Bear Essentials Week Beginning 25 February 2018

THE BEAR Essentials

   ‘ Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.’

Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

‘In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’

John 1: 1 (NIV)

Bear Notices

February Set-Up – We’re still in February folks, so that means we need help again with set-up and particularly set-down. Please could you let me know if you can help this week – Thanks, Tracy.

Sunday Morning 25 February – this morning we are continuing our journey together understanding what it means to live on the word of God and by the light that word gives us. I feel an Amy Grant song coming on... Prayer is at 10am in the foyer and as always 10.30am in your seats please. Children’s groups will run as usual.

Youth – this Sunday Youth School Years 10-13 will be upstairs with Tim and Julie. Years 7-9, please bring some money for a coffee as you will be going to Costa!

The Evening Service  – Please support the team by getting involved if you can. Book in to help using the link below. This service aims to reach out to the most vulnerable people in our area by way of a bowl of soup, cake and short service. We need help with cooking and set up from 4.30pm or serving/washing up from 6pm. Everyone over 16 yrs is welcome. Speak to one of the team for more info: Declan, Brigitte, Margaret, Richard, Karen to name a few. Click on link and further ahead to help:  

Road Closures Sunday 4 March – the London Half Marathon will be passing through Deptford, and many roads will be closed for the morning. Please allow extra time to get to The Bear, maybe leave your car at home if you live near enough. Tim, Declan, Kelly (Bear Cubs) and Annalisa (ex Bear) are all running – let’s hear it for them and their chosen charities!

Home Group Leaders – meet on Monday 26 February at 8 pm at Iain and Tracy’s home. If you are confused about what this means and whether you are one or whether it should be Home Group or House Group, please contact He will explain everything.

GLOBAL – a hidden treasure that we’d love more people to know about it. Tuesday 27 February 8pm. Praying and looking out for those lovely people who are part of the Bear, but happen to be living in other countries, like Wendy in Cambodia, Ewen and Pippa and Amanda and Richard in Central Asia and Rachel in Kurdistan. If you would like to get involved or know more, please contact or speak to Sally B.

Student Worship Night – These are becoming a regular feature this year and that’s a good thing. 7.30 pm at The Bear Saturday 3 March. Organised by Becky B,  for post 16 students – 25 years. If you’d like to know more please contact

Stress Workshop – run by Becky B for 18+ Students. At The Bear Wednesday 7 March 3-5 pm. Based on CBT, offering practical strategies and relaxation techniques to manage stress. This is a FREE event, but please email to book.

Get On The Good Foot – live music at The Bear on Saturday 10 March. Featuring some of our top dance music talent, the gig has been organised to support John F and Kelly H running the London Marathon. Tickets £10/£8 from (search ‘Get On The Good Foot’) All profit goes to John and Kelly’s chosen charities - Bench Outreach and the London Community Foundation. Flyer is attached to send on to friends and family. If you are able to help out on the night behind the bar please contact or speak to her on Sunday.

Cake Sale – There will be a cake sale at the Bear 11 March after the service. All proceeds will go to our Bear youth going on summer teams this August to China, India and Uganda. If you would like to donate a home made or bought cake please email or speak to me, Tracy. Thanks!

Camping - A number of Bear families are booking into Kingsdown Camp site in Kent for the Bank Holiday Weekend 24th-27th August.
There are no planned activities for the weekend – it’s just camping together.  But book in now if you you want to come because the campsite will fill up.
Details can be found at  A minimum of 2 night rate applies on Bank Holiday dates. Adults £10-14 per night, Children (4-17yrs) = £6,  Up to 3yrs Free.

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.

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 –If you are new to the Bear (or not) and would like to be part of a home group please contact

Mid-Week Fun at the Bear –

Bear Cubs – Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Bear Church. For the modern, about town pre-school child looking to keep their carer/parent out of trouble. Creative and educational activities, free play, story time, top quality toys, drinks and snacks, all delivered with love and enthusiasm.

Women’s Bible Study -  study the Bible and pray at the Bear. Tuesdays from 1.30pm. Contact: Margaret Pain for details.

