The Bear Essentials Week Beginning 24 September 2017

   ‘.....His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,’

Ephesians 2:15

Bear Notices

Sunday Morning Service –   For some reason trying to guess the word ‘splicing’ at Pictionary comes to mind when I read the above verse. (I was glad I wasn’t drawing it).  Well, Pastor Paul will be hopefully making more sense of it than me. Look at that, almost two thirds through Ephesians 2! Prayer in the foyer at 10am. Service begins at 10.30am...that’s 10.30am.

Youth - School Yrs 7-9 are up in the Youth Room this Sunday for the second half of the service. Yrs 10-13 are either on rota or listening to the preach with enthusiasm and reverence.

Please Pray –  Sadly Susan’s sister, Temi died last week. Though they know that Temi is with Jesus, it’s still a huge blow to lose a precious sister and daughter. Please keep praying for Susan and her family in Nigeria and the UK.

The Evening Service  – NEEDS YOU! Reaching 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 to book for this week and further ahead to help:  

Pantomime – Jack and the Giant Beanstalk Caper is now launched. If you came for an audition last week, you should have received an email today.  The first read through is 7.30pm on Tuesday 26 September. Please be there. Contact:

Bear Cubs Parenting Course – Bear Cubs have been running these classes for more than 12 years now, giving families a safe place to reflect, learn and be empowered in their parenting.  Please pray for Emily, Tessa and Kelly as they embark on their autumn course.

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.

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 – Living on a Prayer is now fully booked. But if you really want to come down for the Saturday or Sunday we might be able to squeeze you in. Full Day £40. Half Day:£25 Speak to Emily A or contact Tracy at If you haven’t already signed up to the car pool, please speak to Katie G.

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

Mid-Week Stuff –

Bear Cubs
– across the Lewisham area  a great sigh of relief from small children and carers alike, as Bear Cubs open their doors once more to those in search of creative fun and a good cup of coffee. Returning Thursday 7 September at 10am.

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

English Fridays – offers language lessons to anyone who would benefit from a conversational class. No need to be a linguistics expert to help host and assist with the informal crèche. If you’d like to come along please 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

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

Week Beginning Sunday 24 September

10 am                  Prayer
10.30 am             Morning Service
6.30 pm               Evening Service

10 am                   Bear Cubs
8 pm                     Adoration

10 am                   Breast Feeding Workshop
1.30 pm                Women’s Bible Study
7.30 pm                Pantomime Rehearsal

10 am                    Parenting Course
8 pm                      House Groups

10 am                   Bear Cubs
1 pm                     Bear Cubs

9.30 am                Bear Cubs

4 pm                    Pantomime Rehearsal


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