Little Fish Friday 21 April - Friday 28 April 2017

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally..’  


1 Corinthians 9: 24-25 (The Message)

 Bear Notices

LFW – Welcome back to everyone. Please note that the Bear is CLOSED on 23 April. We might not be meeting this Sunday at the Bear, but there’s plenty happening and lots of opportunities to meet together over the weekend and next week. So please do peruse and choose from the list below.  

SOUND/INET at the Bear – a youth event TONIGHT Friday 21 April 7pm, at the Bear, launching short-term teams for Summer 2018.  An INET/SOUND event, hosted by the Bear, with speaker Jim Yost.  Please contact Bex or Iain for more details.

Men’s Breakfast – All men and boys welcome to tuck in to traditional breakfast fare at Maggie’s Café THIS Saturday 22 April at 8.30am. Contact:

NXDFFF – Kung-Fu Panda! We will be opening the Bear for a FREE showing of Kung-Fu Panda THIS Saturday  at 11am (doors open 10.30/45) With a PG rating this one is fun for all ages. Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase before the film. Make sure everyone knows....

Sunday Morning – It’s London Marathon Week, so that means NO MORNING SERVICE at the Bear this Sunday. For anyone who would still like to gather and support the runners, meet at 10.30 am at the Evelyn Street end of the High Street.

Walk and Picnic – at Shorne Woods THIS Sunday 23 April. Shorne Wood is a country park with woodland walks, outdoor play areas for children and a café.  Meet in the car park at 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome.  Address Kent Downs AONB, Brewers Rd, Shorne, Gravesend DA12 3HX Bring a packed lunch or grab snacks at the café and shop. Contact: for more details.

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:  

NXDFF - Following on from Kung-Fu Panda we will be showing SPOTLIGHT (15) Tuesday 25 April. This one is suitable for adults and youth 15+. (Bring ID) The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm showing. Bar with drinks and snacks to purchase.  This is a great opportunity to open our doors, meet our neighbours and share our vision. Speak to Ezra or Tessa or contact For more details about the festival go to:

Women’s Prayer Lunch – Wednesday 26 April 1pm at Claire C’s home in Brockley. If you’ve not been before it’s a way to meet other women at the Bear, eat lunch together, chat and pray. Claire will make some soup, but please bring a lunch item to share. Speak to Claire or contact for address and details.

Global – Tuesday 2 May 8pm Once a month a small team of us meet to pray, ask for vision and discuss practical ways of supporting members of the Bear that work abroad. That includes friends in Central Asia, Egypt, Kurdistan and recently Wendy Power in Cambodia. If you would like to join with us and support these fantastic people, please speak to Iain or Sally.

In the diary –
There will be a men’s social next week – drinks at a pub in New Cross (location tbc) 8pm Friday 5 May.
Making sure that all things are equal and yet gender specific, BWU will be hosting a Women’s Prayer Breakfast 9.30-11am on Saturday 6 May.  More details to follow.

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 14 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 –

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.

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

Bearspace – art gallery present ‘MESSENGER’ with artists, Ed Harper, Dominic Bradnum, Melissa Burn
21 April- 27 May 2017. 152-4, SE8 3PQ. Deptford High Street. Join us for the private view Friday 28 April 6.30pm-8.30pm. ‘MESSENGER looks at the interplay between the artist and its subject in this case an everyday interaction with their landscape as the focus for their work.’

Beginning Friday 21 April

7pm                     SOUND (Youth Event)

8.30 am                Men’s Breakfast at Maggie’s Cafe
11 am                   NXDFF – Kung Fu Panda           

No morning Service - Marathon
12.30 pm             Picnic and Walk at Shorne Wood
6.30 pm               Evening Service

10 am                   Bear Cubs
12.30 pm              Finance Team
8 pm                     Bear Leadership Team

10 am                   Breastfeeding Workshop
1.30 pm                Women’s Bible Study
7.30 pm                NXDFF - Spotlight

1 pm                    Women’s Prayer Lunch
8 pm                    Home Groups

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

10 am                   Bear Cubs
1.30 pm                English Fridays


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