Little Fish Week Beginning 7 May


To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by man convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God...’                                                                        Acts 1:3

Bear Notices

Morning Service – We’re in Acts 1 this Sunday morning. All I can tell you is that there might be some waiting around. Please join us to pray at 10am in the lobby, or arrive before 10.30am for the service start.

Café Church – this Sunday 7 May for youth in Year 9+ with Tim and Julie and special guest Simon J. Leaving at 10.30 am so don’t be late.

Outside Space – Just a gentle reminder to all parents/carers of children that if your children play behind the church and the small garden (accessible through hall) that 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.

The Evening Service – It’s the first Sunday of the month so no Evening Service, but don’t let that stop you signing up as the kitchen will be open again next week. We need help cooking and setting up 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:  

Men’s Social – TONIGHT Friday 5 May. The location has finally been disclosed, The Honor Oak, 1 St German’s Road, Forest Hill, SE23. From 8pm. Please contact: if you still don’t know where you’re going.

BWU - Women’s Prayer Breakfast at 10-11.30 am TOMORROW Saturday 6 May. Keeping up, this location has also been revealed. It’s a Rachel Veldtman’s home.  Please bring a breakfast item to share and let Emily A know if you’re coming:

STIG – This is Standing in the Gap for anyone who would like to spend more time worshipping and praying for all the very important stuff. Meeting on the first Monday of every month (with some easily explainable exceptions). Next one is 8 May at 8pm; if you would like to come along please speak to Sally B or contact:

Youth House Group – all things deep, meaningful and youthful, for Year 11+ youth at Ben and Katy Nyman’s house. Friday 12 May at 7.30pm.

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 – We are now down to 12 spaces. 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

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. 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

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

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 Sunday 7 May

10 am                  Prayer
10.30 am             Morning Service
10.30 am             Café Church
                            NO EVENING SERVICE

10 am                  Bear Cubs
8 pm                    Standing in the Gap

10 am                  Breastfeeding Workshop
1.30 pm               Women’s Bible Study
8 pm                    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
1.30 pm                English Fridays
7.30 pm                Nyman’s Youth House Group


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