Bear Essentials Week Beginning 17 February 2019

Bear Essentials Week Beginning 17 February

'They overcome him by the blood of the
lamb and the word of their testimony.’

Revelation 12:11

Bear Notices

Sunday Morning – the sofa is out again and ready to welcome more guests. Chine M, Kelly G and Mike Y will be making themselves comfortable. Expect justice type themes, testimonies and a cup of coffee. If you would like to pray before the service then be here for 10 am. If not please arrive by 10.30 am.

Youth  – will be staying in the service this week. Flame Fish (juniors) will also be staying in so please bring extra supplies of everything to sustain your child and yourselves. Rumour has it that we might finish a bit earlier this week. It’s just a rumour though...

Evening Service – 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 Worship Evening – for 18+ students and young adults. At The Bear 7 pm Monday 18 February.  Please contact Becky at for more details. (Other weeks Branches Home Group meets on Mondays at 7 pm.)

Archiving - Exploring & Cataloguing the Deptford Ragged School Archive has begun and it's fun. If you would still like to get involved, or just want to find out more, 'what actually is an archive?' the next two dates are: Monday 25th Feb, 7:30-9:30pm and Saturday 2nd March 9:00-11:00am (with a chance to leave early for Psalms & Stretches). Everyone interested is welcome, no experience necessary. Any questions, speak to Katharine.

Curry on the Go – INET’s annual curry evening at the Bear 7.30 pm 26 February. Come and be inspired by Pippa and Ewen. Prayer, stories and curry obviously. Speak to Iain for more details.

STIG Special – the next STIG will be 8 pm Monday 4 March. It’s the regular STIG but with a special focus on praying for our friends and family members. Please speak to Paul, Sally or Simon J for more details. Everyone is welcome.

Bear Cubs Jumble Sale – Saturday 9 March at The Bear 10 am – 1 pm. Kelly H is on the run again, this time at the Brighton Marathon. To show support for her and to raise money for the Bear Building Fund, Bear Cubs is having a jumble sale.  All proceeds will go to the BBF. If you can help with setting up/clearing away please contact: Please also help by bringing good quality clothes, toys, games, books, baking a cake or donating a bottle of something - from lemonade to wine to bubble bath (the mind boggles) - for the tombola. Jumble can be dropped off from Monday 4 March.

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. The cost will be around about £165 (tbc) for adults with a discount on youth places. There are only 40 places. the bank is now open for deposits of £50 to secure your place. If you need to spread the cost talk to me (Tracy) or email It’s a strictly first come, first served basis so don’t miss out if you want to join us.

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:

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 next week is schools half-term and break time for all the sessions. They will be bouncing back week beginning 24 February.

Bear Cubs – provide everything a wandering and wondering parent/carer and their pre-school child/children need to get through the day.
Women’s Bible Study – 1.30 pm Tuesdays at the Bear. Speak to Margaret P.
English Fridays – ESOL teaching, free childcare and interesting international snacks. See Iain J or Sally B if you would like to help with hosting, children or teaching.

Non-Bear Notices

SOUND – a 3-part series on Genesis exploring the seven days of creation continues 8 March  7:30pm at Hope Centre, 118 Malham Road, Forest Hill, SE23 1AN. Last one will be 12 April. If you’re 13-19 yrs old or a youth leader and are interested in being part of our team - get in touch with (
Romance Academy –
for parents. Please note this has been changed to 2 March (not Feb, as previously stated). Training on how to best talk about sex and relationships with youth. Looking at: trends in youth culture, statistics around the topic, social media, pornography and how to best to have these conversations with young people. 2 March 4.30 pm at Christ Church Anerley (197 Anerley Rd, London SE20 8ER £5 per person. For more information please contact Stephen at [] NB: The older youth at the Bear are following a 10 week course on sex and relationships. Any questions, ask Bex!

BELIEVE - Women’s Conference 22 - 23 March 2019 at Skylark Church, 4 Hanbury Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3AE. With key speakers Lucy Peppiatt, Amy Walker, Nicki Sims and Susie Harrington. ‘Together we’ll be embarking on a journey of discovery to understand how the tenets and non-negotiables of our faith can stand firm amidst the ever-changing backdrop of our culture. Our desire is to see every woman equipped and inspired to live her faith out to the full.’

The Bear Diary: Week Beginning 17 February 2019 (School Half-term)

10 am             Prayer
10.30 am        Service
6.30 pm          Evening Service

7 pm               Branches – Worship Night

The Bear Diary: Week Beginning 24 February 2019

10 am              Prayer
10.30 am         Service
6.30 pm           Evening Service

9.30 am           Prayer
10 am              Bear Cubs
7 pm                Branches

10 am              Breastfeeding Group
1.30 pm           Bible Study
7.30 pm           Curry on the Go
8 pm                Home Groups

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

9.15 am           Finance Team
9.30 am           Bear Cubs


Holiday in France – Lovely country house in Normandy available to rent. Sleeps 7-9. Check out the website  for all details.

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.