notices
Sound -  kicks-off in February with a 3-part series on Genesis exploring the seven days of creation with guest speakers and our youth-led team. Dates for the diary: 7.30 pm on Fridays 8 Feb, 8 March, 12 April, at Hope Centre, 118 Malham Road, Forest Hill, SE23 1AN. If you’re a young person (13-19 yrs old) or a youth leader and are interested in being part of our team - get in touch with ( We’d love to see more involvement from the breadth of Transform Network churches.

Curry on the Go – INET’s annual curry evening at the Bear 7.30 26 February. Come and be inspired by Pippa and Ewen. Prayer, stories and curry obviously. Speak to Iain for more details.

Psalms and Stretches - Weekly classes start Thursday 10 January at 6.30pm. 6 week course £36 or £8 drop-in. for info

 LEWISHAM STREET, SCHOOL & PRAYER PASTORS -  Re-Commissioning Service 2019 10 February 2019 4 pm at St John The Baptist 353, Bromley Road, SE6  2RP Lewisham Street Pastors have been patrolling the streets for over 10 years, listening, caring and helping those people found out and about during the early hours.   The Recommissioning Service is an opportunity to tell stories of what’s been happening and recruit new people to this exciting and essential work. Rev Les Isaac OBE, founder of Street Pastors, will be speaking.  http:/

Bearspace Presents - ‘The Structure of Things’ takes inspiration from works by printmaker Misa Gott, sculptor Vic Wright & cut paper ensembles by Dionne Cole.  These artists explore a sense of geometry and structure relating to the building blocks of natural things.  They translate these through their use of materials into something beautiful & ‘designed’ representing the ephemeral, as though a natural building block were suspended in time and position in the process of becoming. 18 Jan – 16 Feb Wednesday-Friday 10 am – 3 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 6 pm. 152, Deptford High Street SE8 3PQ

The Bear Diary:
Week Beginning 20 January 2019

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                 BLT/Trustees

10 am              Breastfeeding Group
1.30 pm           Bible Study
8 pm                Home Groups

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

9.30 am           Bear Cubs


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