Bear Essentials 30 July - 27 August


‘Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his
upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got
down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.’

Daniel 6:10

Bear Notices

Bear Essentials – I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is the last BE until end August, so make the most it, read, digest and have a very happy summer. Check the Bear Church Facebook and webpage for updates I’m out of the office 5-19 August.

Sunday Morning Service – Last week we were invited to pull up a chair and SIT. This Sunday Pastor No.2 will be encouraging us to KNEEL. It will be another all age service, so no children’s groups and the aim is to be done and dusted within an hour. Get there too late and you might miss it. Over the next few weeks the service leaders will do their very best to be inclusive of all ages, but you might want to pack an extra colouring book or Ipad and something for the children too.

More Sundays at the Bear – Throughout July/August we’ll be keeping services short and sweet with plenty of time to chat, pray or drink coffee, whichever is your greatest need. All starting at 10.30am. Please contact: for information.

6 August -    Go for a WALK with Pastor Paul.
13 August -  Take a STAND with our favourite economist, Hugh S.
20 August  - It wouldn’t be summer without at least one al fresco service, so get your picnic hampers and umbrellas ready for Blythe Hill.
27 August – NO MORNING Service.

Evening Service is Off!  – this service is to reach the most vulnerable people in our area by way of a bowl of soup, cake and short service. The dedicated team will be taking a break this week and through August, returning to duties Sunday 10 September. In the meantime please book up for the autumn term. We need help with cooking and set 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:  

Auf Wiedersehen – to the irreplaceable Annalisa, Zac, Enzo and Elina who are moving to Bristol in September, also to Enosh and Efan, who are heading north across the wall to Edinburgh. Watch out for the wildlings! Bless these families as they depart for new adventures. You shall be missed. ‘So long and thanks for all the fish!’ Or should they be saying that to us?

Danielle and Ella in Zambia -  Intrepid adventurers and theologians, Ella and Danielle, are documenting their trip to Zambia, via blog. If you haven’t read any of their entries yet, take a peek at: Please email Tracy at: for PASSWORD to access blog.

Greenbelt – No August Bank Holiday plans? Why not join in with the youth and a few older others as they head off to the Greenbelt Festival 25-28 August at Boughton House, Northants. Yes, there will be the usual hygiene/weather challenges that we come to expect from UK summer festivals, but it might be worth it to soak up the creative vibe and flow with the Holy Spirit. Go to: for the line up and to book in.

Outside Space – Just a reminder to all parents/carers that if your children play behind the church and in the small garden (accessible through hall) it is at your 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 – We do have some day places (limited). Full Day £40. Half Day:£25 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 those of you already booked for the weekend, please make the balance of payments by July (£150) For costs and more details, please speak to Emily A or contact Tracy at

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 – may or may not be happening over the summer depending on the availability and dedication of your particular HG leader. 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, Women’s Bible Study and English Fridays– all on holiday until week beginning Monday 4 September.

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 then text 70070  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

Creekside Crowsfeet – A.K.A six blokes from The Bear are performing on Friday 4 August from 9pm at The Duke in Deptford. Catch the bluegrass sound while you can.

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

From Holly J  - Please support KONEXIO! It is an organisation founded by a friend of mine from Paris who after working with a charity supporting refugees, recognised that many were struggling to find jobs and therefore integrate into the community because often they lacked basic computer skills. This new charity organisation aims to combat this by offering various levels of computer classes to them; from how to use a mouse, to coding and creating CVs to help them begin to rebuild their lives in France. In order to continue and have full time staff they need to raise €16 000. Please support their work and pray for Gods direction over them and for the people they reach out to!

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

Beginning Sunday 30 July – 13 August

10 am                  Prayer
10.30 am             All Age Service at the Bear

Beginning Sunday 20 August

10.30 am             All Age Service at Blythe Hill Fields

Beginning Sunday 27 August



Springs Dance - We are looking for an exceptional and experienced individual to become a core member of the team as our Finance and Governance Manager. Finance  Governance Manager takes overall responsibility for all aspects of the company’s accounting, legal and financial matters, sharing key responsibilities with the Artistic Director and Company Manager. Working hours would be flexible, though 80% of the work would need to take place during normal office hours. The person would work regularly from the office at our rehearsal space in Lee SE12, and some hours from home. For the full Job Description and Person Specification, please click here. < To apply, please email your CV and covering letter, explaining how your skills and experience match the job description and person specification, as well as why you want to work for Springs Dance Company, to

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