Little Fish Week Beginning 30 April 2017

THE BEAR CHURCH

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience..’  Ephesians 2: 1-2 (NASB)

 Bear Notices


Morning Service – After a 2 week absence you’ll be pleased to know that this Sunday we are back in the building, hurtling into Ephesians 2 with Pastor Paul. Exhausted by watching all that running last week? This week we’re changing gear down to a walk. Please join the faithful few praying at 10am in the lobby, or arrive before 10.30am for the service start.

Sorry! - For those of you who were expecting to go on a walk and pub lunch with BWU this Sunday, this has been cancelled as there was a walk last week instead and we don’t want to over do it.

The Evening Service – tonight at 6.30pm. Please sign up to help cooking and setting up from 4.30pm or serving/washing up from 6pm. Everyone over 16 yrs is welcome to come and help. Click on link to book for next week and further ahead to help: http://tinyurl.com/qz9wrfl  

Global – Tuesday 2 May 8pm Once a month a small team of us meet to pray, ask for vision and discuss practical ways of supporting members of the Bear that work abroad. That includes friends in Central Asia, Egypt, Kurdistan and recently Wendy Power in Cambodia. If you would like to join with us and support these fantastic people, please speak to Iain or Sally.

STIG – This is Standing in the Gap for anyone who would like to spend more time worshipping and praying for all the very important stuff. Meeting on the first Monday of every month (with some easily explainable exceptions). Next one is 8 May at 8pm; if you would like to come along please speak to Sally B or contact: paul@thebear.tv


Men’s Social – Men’s social next week – drinks at a pub somewhere in New Cross. The location has not yet been disclosed. Maybe part of the social will be trying to find the right pub. 8pm Friday 5 May. Please contact: paul@thebear.tv

BWU - Making sure that all things are equal and yet gender specific, BWU will be hosting a Women’s Prayer Breakfast 9.30-11am on Saturday 6 May.  Location TBC. Are you seeing a pattern here?

BEAR MENS WEEKEND - 30 June - 2 July in Norfolk. Get away from London with other men/youth from the Bear, sail blithely on the River Thurne, (land activities available), eat copious amounts of meat (unless you’re vegetarian), make new bromances (or not) and generally chill out.  £60 for the weekend. Contact alstons@hotmail.co.uk for information without the spin and to book.

Women’s Weekend Away – OK ladies, if you want to be there, please book in. There are now 13 places left for the weekend.  Rooms are on a strictly first come first served basis. £150/adult & £130/Youth (Year 11+) Put it in your diary and pay a deposit of £50 to secure your place. For more details take a look at the website: (http://www.theoasts.co.uk) If you would like to pay in instalments contact: Tracy at info@thebear.tv to pay or for other details contact emily@thebear.tv Please let us know if you want to come!

CCTV – Please be aware that the Shaftesbury Christian Centre is now under surveillance from CCTV cameras. This is for the safety and security of all people using the Bear. If you have any concerns or would like more information please speak to Paul A or email: paul@thebear.tv. Thanks

Home Groups – meet at various times and places. If you are new to the Bear (or not) and would like to be part of a home group please contact iain@thebear.tv.

Location, Location – Richard, Amanda and Livvy, working in Central Asia, are looking for empty houses to stay in during the summer, while they visit  the Bear and friends in London.  6th July - 17th July & 21st - 26th July. They are a lovely family, perfectly house trained.  If you are able to help please can you contact iain@thebear.tv

Other Mid-Week Stuff –

Bear Cubs - Mondays, (10-12) Thursdays (10-12 & 1-3) and Fridays (9.30-11.30) in 2017. For pre-school children and their parent/carers. Educational activities, stories, dress up, free play and some stuff for the children too. For details contact emily@thebear.tv

English Fridays – teaching English to anyone who wants to learn a bit more. Fridays 1.30-3pm Informal childcare provided. To come along or to volunteer contact iain@thebear.tv

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30pm.   
It will be closed on 4th and 11th April for Easter holidays, returning on Tues 18th April. Contact info@thebear.tv

Text Giving – If you would like to give to the Bear, you can set up a standing order or if you would prefer to give by phone Text Number: 70070 In message write Deep21 followed by amount you’d like to give, e.g. Deep21 10.00. You’ll then get a text back with an option to gift aid.

Non-Bear Notices

Cry Walk – the 11th annual fund raising London Bridges Walk is on Sunday 9 July. CRY is a charity, which works to support families who have lost young people and to save lives by raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Death. Amanda and Livvy, will be walking to raise money in memory of Joseph who died last year. If you would like to join them register at http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/bridges-walk/

Bearspace – art gallery present ‘MESSENGER’ with artists, Ed Harper, Dominic Bradnum, Melissa Burn
21 April- 27 May 2017. 152-4, SE8 3PQ. Deptford High Street. Join us for the private view Friday 28 April 6.30pm-8.30pm. ‘MESSENGER looks at the interplay between the artist and its subject in this case an everyday interaction with their landscape as the focus for their work.’




