The Bear Essentials Week Beginning 16 July 2017

‘The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in
the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.’

Matthew 13:23
The Message


Bear Notices

BWU Film Night – ‘Hidden Figures’ showing at the Jones’ residence near Forest Hill, Friday 14 July (tonight). The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.  7.30pm start, please bring drinks and snacks. RSVP to for address if you are planning to be there. Suitable for School Year 7+.

iNET EXPO - 4-6pm Saturday 15 July at the Bear Church. iNET supports over 50 individuals and families who are seeking to serve Jesus around the globe. This is your opportunity to meet them, hear their stories and be inspired by what God is doing in diverse cultural contexts. The iNet Expo is an interactive and fun afternoon for all the family. We’ll end the afternoon with a barbeque. Speak to Iain for more details.

Sunday Morning Service – Amanda M will be replacing Richard M on the sofa this week, so expect a different point of view.  Joining her from Central Asia will be special guest Rachel, and Ruth Srodzinsky, newly returned from Egypt. Come along and pray at 10am, in the foyer or join us for a 10.30am start. And don’t forget to bring a Teddy (see non-Bear notices).

Flame Fish – It’s summer so that can only mean ice cream in the park. Please make sure you get your particular Flame Fish at church for 10.30am to avoid disappointment and any unnecessary scenes....

Evening Service  – Please book in, using the link below. This is tailored to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Deptford, providing soup followed by a service.  Please come and lend a hand. We need help cooking and setting up from 4.30pm or serving/washing up from 6pm. Everyone over 16 yrs is welcome. Click on link to book for this week and further ahead to help:  

Women’s Prayer Lunch – Wednesday 19 July 1pm at Emily A’s house in Lewisham/Blackheath. Last chance to get together, eat, chat and pray ever...well at least until September, which might feel like forever. Please bring something to eat. Contact: for more details.

Bear Cubs Summer Picnic – Emily and Kelly invite you to the Bear Cubs annual summer picnic on Friday 21 July at Greenwich Park from 10am-12pm. Meet by the bandstand. Please bring your own picnic and join them for a couple of hours. If the weather is bad there will be a normal session at the Shaftesbury Christian Centre.

Danielle and Ella in Zambia -  Intrepid adventurers and theologians, Ella and Danielle, are documenting their trip to Zambia, via blog. If you would like to keep up with their news follow the link: Please email Tracy at: for PASSWORD to access blog.

Outside Space – Just a gentle reminder to all parents/carers that if your children play behind the church and in the small garden (accessible through hall) it is at own risk. Traders use the car park space for storage, so please be aware there may be hazardous obstacles. Children should be supervised by parent/carer at all times. Any questions, please speak to Tessa.

Women’s Weekend Away – We do have some day places (limited). Full Day £40. Half Day:£25 If you would like to book a day place or go on the waiting list for a full place please make a deposit of £20. For those of you already booked for the weekend, please make the balance of payments by July (£150) For costs and more details, please speak to Emily A or contact Tracy at

English Fridays – is first to throw in the towel for the summer holidays. The books, toys and teacher have been packed away, but please chat to Iain J or Sally B if you would like to join in with the fun in September.

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: 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

Other Mid-Week Stuff – Term time only

Last week of all that term time sort of stuff, so if you’ve been thinking of joining in now’s the moment.

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

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30pm.   
Speak to Margaret or contact

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

Teddy Bears - The Bear's own Chine McDonald works for an international children's NGO called World Vision and they're running a campaign to raise awareness of a children’s crisis that almost no one has heard of which is unfolding in Uganda, as hundreds of thousands of boys and girls flee fighting and terror in South Sudan. Many end up in a vast refugee settlement called Bidi Bidi which is now the largest in the world. Every day, around a hundred children arrive at Bidi Bidi alone, with tales of murdered parents, emptied villages and lost loved ones. The children reach the settlement terrified, traumatised and with no adult relative to turn to for help. The Ugandan government, aid agencies like World Vision and the local communities are doing their best to respond but this crisis is currently almost invisible and hugely underfunded. These desperate children need far more support from the international community .On 27 July, World Vision are placing 700 teddy bears on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral for an hour to represent all the unaccompanied children arriving at Bidi Bidi that week. They hope the installation will create a powerful visual representation of the scale of the problem. Here's where you come in: do you have any unwanted teddy bears that you'd be willing to donate to the campaign? Chine's happy to pick them up at church this Sunday.

London Soul Choir - Come and support the awesome London Soul Choirs in concert this Friday night 14 July in Deptford with love band and guest artist Katie Leone (as seen with Chaka Khan and Incognito) before our performance this September opening the main stage at On Blackheath! The Bear Church, The Shaftesbury Christian Centre, Frankham Street, London SE8 4RN. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. £10/£7.50 (concessions). Tickets available on the door or from

CAP Money Management Course – Struggling to pay your bills, in debt, want to learn how to make ends meet? A free course helping you to manage your money better and teaching you how to budget, save and spend. The next course is at The Undercroft, St Hilda’s SE23 1PL Wed 20 Sept, 4/18 Oct. Contact Pauline: 07947 815995

From Holly J  - Please support KONEXIO! It is an organisation founded by a friend of mine from Paris who after working with a charity supporting refugees, recognised that many were struggling to find jobs and therefore integrate into the community because often they lacked basic computer skills. This new charity organisation aims to combat this by offering various levels of computer classes to them; from how to use a mouse, to coding and creating CVs to help them begin to rebuild their lives in France. In order to continue and have full time staff they need to raise €16 000. Please support their work and pray for Gods direction over them and for the people they reach out to!

Bearspace – BEARSPACE is pleased to present ‘Dawn Chorus’ a solo exhibition by new painter, Chris Hawtin.  On until 28 July 2017. 152 Deptford High Street, London SE8 3PQ. Open: Wed- Fri 10-3pm / Sat 10-6 pm Chris has been developing a painting style which incorporates his trademark mechanised organic forms growing out of, or invading classically painted landscapes, slipping between parallel realities of a historical landscape with the looming sci-fi, industrial and organic developments of the future, brought back to bear on a tranquil scene of the past. The paintings themselves are rich in discourse around painting and the digital, our desires around space travel and science fiction, saying more about our current society than the future we look to represent, often actually re-engaging with part of our past and reinterpreting this with future lenses, as we often look at the future as a return to an earlier state of living.

Springs Dance – Summer Course 2017. Whether you are looking for an intensive week of learning technique and repertoire, or a creative and refreshing week of dance and fellowship, this course is for you. The one-week course includes morning devotions, streamed technique classes, repertoire sessions and creative and choreographic workshops to bring dance and faith together through taught, improvised and devised work. All abilities welcome. 30 July – 4 August £165/£135 (concessions)

Dance Performance - As part of the Summer Course, Springs Dance Company will perform an evening of their unique repertoire. The evening commences with a sharing of work by the participants of the Summer Course; followed by a selection of dance works from Springs Dance Company and previous Elevate apprentices. Friday 4th August at 7.30pm, St Luke's Holloway. Tickets: £10 on the door, £8 advance or free for participants.

Beginning Sunday 16 July

10 am                  Prayer
10.30 am             Morning Service
10.30 am             Flame Fish Outing
6.30 pm               Evening Service

10 am                  Bear Cubs
12.30                   Bear Cubs Team Lunch

10 am                  Breastfeeding Workshop
1.30 pm               Women’s Bible Study

1 pm                    Women’s Prayer Lunch
8 pm                    Home Groups

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

10 am                  Bear Cubs - Picnic


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