Bear Essentials Week Beginning 20 October 2019

Bear Essentials

Week Beginning 20 October 2019

So do not throw away your confidence;

 it will be richly rewarded.’

Hebrews 10:35

Bear Notices 



Sunday Morning Service – for everyone who is not away on a half-term holiday it’s business as usual at the Bear with Paul A/Hugh S doing everything. Please do join them. Prayer at 10 am and 10.30 am for the start.


Youth - Years 7-13 are all staying in the service this Sunday.


Evening Service – 6.30 pm for the service. 4.30 pm to help cook and 6 pm to serve. If you would like to help this or next week with cooking, serving or washing-up, please email Richard at or sign up at


Branches Worship Night –  for 18+ students and young adults. 7 pm at The Bear. Please contact Becky at for more details.


These Boots Were Made For... – walking next Friday afternoon, 25 October. Join Bex, Iain and Tracy on a ‘try it out’ walk - not a ‘try out’ - on part of the Herne Bay to Deptford route (see the 175th Anniversary Celebrations below). If you’d like to join us please contact We’re thinking of walking about 3-hours or so. There are bound to be refreshment breaks.


It’s Not The AGM –  but there will be a business matters update during the service on Sunday 3 November. Please don’t arrange to be away if you want to experience the great joy that is the Financial Report for 2018/19 and news on the Building Project. So many capitals it must be important.


Psalms and Stretches – meditation and exercise Saturday 3 November 10.45 am at The Bear. For all the ladies that squashed in to sample Ps & St at the Women’s Weekend Away – and for everyone who didn’t – there’s another chance to stretch a bit further without sticking a foot or anything else into someone’s face. Please bring a mat and/or towel, £5+ and wear comfy clothes. To find out more, contact Ruth C and for details of Thursday classes see non-Bear notices. Profits go to BBF.


175th Anniversary Celebration  - of the opening of the Deptford Ragged School. 1 December. Please save the date.  The event will be preceded by a 3-day sponsored walk from Herne Bay to Deptford (28 – 30 Nov). On 30 November we will be walking from the Thames Barrier to Deptford; an opportunity for everyone to join in.


Happy 20th Birthday Bear Cubs - On Friday 8 November 4-5.30 pm.  Bear Cubs will be hosting a celebration for Bear Cubs families past and present. If you would like to help set up, clear up, serve in the kitchen and generally be around to welcome and make it all work, please email 


Be Still – a morning of Art and Prayer, at the Bear, led by Nadine C. 30 November - 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. 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  (Please note that the 2 Nov event has been cancelled.)


Save the Dates for the following (more details to follow):


Jumble Sale – Saturday 7 December (morning) at The Bear. Will include everything and anything. Save up all your quality items to give away and bring to the Bear from 2 December. All profits to go to the Bear Building Fund. See Brigitte G or Kelly G.


Christmas Cracker – the Bear’s Christmas sing-a-long, extravaganza. One to bring friends and family to. Sunday 22 December at 3.30 pm.

Christmas Day Service - 10.30 am. Done and dusted in an hour.

Bear Building Fund – We now have about £36,000 for the BFF. It’s amazing to see the money coming in. Thank you so much for your prayers and your giving. We still need another £49,000 to secure the purchase and cover legal fees. Please keep praying 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. Thanks, Tracy

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 to email 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:


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:

Please note that this week,  English Fridays and the Women’s Bible Study group all take a sneaky half-term break.


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 1.30-3pm.

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 movement with meditation, using verses from the book of Psalms. To stretch, strengthen, relax and refocus. Thursdays 6.30pm-7.30pm. Cost £8 per session, or block booking discount available. Follow @psalmsandstretches on social media, or email Ruth Carpenter:


The Bear Diary: Week  Beginning 20 October

10 am              Prayer
10.30 am         Service
6.30 pm           Evening Service


7 pm                Branches Worship Night


Wednesday & Thursday

8 pm                Home Groups


1 pm                Try It Out Walk…


Hill Station Café – require a Kitchen Cook to join the team. 35 hours per week £10.55 per hour. Previous experience required. £10.55 per hour. For more details contact Jacqui


London Borough of Culture - Please help make Lewisham the London Borough of Culture 2021. 32 London boroughs are bidding for £1.3M of funding to stage a programme of cultural events & initiatives. This could be a great source of funding for the Deptford Ragged School Archive, bringing amazing opportunities for Lewisham Borough. Back the bid! Details in this link. Thanks, Katharine


Good Food Lewisham - network meeting Wednesday 13 November

2 pm – 4 pm at Lewisham College, Lewisham Way SE4 1UT. Special Focus: How to set up and run a community meal, with updates on what’s happening in the borough, news about waste and recycling and up and coming special events.

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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.