Bear Essentials Week Beginning 9 December 2018

Bear Essentials Week Beginning 9 December 2018

‘And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.’

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

Bear Notices

Sunday Morning Service – sadly Bishop Karowei is in hospital so is unable to speak to us this Sunday. Please pray for a quick recovery. Paul A is stepping in and will continue where he left off last week in Ephesians. All are welcome to pray before the service at 10 am in the foyer or if necessary from your bed. The service starts at 10.30 am.


Youth – This week Yrs. 7-9 will be upstairs decorating a Christmas Box during the service. What else? Yrs. 10-13 will be staying in for the preach.

 Christmas Gifts - After the service the entrepreneurial Electric Eels will be selling some fabulous decorations in aid of the Bear building fund. Please bring lots of change,  they might not let you leave without buying at least one!

Sunday Evening – 9 December. Please sign up 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.

 Women’s Prayer Lunch – for all women at the Bear. Wednesday 12 December 1-3 pm. The last one for 2018 so time to get festive with soup, snacks, chat and prayer. Bring yourself, something for the table and enjoy. It’s at Rachel T’s…or is it at Tessa’s or maybe Anne’s? Contact: Emily for the correct answer or listen carefully to the notices on Sunday.

Children & Youth Workers TrainingSaturday 19 January 2019 from 2-4pm at The Bear – safeguarding training for all of us on kids and youth teams. Please put the date in your (new) diary.  More details and RSVP to Tessa

NXDfff – the next New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival will take place in April 2019. Should The Bear join in? How can we all get involved? What would we screen? Could we ever top Paddington? Why all the questions?? Contact if you want to know more.

 Christmas is a-comin’ :

Sunday 16 December – 10.30 am. All Age Christmas shebang at the Bear.

Christmas Sing-A-Long – enjoy the spectacle of our building becoming a 3D Advent Calendar ready for Sunday 23 December 3.30 pm. This is our  Bear Church ‘invite everyone you know’ Christmas event. Rehearsals are in full swing. Come and sing all the songs represented by the boxes, enjoy festive activities, snacks and fun, all to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Day – We will join with St John’s, Deptford (on Lewisham Way) for a short Christmas morning service 10.30 am.

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 Bex
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. Save the date, book the cat, guinea pig, house & baby sitter, block out the diary, inform your significant others that you will be away that weekend. The cost will be around about £165 (tbc) for adults with a discount on youth places. There are only 40 places. If you need to spread the cost out please email or speak to me (Tracy).

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:
Paul A

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.

Non-Bear Notices
Carol Singing – Please come and join St Peter’s Church Brockley to sing carols at Little Nan’s, Arches 13-15 in Deptford Market Yard SE8 4BX on Tuesday 11 December at 7 pm.

Mid-Week Activities at The Bear:

 It’s time to put the toys, whiteboard, Bibles and soup away for 2018. Look out for start dates in 2019.

Bear Cubs – Christmas parties all week but only for those lucky few who booked in advance. See below for session times or email for more details.
Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30 pm each week. This week 11 January is your last chance for the year, returning 8 January. Speak to Margaret P.
Women’s Prayer Lunch – 1 pm Wednesdays – see above for this week.

English Fridays – ends 14 December. Offering free English lessons 1.30 pm every Friday. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Sally or email

The Bear Diary:

Week Beginning  9 December

10 am               Prayer
10.30 am          Service

12 pm               Electric Eels Craft Sale
6.30 pm            Evening Service

10 am              Bear Cubs Christmas Party
7 pm                Branches – Home Group for YA and Students
8 pm                Leaders/Trustees ‘meet’
1.30 pm          Women’s Bible Study

7 pm               Carol Singing in Deptford

(see non-Bear Notices)


1 pm               Women’s Prayer Lunch

8 pm               Home Groups

8 pm               Christmas Rehearsal

10 am              Bear Cubs Christmas Party
1 pm                Bear Cubs Christmas Party
6.30 pm           Psalms and Stretches
8 pm                Home Groups
8 pm               Carpenter Youth Home Group

9.30 am           Bear Cubs Christmas Party
1. 30 pm          English Fridays

Guinea Pigs -  aren’t just for Christmas, but do make a lovely Advent present. A free pair of 5/6 week, very cute cavies, fully house trained - will wee anywhere - ready for a new home. Speak soon to Tracy or Iain if you’re interested.

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