Bear Essentials Weeks Beginning 14 & 21 April 2019

Bear Essentials

Week Beginning 14 April & 21 April 2019




You think globalization is complex?

Try explaining galacticization.


Bear Notices

Sunday Morning –  this Sunday Prayer is at 10 am in the foyer. The service starts at 10.30 am. This morning our speaker will be tackling the subject of globalization.


Youth – Years 7-9 are with Simon J and Bex upstairs in the youth room. Years 10-13 are staying in the service for the preach.


Evening Service – Please sign up to help cook, serve and wash up for this Sunday 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


Easter 2019 – our special celebrations begin on Maundy Thursday 18 April with a ‘Tenebrae’ service at The Bear from 8pm, and then our traditional Easter Sunday service (with fish) at 11am on Hilly Fields, SE4. More details from

The Brighton Marathon & The Building – Kelly H is running the Brighton Marathon on 14 April. Support her and help raise funds towards buying our building by donating on her Just Giving page:


NXDfff – The Bear will be screening ‘Inside Out’ at 2pm on Saturday 27 April and ‘Ma vie de Courgette’ at 8pm on Monday 29 April. If you want to help set up the space, welcome people at the door, serve on the bar, and/or invite friends and neighbours to either event, please speak to Tessa, Kori, Ezra, Vickie, Joe or email

The London Marathon – please note there will be no Morning Service on Sunday 28 April due to the London Marathon. Evening Services will continue as usual throughout April (14th,21st and 28th)


Branches Worship Night/ Home Group – for 18+ students and young adults. 7 pm every Monday. This week there will be a worship night at the Bear Please contact Becky at for more details.


Baptisms – will be in July. if you feel the call or wonder what it’s all about, please grab Paul A or Tessa C for a chat. Dates to be confirmed.


Deptford Ragged School Archive -  exploring & cataloguing the Deptford Ragged School Archive is underway and it's fun! We're finding out so much about our history. If you would still like to get involved, or just want to find out more, 'what actually is an archive?' the next two dates are: Saturday 6 April 9-11 am (with a chance to leave early for Psalms & Stretches) and Thursday 11 April 10 am-12 pm (in the school holidays). Everyone interested is welcome, no experience necessary. Any questions, speak to Katharine 07957766831.


The Big Lunch – is back. Bigger, Better, more Burgers…or probably the same as it was last year. 9 June 12 pm at Giffin Square. Put it in your diary. Details to follow.


Bear Men's Weekend – 28-30 June. Cottage and converted boat shed on the river Thurne in Norfolk. £65 per person (excluding travel).To book contact Daniel Alston at or 07921942903 15 years + (under 18's accompanied by parent).

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. Girls are welcome Year 11+ (from Sept). But please note there will not be a separate youth programme and girls must be accompanied by their mother/guardian.


WATCH THIS – another  theological ‘short’ from Paul A and filmmaker John F. It’s all about the Trinity, so maybe watch it three times. Or should that be once?


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:


All mid-week activities are closed until Tuesday 23 April

Bear Cubs – provide everything a wandering and wondering parent/carer and their pre-school child/children need to get through the day.
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

Bread of Life – by Springs Dance Company. Inspired by the first Easter, yet set today, the show combines movement and music in a stirring response to the invitation to ‘Come and eat’. Bursting with life, human relationship, struggle and exploding with joy, this show is a feast for all. Don’t miss your chance to see Bread of Life on its final UK tour. Christ Church East Greenwich, 20 April 6 pm.


Easy Quick and Tasty’ - GCDA  - Learn how to make quick, affordable, healthy meals at our 5-week community cookery clubs. Participants receive a FREE cookery book on completion of the course. At St Peter’s Church, Lee, SE12 8HQ starting Tuesdays, 23rd April, OR Lewisham Training Kitchen at The Green Man,355 Bromley Road, SE6 2RP starting Mondays, 13th May, OR Orchard Gardens Community Centre, Columbine Way, SE13 7LQ Starting Wednesdays, 15th May. All courses 10.30 am – 1 pm For more information please contact Fay on 0208269 4886 or email

Support Syrian Families – Trinity Vineyard Church are currently recruiting volunteers to support  Syrian Families in Greenwich.  As part of Greenwich Sanctuary Project, Greenwich Islamic Centre have a contract to support the families with settling in to the area and helping them with registering at the Doctors, enrolling at college and setting up home. Trinity are looking for people to volunteer in various roles, some specialised but not all. If you can speak Arabic, teach ESOL or are local and willing to befriend and offer knowledge on the area please contact:  or Becca on 07818486287 for more information.



The Bear Diary: Week Beginning 14 April 2019

10 am              Prayer
10.30 am         Service
6.30 pm          Evening Service

7 pm                Branches  Worship Night



8 pm                Home Groups


6.30 pm          Psalms and Stretches

8 pm                Tenebrae Service


The Bear Diary: Week Beginning 21 April 2019


11 am               Easter Service at Hilly Fields
6.30 pm            Evening Service

7 pm                 Branches  Home Group



10 am                Breast Feeding Group

1.30 pm            Women’s Bible Study



8 pm                 Home Groups


10 am              Bear Cubs

1 pm               Bear Cubs

6.30 pm          Psalms and Stretches

8 pm               Home Groups



9.30 am           Bear Cubs

1.30 pm          English Fridays



2 pm               NXDfff at The Bear


Career Coaching - Do you need to review where your career is going, change direction or get a promotion or new job?  Are you a bit stuck at work? Now is the time to do something about it!  Mary Fudge (qualified Careers Coach) is offering a Spring Offer of £40 per hour (home based session) for Careers Coaching sessions (£10 off) for anyone at The Bear.  For more details about how coaching can help go to  Email: or call 07803728055.


Room to Rent – 1 fully furnished bedroom in a 3 bed flat in Hither Green Lane, SE13. A family flatshare with room available for short-term rent from 5 May – 13 July £550 a month or £128 per week (depending on length of stay).


Psalms and Stretches – Mid -week classes are held at the Bear 6.30 pm on Thursdays £8 drop in. More info about the classes can be found at Follow on social media: @one.bodysoulspirit fb and Instagram for up to date news.


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.