English Fridays – is our weekly language class for people to learn English in a relaxed and encouraging environment. We have a qualified ESOL teacher, but really need another volunteer to get alongside the students as they learn. Previous experience is NOT required, just a willingness to support, chat and encourage students in the class. Please contact: if you’d like to get involved.

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

RAHAB – a message from Bex who works for the Rahab Project. One of the women we support has just been housed by the Home Office in Catford.  She is a survivor of trafficking and just been granted her refugee status.  The flat in Catford is her first home for her and her baby.  Whilst the flat is provided she has no furniture or household items.  Her priorities are a sofa, dining table, drawers and a rug.  She also doesn’t have much cutlery/ kitchenware.’ Can anyone help? Please contact:  

Transforming the Mind -  Christian Postgrad's Conference 15-17th June in Derbyshire. Are you studying for a masters or PhD while seeking to follow Jesus Christ? Are you a Christian working in a university or other academic centre and struggling to find people who understand your calling? Transforming the Mind could be the most important date in your diary this year! The 2018 conference will take place in Dovedale House, in the beautiful surroundings of the Derbyshire Peak District. There is a £79 early bird rate before 30 April. More details here  or ask Helen Moore Please share with your friends!

GCDA (Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency) - is delighted to announce the next round of free Lewisham Cookery Clubs
‘Easy Quick and Tasty’! Learn to prepare  quick, affordable and healthy meals at our 5-week community cookery clubs. Small changes to the way meals are prepared can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to experienced cooks and participants receive a FREE cookery book on completion of the course ChristChurch Bellingham, 15 Bellingham Green, SE6 3HQ Starting 1st March from 10.30am–1.00pm or  at the 2000 Community Action Centre, 199-201 Grove Street, Deptford, SE8 3PG To book, contact Edina on:
0208 269 4885 or email:

LENT – to find out what Lent’s about and for ideas how ‘to do’ Lent, go to 40 Acts/Stewardship

999 Club - based in Deptford Broadway provides services to homeless people – a number of them are also seen by Bench or attend the Evening Service at the Bear. The Club is currently looking for volunteers for both its Gateway and Nightshelter.

Gateway - The Gateway is a day centre and related services that operates every week day from 09.00 -12.00. Please contact Gerry Donnelly ( if you are interested.

Night Shelter - The Night Shelter provides basic accommodation and support for people who are sleeping rough. It provides some respite from the streets and enables guests to receive help to find a place to live. It opened on 02Jan18 and will operate for a total of 30 weeks in 2018 in blocks of ten weeks. Volunteers are needed one day per week to do either a  07.00 – 08.00 or 19.30 – 22.00 shift. To find out more about volunteering at the 999 Club Night Shelter please email Leon Miles, Night Shelter Coordinator, at:

See also

XLP - are looking for more volunteers to help XLP's Deptford Bus Project.  Every Friday the bus is parked 7-9pm in Deptford where volunteers spend some quality time investing in the young people of this area, providing not only a safe space but also helping them to build positive futures. A video about it can be found at: If you are can give 2 hours on a weekly basis please visit:  We believe it’s crucial that we are there on a weekly basis and can be a reliable and consistent factor in their lives. We believe this is key to success.

Care for the Family – presents ‘It Takes Two’  Building a Lasting Marriage - 6 March (Crawley) 7 March (Chislehurst) An event for anyone who wants to invest more in their relationship. To book telephone 029 208 10800 or go to:

Journey UK - The organisation that was called Living Waters but is now called Journey UK has a Taster Day on Sat 17 March. registration and 4pm finish Venue: Ascension Church, Balham. Ticket costs vary - Early Bird rate and also a concessions rate. It costs approx £20.00 per ticket. Refreshments (drinks) provided. Bring a pack lunch or there are places nearby where you can buy food. Anne M will be handing out flyers at the end of the service, for anyone who’s interested.