Beginning Sunday 30 April


Sunday      
10 am                  Prayer
10.30 am             Morning Service
6 pm                    NO EVENING SERVICE

Monday
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

Tuesday
10 am                   Breastfeeding Workshop
1.30 pm                Women’s Bible Study


Wednesday
8 pm                    Home Groups

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

Friday
10 am                   Bear Cubs
1.30 pm                English Fridays
8 pm                     Men’s Drinks

Saturday
9.30 am                 Women’s Breakfast


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Little Fish Friday 21 April - Friday 28 April 2017

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally..’  

 

1 Corinthians 9: 24-25 (The Message)

 Bear Notices

LFW – Welcome back to everyone. Please note that the Bear is CLOSED on 23 April. We might not be meeting this Sunday at the Bear, but there’s plenty happening and lots of opportunities to meet together over the weekend and next week. So please do peruse and choose from the list below.  

SOUND/INET at the Bear – a youth event TONIGHT Friday 21 April 7pm, at the Bear, launching short-term teams for Summer 2018.  An INET/SOUND event, hosted by the Bear, with speaker Jim Yost.  Please contact Bex or Iain for more details.

Men’s Breakfast – All men and boys welcome to tuck in to traditional breakfast fare at Maggie’s Café THIS Saturday 22 April at 8.30am. Contact: paul@thebear.tv

NXDFFF – Kung-Fu Panda! We will be opening the Bear for a FREE showing of Kung-Fu Panda THIS Saturday  at 11am (doors open 10.30/45) With a PG rating this one is fun for all ages. Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase before the film. Make sure everyone knows....

Sunday Morning – It’s London Marathon Week, so that means NO MORNING SERVICE at the Bear this Sunday. For anyone who would still like to gather and support the runners, meet at 10.30 am at the Evelyn Street end of the High Street.

Walk and Picnic – at Shorne Woods THIS Sunday 23 April. Shorne Wood is a country park with woodland walks, outdoor play areas for children and a café.  Meet in the car park at 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome.  Address Kent Downs AONB, Brewers Rd, Shorne, Gravesend DA12 3HX Bring a packed lunch or grab snacks at the café and shop. Contact: emily@thebear.tv for more details.

The Evening Service – Each week we welcome to the Bear those who are coping with homelessness, addictions and extremely difficult life situations. It’s the first Sunday of the month, so no evening service this week, but the kitchen will be open again on 9 April. We need help cooking and setting up next week from 4.30pm or serving/washing up from 6pm. Everyone over 16 yrs is welcome to come and help. Click on link to book for next week and further ahead to help: http://tinyurl.com/qz9wrfl  

NXDFF - Following on from Kung-Fu Panda we will be showing SPOTLIGHT (15) Tuesday 25 April. This one is suitable for adults and youth 15+. (Bring ID) The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm showing. Bar with drinks and snacks to purchase.  This is a great opportunity to open our doors, meet our neighbours and share our vision. Speak to Ezra or Tessa or contact tessa@thebear.tv For more details about the festival go to: www.freefilmfestivals.org

Women’s Prayer Lunch – Wednesday 26 April 1pm at Claire C’s home in Brockley. If you’ve not been before it’s a way to meet other women at the Bear, eat lunch together, chat and pray. Claire will make some soup, but please bring a lunch item to share. Speak to Claire or contact emily@thebear.tv for address and details.

Global – Tuesday 2 May 8pm Once a month a small team of us meet to pray, ask for vision and discuss practical ways of supporting members of the Bear that work abroad. That includes friends in Central Asia, Egypt, Kurdistan and recently Wendy Power in Cambodia. If you would like to join with us and support these fantastic people, please speak to Iain or Sally.

In the diary –
There will be a men’s social next week – drinks at a pub in New Cross (location tbc) 8pm Friday 5 May.
Making sure that all things are equal and yet gender specific, BWU will be hosting a Women’s Prayer Breakfast 9.30-11am on Saturday 6 May.  More details to follow.


BEAR MENS WEEKEND - 30 June - 2 July in Norfolk. Get away from London with other men/youth from the Bear, sail blithely on the River Thurne, (land activities available), eat copious amounts of meat (unless you’re vegetarian), make new bromances (or not) and generally chill out.  £60 for the weekend. Contact alstons@hotmail.co.uk for information without the spin and to book.

Women’s Weekend Away – OK ladies, if you want to be there, please book in. There are now 14 places left for the weekend.  Rooms are on a strictly first come first served basis. £150/adult & £130/Youth (Year 11+) Put it in your diary and pay a deposit of £50 to secure your place. For more details take a look at the website: (http://www.theoasts.co.uk) If you would like to pay in instalments contact: Tracy at info@thebear.tv to pay or for other details contact emily@thebear.tv Please let us know if you want to come!

