For 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 a future.’ Jeremiah 29: 11

This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.
For 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 a future.’
Jeremiah 29: 10-11

Bear Essentials Weeks Beginning 21st & 28th October 2018

Bear Essentials Week Beginning 21 October & 28 October


‘This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.
For 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 a future.’
Jeremiah 29: 10-11



TONIGHT – Buildings Meeting Thursday 18 October 8 pm. This is your opportunity to ask questions and find out more about where things are at with our the Shaftesbury building.  Please speak to Paul A or Richard.

Sunday Morning Service –  This Sunday we have a guest speaker, Peter Farley-Moore from St John’s Deptford. He’ll be introducing some members of his congregation and speaking to us on Jeremiah 29: 1-11. Read the verse above again, then read it again in context and know you are blessed. The service starts at 10.30 am, with prayer beforehand at 10 am.

Sunday Evening – 6.30 pm. Don’t hold back offering to help cook, serve and wash up. Please sign up to help for this Sunday evening and ahead.  From 4.30 pm in the kitchen and from 6 pm to serve and wash up. Please email Richard at
r.bell@jubileeresource.org or sign up at https://tinyurl.com/bear-eveningservice

Youth – will be staying in the service 21 and 28 October. The next Youth Service at Bench is 4 November.

Home Group Leaders – 8 pm Monday 29 October. Venue tbc. For anyone who is or suspects that they might be a home group leader. If you’re not sure ask Iain J and he’ll tell you. Contact him on iain@thebear.tv for more details

Women’s Prayer Lunch – A foodie, mid-week, travelling home group for all women at the Bear. Next one is Wednesday 31 October at Brigitte’s home in Brockley. 1 pm. Please bring something edible to share. Soup and a warm welcome will be provided. For more details contact emily@thebear.tv

Baptisms – we are planning to have baptisms 18 November. It’s a public declaration of a private decision to follow Jesus. If you might be thinking along those lines speak to Bex, Iain, Paul or Tessa.

Christmas Fundraiser – the City of London Brass Band will be playing a family concert at The Bear on Saturday 1 December to raise money for Bench Outreach. Join us for festive favourites and sing-a-long carols from 4-6pm. Refreshments available to buy. Tickets are by suggested donation (£10 adults/£3 children but all con
tributions welcome) from jess@benchoutreach.com or on the door.

Soul Survivor 2019 – This will be the last Soul Survivor for a while or maybe forever 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
https://booking.soulsurvivor.com/ Costs are £102 for a place and £80 for food and travel. Speak to Bex or email bex@thebear.tv

Branches – In this case is a home group every Monday at 7 pm. Lead by Becky B (and Abie from All Saints Peckham) this is for young adults and 18+ students. Meets in New Cross. Please contact Becky at
students@thebear.tv for more details.

Outside Space – if your children play behind the church and in the small garden (accessible through hall) while at The Bear they do so at their own risk. Traders use the car park space for storage, so please be aware there will be 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@thebear.tv.

Home Groups – If you are part of The Bear and would like to join a mid-week home group please contact
iain@thebear.tv.

Giving – if you are part of The Bear, you can set up a standing order for your giving. Details from
info@thebear.tv Please note that we are not using Just Giving at present because of the changes to the trust.


Non-Bear Notices

Forest School – The Community Orchard at Deptford Park is offering drop in free events on Saturday 27 October 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Go to www.deptfordfolk.org for more details.

Ready for Retirement – a course run by Livability aims to help answer the question ‘What makes for a good retirement?’ & ‘How can you build a life you’ll value? 13th & 27th October 10- 3.30pm & 10- 5.30pm Christ Church East Greenwich, Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9EQ. This, free, practical course helps participants ‘find their own story’ and their place in community, offering space to explore choices at this stage of life. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To book a space email Margaret Cave
vicar@christchurcheastgreenwich.org.uk

INET – Celebration  Thanksgiving, photos, testimonies and prayer with this summer’s overseas Youth Teams. Come join in with all the youth and INET team as we celebrate the summer that was and think about what may come next. Sunday 4 November 2-4 pm at the Bear.


Mid-Week Activities at The Bear – Half-Term

All the below groups are having their half-term mini break next week. Back Week Beginning 28 October:

Bear Cubs – Pre-School delights on Monday, Thursday and Friday each week. See below for session times or email
tessa@thebear.tv for more details.
Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30 pm each week. Speak to Margaret P.
Women’s Prayer Lunch – 1 pm Wednesdays every three weeks – look out in BE for next one. Eat, chat, pray – it works.
English Fridays – offering free English lessons 1.30 pm every Friday. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Sally or email
iain@thebear.tv


The Bear Diary:


Week Beginning  21 October 2018 (School Half-Term)

Sunday
10 am              Prayer
10.30 am         Service
6. 30 pm         Evening Service

NO Bear Cubs, English Fridays, Women’s Bible Study



Week Beginning  28 October 2018

Sunday
10 am             Prayer
10.30 am        Service
6. 30 pm         Evening Service

Monday
10 am              Bear Cubs
7 pm                Branches – Home Group for YA and Students
8 pm                Home Group Leaders
 
Tuesday
1.30 pm           Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday
10 am              Positive Parenting
1 pm                Women’s Prayer Lunch
8 pm                Home Groups

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

Friday
9.30 am           Bear Cubs
1. 30 pm          English Fridays
 

Classified
Sports Therapy -  Sam Winter is providing different forms of sports therapy, as listed below. All proceeds raised would go towards the Bear's new building:  

·       Full assessment of any form ongoing conditions, pains, etc.

·       Exercise programmes, therapeutic or otherwise

·       Deep tissue massage-

·       Sports massage- therapy, injury prevention

·       Online/telephone consultation

£10/45 minutes at 8 Horsmonden Road or £15/45 minutes if delivered to you. Online/telephone consultations: £5 Text/Phone 07429191217


Please email info@thebear.tv if you wish to advertise here.

Please note that events in the Non-Bear Notices and Classified sections are advertised as a courtesy and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Bear Leadership Team or employees of the church.

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.’ John 2:9-11

‘...the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.’

John 2:9-11

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 info@thebear.tv