BE Conference 2018 - Behold the future, face it with a smile CGI Women’s Conference 16th & 17th March 2018 at Skylark Church, 4 Hanbury Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3AE. Keynote Speakers: Velveta Thompson & Rebekah Legg Conference includes sessions for girls Years 10-13 For more information and to book visit:

Struggling with Diabetes or know someone else who is and might need help to manage the condition? If so, perhaps they would like to join a Peer Support group in 2018. Lewisham Healthwatch has a new pilot project across the borough with 4 groups meeting in central locations e.g. local libraries. For more information, email Anne McBride at

Week Beginning Sunday 25  February

10 am                   Prayer
10.30 am              Sunday Morning Service
6.30 pm                Evening Service

10 am                   Bear Cubs
8 pm                     Home Group Leaders

10 am                   Breast Feeding Workshop
1.30 pm                Women’s Bible Study
8 pm                     Global

8 pm                     Home Groups
8 pm                     Evening Service Team

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

9.30 am                Bear Cubs
12 pm                   Building’s Tea,
1 pm                     English Fridays

7.30 pm                 Students’ Worship


Household Items Urgently Needed - sofa, dining table, drawers, rug, cutlery, kitchenware are all needed to furnish flat for recently housed trafficking survivor. Please see above for more details in Non-Bear Notices. Contact if you can help.

Mattress Required – Katie G is in search of a small double mattress (120x190) if anyone has one in decent condition going spare please contact Katie at

Holiday in Normandy – house to rent in Normandy countryside, 25 mins from Bayeux and 35 mins from D-Day beaches. Situated on secluded lane, next to water mill, 5 bedroom, sleeps 7-9. £350 p/w. For more details and to book contact:

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A steady Stream of God's Words in our Lives

A Steady Stream – last Sunday Tessa asked us to write a word from God that we often return to, an anthem for our lives if you like. We stapled them together and read them out, a steady stream of God’s words for us all. The result can be found below. Take a moment to read, digest and believe:

if we confess our sins to God, He will keep His promise and do what is right. He will forgive our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing || He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine || for we live by faith not by sight || taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is he who takes refuge in him|| beloved|| God loves us no matter what|| all things are possible through him who loves us || loving heavenly father JAMES child of God || faithfulness|| guidance – living hope in the dark || where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom || helpfulness || He goes before all things and in him all things hold together || He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust || taste and see that the Lord is good || what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God || keep going – persevere – keep hope – He is able || God is the lamb and the Lord || joy of the Lord is my strength || I know the plans I have for you, to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future || do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again ||Lord you alone are my portion and my cup, you make my lot secure. The boundary lines for me have fallen in pleasant places || blessed are the peacemakers || I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me || do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind || plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future || hope || be strong and brave be sure to obey all the teachings my servant Moses gave you. Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. So don’t be afraid, the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go || kindness || consider it pure joy my friends when you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith produces perseverance || but those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint || His love and kingdom will never end, He will return at the end of time || for the spirit God has given us is not a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND || my grace is sufficient for you || faith comes by hearing the word of God || deep calls to deep || I will trust in the Lord and I will not be afraid || love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control || surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life ||I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me || the Lord gives sleep to those He loves || He restores my soul || He brought me out into a spacious place. He rescued me because He delighted in me || the Lord is my light and salvation || keep your eyes fixed on God || may the word of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight || peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid || blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land || God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all || if you utter what is precious and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth || LIFE IN ABUNDANCE. Life that exceeds || everyone matters || love one another || I have come that you may have life and have it to the full || yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail || let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts … and be thankful || the Lord was my support, He brought me out into a spacious place || Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me || I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and future || trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him || ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you || blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of God … that person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it’s fruit in season … whatever they do, prospers || those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you || for I know the plans I have for you || do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go || God, the God who flung stars into space is also my Father || LOVE || blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted || Christ in me, the HOPE OF GLORY || everyone can be God’s friend || if I speak in the tongues of men or of angels but have not love I am like a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal  


Church on the Street

We are always looking for people to help with our Sunday evening services. These are to serve those who live on the street or in shelters and those who need a safe place to eat a meal. We serve soup and bread at 6.30 pm and for anyone who wishes to stay on, there is an informal service at about 7.30 pm. 

If you would like to help prepare food, volunteers are welcome from 4.30pm, or come just before 6pm to serve food and drinks. 

We meet most Sundays, except 1st Sunday of the month. Check the Bear Essentials Newsletter for updated news.

For more information contact