CCTV – Please be aware that the Shaftesbury Christian Centre is now under surveillance from CCTV cameras. This is for the safety and security of all people using the Bear. If you have any concerns or would like more information please speak to Paul A or email: paul@thebear.tv. Thanks

Home Groups – meet at various times and places. If you are new to the Bear (or not) and would like to be part of a home group please contact iain@thebear.tv.

Location, Location – Richard, Amanda and Livvy, working in Central Asia, are looking for empty houses to stay in during the summer, while they visit  the Bear and friends in London.  6th July - 17th July & 21st - 26th July. They are a lovely family, perfectly house trained.  If you are able to help please can you contact iain@thebear.tv

Other Mid-Week Stuff –

Bear Cubs - Mondays, (10-12) Thursdays (10-12 & 1-3) and Fridays (9.30-11.30) in 2017. For pre-school children and their parent/carers. Educational activities, stories, dress up, free play and some stuff for the children too. For details contact emily@thebear.tv

English Fridays – teaching English to anyone who wants to learn a bit more. Fridays 1.30-3pm Informal childcare provided. To come along or to volunteer contact iain@thebear.tv

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30pm.   It will be closed on 4th and 11th April for Easter holidays, returning on Tues 18th April.
Contact info@thebear.tv

Text Giving – If you would like to give to the Bear, you can set up a standing order or if you would prefer to give by phone Text Number: 70070 In message write Deep21 followed by amount you’d like to give, e.g. Deep21 10.00. You’ll then get a text back with an option to gift aid.

Non-Bear Notices

Cry Walk – the 11th annual fund raising London Bridges Walk is on Sunday 9 July. CRY is a charity, which works to support families who have lost young people and to save lives by raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Death. Amanda and Livvy, will be walking to raise money in memory of Joseph who died last year. If you would like to join them register at http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/bridges-walk/

Bearspace – art gallery present ‘MESSENGER’ with artists, Ed Harper, Dominic Bradnum, Melissa Burn
21 April- 27 May 2017. 152-4, SE8 3PQ. Deptford High Street. Join us for the private view Friday 28 April 6.30pm-8.30pm. ‘MESSENGER looks at the interplay between the artist and its subject in this case an everyday interaction with their landscape as the focus for their work.’


Beginning Friday 21 April

Friday
7pm                     SOUND (Youth Event)

Saturday            
8.30 am                Men’s Breakfast at Maggie’s Cafe
11 am                   NXDFF – Kung Fu Panda           


Sunday      
No morning Service - Marathon
12.30 pm             Picnic and Walk at Shorne Wood
6.30 pm               Evening Service

Monday
10 am                   Bear Cubs
12.30 pm              Finance Team
8 pm                     Bear Leadership Team

Tuesday
10 am                   Breastfeeding Workshop
1.30 pm                Women’s Bible Study
7.30 pm                NXDFF - Spotlight

Wednesday
1 pm                    Women’s Prayer Lunch
8 pm                    Home Groups

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

Friday
10 am                   Bear Cubs
1.30 pm                English Fridays



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MARATHON SUNDAY - THE BEAR IS CLOSED THIS SUNDAY 23 APRIL

Please note that the Bear Church is closed this Sunday 23 April. However, if you would like to join us on a picnic and walk at Shorne Wood Country Park meet in the car park at 12.30pm. There are woodland walks, extensive play areas, a cafe and a shop. Brewers Rd, Shorne, Gravesend DA12 3HX. Contact emily@thebear.tv for details.

Little Fish Week Beginning 2 & 9 April 2017

THE BEAR CHURCH

‘Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.’  

Ephesians 2: 19-20

Bear Notices

LFW – is off! Just for a week though and back on 16 April. Wishing you a very Happy Easter. Remember it’s ok to put all your eggs in one basket.

Sunday Morning – Money March is over, but as in the words of a certain infamous character, ‘It will be back!’ For those of you who weren’t able to make it this month, three of the talks are on the webpage. Catch up if you can in the comfort of your own home, without the beady eye of the speaker on you. This week we’re taking a whole different turn as we welcome Chine MacDonald to talk to us about race and reconciliation in the community, so push back the curtain and see what’s occurring.

Next Sunday 9 April – a more practical session on contemplative prayer and hearing from God, based on Jesus’ words at the last supper.

The Evening Service – Each week we welcome to the Bear those who are coping with homelessness, addictions and extremely difficult life situations. It’s the first Sunday of the month, so no evening service this week, but the kitchen will be open again on 9 April. We need help cooking and setting up next week from 4.30pm or serving/washing up from 6pm. Everyone over 16 yrs is welcome to come and help. Click on link to book for next week and further ahead to help: http://tinyurl.com/qz9wrfl  

Half-Light – Well done to everyone on the creative, admin and serving teams, performers, and to you for being there. Another marvellous musical evening. £1053 was raised for Save the Children towards their work with Syrian refugees.

