Bear Essentials Sunday 14 January 2018

THE BEAR Essentials

   ‘As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing
with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you
were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.’
Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIV)


Bear Notices

Sunday Morning 7 January – As mentioned in last week’s BE, we didn’t manage to record Pastor Paul’s New Year Address, so for those of you who would like to know the bare (or is that bear) bones of his message please see below. Apologies in advance for anything out of context, omitted, added, embellished or downplayed. See Paul A for the original.  Meanwhile, getting on to this week’s talk we are returning to Ephesians – you know you’ve missed it. For anyone who would like to pray, it’s 10am in the foyer and as always 10.30am for the service start. Children’s groups will run as usual.

YOUTH – there is a Youth Service for all 12+ youth at Bench Outreach. It starts at 10.30am so please go straight there.

Verse for the Year -  “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” Matt 4:4 (Message). Jesus said this after 40 days in the wilderness. We are all hungry for various things: Meaning, Significance, Good Relationships, Sexual Intimacy, Adventure and Rest. Feed first on God’s words (note the present continuous as translated in the Message). We need God’s words continually to sustain us in our hunger and to help us make decisions and life choices. That way the things we hunger for will have life. Like predators in the wild, the enemy lurks wherever life is and where we are most vulnerable. Jesus didn’t need the devil to come up with the idea of turning rocks into bread. He knew he could do that and he could have pressed his ‘big button’ to prove himself to his enemies and satisfy his hunger. Instead, he says that he will feed instead off every word that comes out of the mouth of God. Jesus is quoting Deut 8:3. ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word, that comes from the mouth of the Lord.’ It’s stated as a fact, ‘does not,’ rather than a command. We need all of God’s words, whether they be the good ones, ‘I have plans to prosper you,’ or the hard ones, ‘Rejoice when you face trials of many kinds.’ Jesus says eat it all! So this year, lets feed on all of God’s words, from the Bible, what we hear from God and words given by others, remembering to test them all by asking who ends up as Lord?

More on the Word‘if you, like me struggle to regularly read the bible, may I guide you towards this daily audio podcast spread into bite sized chunks of Old Testament, New Testament  psalms and proverbs over 365. I’m on my 4th year now it has truly had a big impact on me. You get a wonderful, annual overview of the bigger picture and it’s accessible 24/7. I use the mobile app and can’t rate it highly enough!’ Simon Jinadu

The Evening Service  – is BACK, this Sunday 14 January. There’s plenty of time to sign up to help, using the link below. This service aims to reach out to 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 and further ahead to help:  

Prayer – I am very aware at the start of this year, that there is lots of difficult stuff happening for people at the Bear. I want to echo someone else’s prayer this week for HEARTS. Please pray for those who are facing personal and physical battles this month. Let’s support one another as much as we can and ask God, ‘from whom our help comes from,’ to comfort and heal. Please pray that God protects and guides us as we face 2018 and that we stay close to Him.

Buildings Update – for everyone at the Bear. 8 pm Wednesday 17 January at The Bear. Richard Bell will be hosting a meeting to share news, answer questions and pray for the future of our church home. Please RSVP to

Deptford Churches Together – Everyone is invited to join in for lunch after church on Sunday 21 January, at St Paul’s Crypt. (Please bring a packed lunch). More details to follow, but please speak to Paul A if you’d like to know more.

Student Worship Night – Saturday 27 January, for all those roughly 18-25. (But remember 40 is not the new 25) 7.30pm at the Bear, with Abi Everett from All Saints Peckham speaking. For more details contact:

Congratulations – Speaking of Becky, she has won an award from fusion for ‘Best Student Mission Idea,’ utilizing her degree and placement experience, to run sessions supporting students to cope with stress. Voting is obviously closed, but you can find out a bit more at:  Well done Becky!

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.

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

Mid-Week Fun at the Bear – Four weeks go go before any need to panic about half-term. Enjoy...

Bear Cubs – Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Bear Church. For the modern, about town pre-school child looking to keep their carer/parent out of trouble. Creative and educational activities, free play, story time, top quality toys, drinks and snacks, all delivered with love and enthusiasm.

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

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.

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

999 Club - based in Deptford Broadway provides services to homeless people – a number of them are also seen by Bench or attend the Evening Service at the Bear. The Club is currently looking for volunteers for both its Gateway and Nightshelter.

Gateway - The Gateway is a day centre and related services that operates every week day from 09.00 -12.00. Please contact Gerry Donnelly ( if you are interested.

Night Shelter - The Night Shelter provides basic accommodation and support for people who are sleeping rough. It provides some respite from the streets and enables guests to receive help to find a place to live. It opened on 02Jan18 and will operate for a total of 30 weeks in 2018 in blocks of ten weeks. Volunteers are needed one day per week to do either a  07.00 – 08.00 or 19.30 – 22.00 shift. To find out more about volunteering at the 999 Club Night Shelter please email Leon Miles, Night Shelter Coordinator, at:

See also

XLP - are looking for more volunteers to help XLP's Deptford Bus Project.  Every Friday the bus is parked 7-9pm in Deptford where volunteers spend some quality time investing in the young people of this area, providing not only a safe space but also helping them to build positive futures. A video about it can be found at: If you are can give 2 hours on a weekly basis please visit:  We believe it’s crucial that we are there on a weekly basis and can be a reliable and consistent factor in their lives. We believe this is key to success.

Struggling with Diabetes or know someone else who is and might need help to manage the condition? If so, perhaps they would like to join a Peer Support group in January 2018. Lewisham Healthwatch has a new pilot project across the borough with 4 groups meeting in central locations e.g. local libraries. For more information, email Anne McBride at

Week Beginning Sunday 14 January

10 am                   Prayer
10.30 am              Sunday Morning Service
10.30 am              Youth Service
6.30 pm                Evening Service

10 am                   Bear Cubs
8 pm                     Bear Leadership Team

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

12.30 pm              Bear Cubs Team Meal
8 pm                     Bear Building Update (RSVP)

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

9.30 am                Bear Cubs
12 pm                   Buildings Team
1.30 pm                English Fridays
8 pm                     Serving Teams’ Cheese & Wine


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