If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger...... Leviticus 25:35-36 (NIV)

If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you,
help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. 
Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.’

Leviticus 25:35-36 (NIV)

The Bear Essentials Week Beginning 18 June 2017


If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you,
help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. 
Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.’

Leviticus 25:35-36 (NIV)


Bear Notices

Boys Social – (All ages 11+) Friday 16 June. Film night at the Chapman’s residence in Forest Hill. Contact Ben Nyman for more details.

Morning Service – It’s our rather later than scheduled ‘Homelessness Sunday’ morning/Sofa Sunday. We are handing over to Bench Outreach (aka Brigitte, Declan and Layton) – a dangerous thing I know - but they will have plenty to say on the subject of homelessness and the disenfranchised. We’ll be starting at 10.30am, but come earlier to pray if you can 10am in the foyer.

The Grenfell Tower Relief Fund - during the Sunday morning service, we will be taking an offering to Latimer Minster working through Latymer Community Church/Eden Ladbroke to care for and provide resources to the survivors of this terrible tragedy.  Please bring cash and cheque books or donate straight to the Bear Account Acct: 21361317 Sort: 40-02-25 (Ref: Grenfell Fire) For more details of their fund go to: http://www.latymer.org.uk/grenfelltowerrelieffund.htm

The Evening Service – at 6.30pm. 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: http://tinyurl.com/qz9wrfl  

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.

Elevate Dance – The Bear has strong connections with both Springs and Elevate Dance companies, and on Sunday 25 June, Elevate will be spending the morning service with us. We’re looking forward to worshipping God together, hearing some inspiring testimonies and maybe even moving a little! Speak to Ruth, Claire, Donna or Tessa if you want to know more about the vision and practice of Elevate.

BEAR MENS WEEKEND -  Contrary to the notice given last Sunday, the men’s weekend is not completely full.  30 June - 2 July in Norfolk.  £60 for the weekend, which is way cheaper than the women’s weekend away, so go on book a place. Contact alstons@hotmail.co.uk for menu, activities and sleeping arrangements.

Women’s Weekend Away – is however fully booked! We do have some day places (limited). 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 costs and more details, please speak to Emily A or contact Tracy at info@thebear.tv

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: paul@thebear.tv. 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 iain@thebear.tv.

Other Mid-Week Stuff – Term time only

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 emily@thebear.tv

English Fridays – teaching English to anyone who wants to learn a bit more. Fridays 1.30-3pm Informal childcare provided. To come along or to volunteer contact iain@thebear.tv

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30pm.   
Speak to Margaret or contact info@thebear.tv

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

Photography Exhibition -  Deptford Creek by Bill Green in Deptford Lounge, 31st May - 17th June. The Deptford Lounge, Griffin Square, SE8 4RJ. Opening Times: Monday - Friday 8am - 10pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm.

Bearspace – BEARSPACE is pleased to present ‘Dawn Chorus’ a solo exhibition by new painter, Chris Hawtin.  16 June – 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.

Cry Walk – the 11th annual fund raising London Bridges Walk is on Sunday 9 July. CRY is a charity, which works to support families who have lost young people and to save lives by raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Death. Amanda and Livvy, will be walking to raise money in memory of Joseph who died last year. If you would like to join them register at http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/bridges-walk/
If you would like to support Amanda, Livvy and Pippa then follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Pippa-MacDonald

Just One – An opportunity to hear the relevance of Christianity. With Matt Redman, Hillsong London, Noel Robinson and the London Community Choir 3.6pm Saturday 8 July 2017 at Emirates Stadium. Justone.co.uk/tickets

Beginning Sunday 18 June

10 am                  Prayer
10.30 am             Morning Service
6.30 pm               Evening Service

10 am                  Bear Cubs
12.30 pm             Finance Meeting
8 pm                    Home Group Leaders

10 am                  Breastfeeding Workshop
1.30 pm               Women’s Bible Study
8 pm                    Women’s Weekend Away - planning

10 am                  Parenting Group
8 pm                    Home Groups

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

10 am                  Bear Cubs
12 pm                  Buildings Team
1.30 pm               English Fridays

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