Little Fish Week Beginning 2 & 9 April 2017


‘Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.’  

Ephesians 2: 19-20

Bear Notices

LFW – is off! Just for a week though and back on 16 April. Wishing you a very Happy Easter. Remember it’s ok to put all your eggs in one basket.

Sunday Morning – Money March is over, but as in the words of a certain infamous character, ‘It will be back!’ For those of you who weren’t able to make it this month, three of the talks are on the webpage. Catch up if you can in the comfort of your own home, without the beady eye of the speaker on you. This week we’re taking a whole different turn as we welcome Chine MacDonald to talk to us about race and reconciliation in the community, so push back the curtain and see what’s occurring.

Next Sunday 9 April – a more practical session on contemplative prayer and hearing from God, based on Jesus’ words at the last supper.

The Evening Service – Each week we welcome to the Bear those who are coping with homelessness, addictions and extremely difficult life situations. It’s the first Sunday of the month, so no evening service this week, but the kitchen will be open again on 9 April. We need help cooking and setting up next week from 4.30pm or serving/washing up from 6pm. Everyone over 16 yrs is welcome to come and help. Click on link to book for next week and further ahead to help:  

Half-Light – Well done to everyone on the creative, admin and serving teams, performers, and to you for being there. Another marvellous musical evening. £1053 was raised for Save the Children towards their work with Syrian refugees.

Easter Holidays – school holidays start 3 April, so no Bear Cubs, English Fridays, Women’s Bible Study or Prayer Lunch. All back in full force from Tuesday 18 April.

Easter Services:
Tenebrae service - Maundy Thursday 13 April at 7pm.
Tenebrae is Latin for ‘shadows’ so I think you get the picture. For more details speak to Alex L or Tessa.

Easter Service -  Easter Day 16 April  10.30 am on Hilly Fields
We will as usual be on Hilly Fields (near the Stone Circle) celebrating with worship, fish, chocolate and probably something for the children to bash. Coats and umbrellas de rigueur. 10.30 am.

Overseas Youth Teams 2018 – an event at the Bear, launching short-term youth teams for Summer 2018.  Friday 21 April 7pm. An INET/SOUND event, hosted by the Bear. More details to follow. See Iain/Bex.

NXDFFF – the next Free Film Festival starts in April ( and The Bear will be showing Kung Fu Panda on Saturday 21st and Spotlight on Tuesday 25th. This is a great opportunity to open our doors, meet our neighbours and share our vision. If you have any questions, want to know more or would love to get involved speak to Ezra or Tessa or contact

BEAR MENS WEEKEND - 30 June - 2 July in Norfolk. Get away from London with other men/youth from the Bear, sail blithely on the River Thurne, (land activities available), eat copious amounts of meat (unless you’re vegetarian), make new bromances (or not) and generally chill out.  £60 for the weekend. Contact for information without the spin and to book.

Women’s Weekend Away – OK ladies, if you want to be there, please book in. There are now 15 places left for the weekend.  Rooms are on a strictly first come first served basis. £150/adult & £130/Youth (Year 11+) Put it in your diary and pay a deposit of £50 to secure your place. For more details take a look at the website: ( If you would like to pay in instalments contact: Tracy at to pay or for other details contact Please let us know if you want to come!

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 – 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

Location, Location – Richard, Amanda and Livvy, working in Central Asia, are looking for empty houses to stay in during the summer, while they visit  the Bear and friends in London.  6th July - 17th July & 21st - 26th July. They are a lovely family, perfectly house trained.  If you are able to help please can you contact

Other Mid-Week Stuff – closed Monday 3 April – Monday 17 April

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

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

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30pm.   
It will be closed on 4th and 11th April for Easter holidays, returning on Tues 18th April. 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

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

Week Beginning 2 April

10 am                   Prayer
10.30 am              Service
No Evening Service

8 pm                     Home Groups

8 pm                     Home Groups

Week Beginning 9 April

10 am                     Prayer
10.30 am                Service
6.30 pm                  Evening Service

8 pm                       Home Groups

7 pm                        Tenebrae Service

Easter Sunday
10.30 am                 Easter Celebration at Hilly Fields


Food Processor – urgently required for the evening service. No processor means very lumpy soup! If you happen to have one that is gathering dust please contact: or

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