Easter Holidays – school holidays start 3 April, so no Bear Cubs, English Fridays, Women’s Bible Study or Prayer Lunch. All back in full force from Tuesday 18 April.

Easter Services:
Tenebrae service - Maundy Thursday 13 April at 7pm.
Tenebrae is Latin for ‘shadows’ so I think you get the picture. For more details speak to Alex L or Tessa.

Easter Service -  Easter Day 16 April  10.30 am on Hilly Fields
We will as usual be on Hilly Fields (near the Stone Circle) celebrating with worship, fish, chocolate and probably something for the children to bash. Coats and umbrellas de rigueur. 10.30 am.


Overseas Youth Teams 2018 – an event at the Bear, launching short-term youth teams for Summer 2018.  Friday 21 April 7pm. An INET/SOUND event, hosted by the Bear. More details to follow. See Iain/Bex.

NXDFFF – the next Free Film Festival starts in April (www.freefilmfestivals.org) and The Bear will be showing Kung Fu Panda on Saturday 21st and Spotlight on Tuesday 25th. This is a great opportunity to open our doors, meet our neighbours and share our vision. If you have any questions, want to know more or would love to get involved speak to Ezra or Tessa or contact tessa@thebear.tv

BEAR MENS WEEKEND - 30 June - 2 July in Norfolk. Get away from London with other men/youth from the Bear, sail blithely on the River Thurne, (land activities available), eat copious amounts of meat (unless you’re vegetarian), make new bromances (or not) and generally chill out.  £60 for the weekend. Contact alstons@hotmail.co.uk for information without the spin and to book.

Women’s Weekend Away – OK ladies, if you want to be there, please book in. There are now 15 places left for the weekend.  Rooms are on a strictly first come first served basis. £150/adult & £130/Youth (Year 11+) Put it in your diary and pay a deposit of £50 to secure your place. For more details take a look at the website: (http://www.theoasts.co.uk) If you would like to pay in instalments contact: Tracy at info@thebear.tv to pay or for other details contact emily@thebear.tv Please let us know if you want to come!

CCTV – Please be aware that the Shaftesbury Christian Centre is now under surveillance from CCTV cameras. This is for the safety and security of all people using the Bear. If you have any concerns or would like more information please speak to Paul A or email: paul@thebear.tv. Thanks

Home Groups – meet at various times and places. If you are new to the Bear (or not) and would like to be part of a home group please contact iain@thebear.tv.

Location, Location – Richard, Amanda and Livvy, working in Central Asia, are looking for empty houses to stay in during the summer, while they visit  the Bear and friends in London.  6th July - 17th July & 21st - 26th July. They are a lovely family, perfectly house trained.  If you are able to help please can you contact iain@thebear.tv

Other Mid-Week Stuff – closed Monday 3 April – Monday 17 April

Bear Cubs - Mondays, (10-12) Thursdays (10-12 & 1-3) and Fridays (9.30-11.30) in 2017. For pre-school children and their parent/carers. Educational activities, stories, dress up, free play and some stuff for the children too. For details contact emily@thebear.tv

English Fridays – teaching English to anyone who wants to learn a bit more. Fridays 1.30-3pm Informal childcare provided. To come along or to volunteer contact iain@thebear.tv

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30pm.   
It will be closed on 4th and 11th April for Easter holidays, returning on Tues 18th April. Contact info@thebear.tv
 

Text Giving – If you would like to give to the Bear, you can set up a standing order or if you would prefer to give by phone Text Number: 70070 In message write Deep21 followed by amount you’d like to give, e.g. Deep21 10.00. You’ll then get a text back with an option to gift aid.

Non-Bear Notices

Cry Walk – the 11th annual fund raising London Bridges Walk is on Sunday 9 July. CRY is a charity, which works to support families who have lost young people and to save lives by raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Death. Amanda and Livvy, will be walking to raise money in memory of Joseph who died last year. If you would like to join them register at http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/bridges-walk/


Week Beginning 2 April

Sunday      
10 am                   Prayer
10.30 am              Service
No Evening Service

Wednesday
8 pm                     Home Groups

Thursday       
8 pm                     Home Groups


Week Beginning 9 April

Sunday
10 am                     Prayer
10.30 am                Service
6.30 pm                  Evening Service

Wednesday
8 pm                       Home Groups

Thursday            
7 pm                        Tenebrae Service

Easter Sunday
10.30 am                 Easter Celebration at Hilly Fields



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Food Processor – urgently required for the evening service. No processor means very lumpy soup! If you happen to have one that is gathering dust please contact: brigitte@benchoutreach.com or mail@bill-green.co.uk

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