Bear Essentials Week Beginning 15 September 2019

Bear Essentials

8 - 13 September 2019

‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’ 

Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

Bear Notices 

Bear Building Community Engagement –  tomorrow Saturday 14 Sept (10 am – 12 pm) final drop in at The Bear to answer questions and hear concerns. Come and help if you can! 

Speak to any of the leadership team if you need more information for prayer or how to give. Please email if you want to help.

Sunday Set-up – this month’s home group are short of a hand or two. If you are able to help please come early (9.30am) or after the service to serve drinks, wash up etc. 


Sunday Morning – Paul will continue speaking on the ‘anchor for the soul’ Hebrews 6:19. Last time he was lost at sea in a dinghy; this time he tells us how he survived three years marooned on a remote island. Prayer at 10 am and 10.30 am for the service. 

Youth -School years 7-9 will be at Costa with Shantha and Kory. Years 10-13 will be in the youth room with Bex and Ben – ‘Inspiring Relationships.’ This will go through to 1.30 pm with lunch (Meatballs and Dime Cake). 

Evening Service – If you would like to help this week with cooking, serving or washing-up, please email Richard at or sign up at

Branches – a Monday night home group for 18+ students and young adults. 7 pm. Please contact Becky at for more details


Bear Building Fund – thanks to all the cake sales and gifts our target is now £45,000. Please keep praying for the money, for planning permission, grants and the like to flow in for the project development and for all the team working closely on this.  Feel free to deposit money into the Bear account HSBC Sort: 40-02-25 Account: 21361317. Make sure you reference it for the building and let me know at

Beg, Borrow and Use – but never steal. This is a polite (I hope) request to kindly (I hope again) ask that if you need to use anything e.g. PA equipment, chairs, kitchen/cleaning equipment/anything else or to use the hall/office space, then please make sure you email’s Tracy) first. Thanks.


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:


Heritage Open Days -  (England's largest festival of heritage & culture): As part of this we're showcasing the Deptford Ragged School Archive, Saturday September 21st 13:30-17:00. More info: or speak to Katharine 07957766831. You can get involved by:

  • Helping: If you can help on the day for an hour or more, chatting to people, serving refreshments, please contact Katharine 07957766831

  • Visiting: pop in & discover the stories, people & buildings of our history. Bring friends.

Be Still – Two mornings of Art and Prayer, at the Bear, led by Nadine C. Each morning will have a different theme and art focus. 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. 50% of profits will go to the BBF. Book in on Eventbrite if you search for Be Still at the Bear Church. 
Be Still at The Bear   

NB Women’s Weekend Away – 4 - 6 October 2019. Please pay your balances for the weekend away £165. There are THREE places left. Please email Tracy at If you would like to come for the day on Saturday -  £45 including lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal.

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. A parent or carer should supervise children 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 and Fridays (see below for session times). For pre-school children and their parent/carers. An oasis of play, educational activity and good coffee. See Emily A or Tessa C for more information.

English Fridays – a relaxed language class for the community. Snacks and informal crèche provided. To help please speak to Sally B or Iain J. Fridays 1.30 pm.

Women’s Bible Study – Study and pray Tuesdays 1.30 pm. See Margaret P.

Non-Bear Notices

Psalms and Stretches – an exercise class that combines exercise with meditation, using verses from the book of Psalms. Thursday classes starting 19 September 6.30-7.30 pm,  £8 per session or £30 for all five sessions. 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 on

Quaggy Quilters’ 2019 Exhibition –now there’s a BE first - Saturday 21 September 10.30 am-4 pm at St Margaret’s Church, Blackheath, SE13 5DL. Admission £3 Under 16’s free when accompanied. For more details contact Carol: 07946 686577

The Turning (Mission to London) – starting 21 September 10 am – 8 pm at Westminster Chapel, SWE 6BS. With guest speakers Bill Johnson (Bethel Church, California) and Yinka Oyekan. An opportunity to gather together for worship, teaching, outreach and ministry followed by a week of sharing Jesus on the streets throughout London. The nearest local hub is based at Wells Community Church, (Camberwell), All Saints Peckham and the New Covenant Church in Old Kent Road. In the mornings there will be training and outreach and evenings worship. Sunday and Monday evenings are at the Well. Dave W is leading worship on the Sunday so speak to him or Michele for more details. The 21st is a seated event so book tickets through Eventbrite: TheTurning


The Bear Diary: Week 15 - 21 Sept

10 am                Prayer
10:30 am           Service
6.30 pm.            Evening Service


10 am               Bear Cubs
7 pm                 Branches

8 pm                 Trustees Meeting

1.30 pm            Women’s Bible Study

8 pm                 Home Groups


10 am               Bear Cubs
1 pm                 Bear Cubs
6.30 pm            Psalms & Stretches
8 pm                 Home Groups

9.30 am            Bear Cubs
1.30 pm            English Fridays



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.