Bear Essentials Week Beginning 11 November 2018

Bear Essentials Week Beginning 11 November 2018

‘Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.’


Ephesians 6:1



Bear Notices

Sunday Morning Service – How do we follow last week’s weighty subject of intersectionality? (Check out the website if you missed it). By looking at Ephesians 6:1-9 of course. This Sunday Mark and Chine dedicate their son Keir to the Lord, so let’s all stand with them and pray for Keir. The service starts at 10.30 am, with prayer beforehand at 10 am.

Sunday Evening – 6.30 pm tonight.  Help is always needed and appreciated to cook, serve and wash up. From 4.30 pm in the kitchen and from 6 pm to serve and wash up. Please email Richard at or sign up at

Christmas Boxes – Box by box by box the front of the church will be adorned with festive scenes, lovingly designed and produced by home groups, schools and any other sort of community gathering. And all ready for our Christmas sing-a-long on 23 December (3.30 pm). Nothing says Christmas like a bit of creative competitivity. So, bagsy a box and a song before they’re all gone.

Psalms and Stretches – next Saturday 1 December 10.45 am. (This will be the last one of 2018). Bring a mat/towel and a water bottle. £5+ with profits going to the Building Seed fund. Thursday classes at 6.30 pm continue until 13 December. (Please talk to Ruth for more details and prices).

Baptisms – next week 18 November. Eva and Chery have signed up, got their towel bearers and are ready to take the plunge. Any last minute stragglers who get the call, grab Paul or Tessa for a chat on Sunday.

Student Worship Night –  worship night at the Bear for students or anyone who can pass as one. 7.30 pm Monday 19 November. See Becky B for more details.

Women’s Prayer Lunch – next one is 1 pm Wednesday 21 November at Emily A’s home Lewisham/Blackheath. Contact:

Christmas Fundraiser – the City of London Brass Band will be playing a family concert at The Bear on Saturday 1 December to raise money for Bench Outreach. Join us for festive favourites and sing-a-long carols from 4-6pm. Refreshments available to buy. Tickets are by suggested donation (£10 adults/£3 children but all contributions welcome) from or on the door.

Christmas is a comin’… sadly no pantomime or pantoivity this year. BUT fear not for we shall celebrate. Oh yes we will. See below for events on their Christmassy way:

Sunday 16 December – 10.30 am. All Age Christmas shebang at the Bear.

Sunday 23 December – 3.30 pm – Sing-a-long Christmas songs and carols. One to bring the friends and family along to.

Christmas Day – We will be joining St John’s, Deptford (on Lewisham Way) for a short Christmas morning service 10.30 am.

Soul Survivor 2019 – This will be the last Soul Survivor for a while or maybe forever so get in while you can. We will be going to Week B 17th August to 22nd August. (N.B. event ends midnight on 21st August, we travel back the next day) Book at Costs are £102 for a place and £80 for food and travel. Speak to Bex or email

Branches – In this case is a home group every Monday at 7 pm. Lead by Becky B (and Abie from All Saints Peckham) this is for young adults and 18+ students. Meets in New Cross. Please contact Becky at for more details.

Outside Space – if your children play behind the church and in the small garden (accessible through hall) while at The Bear they do so at their own risk. Traders use the car park space for storage, so please be aware there will be property belonging to others and some very hazardous obstacles. Children should be supervised by a parent or carer at all times. Any concerns, please speak to Tessa.

CCTV – be aware that the Shaftesbury Christian Centre is now under surveillance from CCTV cameras. This is for the safety and security of all who use the building. If you have any concerns or would like more information please speak to Paul A or email:

Home Groups – If you are part of The Bear and would like to join a mid-week home group please contact

Giving – if you are part of The Bear, you can set up a standing order for your giving. Details from Please note that we are not using Just Giving at present because of the changes to the trust.

Non-Bear Notices

Diabetes: Our Story - final event of the Diabetes Peer Support pilot project. Thursday  15 November at 2pm-4pm. It's free. As well as demonstrations and speakers including a dentist talking about oral health and Type 2 Diabetes, there will also be some delicious and healthy food on offer. All welcome but please sign up using the Eventbrite link or phone Healthwatch Lewisham (see attached poster) for catering numbers.

Free Cookery Course – quick easy recipes that make a difference to overall health and preventing Diabetes Type 2. Five week course beginning 15 November 10.30 am – 1 pm at 2000 Community Centre, 199/201 Grove street, SE8 3 PG. Contact:

Mid-Week Activities at The Bear – Half-Term

Bear Cubs – Pre-School delights on Monday, Thursday and Friday each week. See below for session times or email for more details.
Women’s Bible Study – Tuesdays 1.30 pm each week. Speak to Margaret P.
Women’s Prayer Lunch – 1 pm Wednesdays every three weeks – look out in BE for next one. Eat, chat, pray – it works.
English Fridays – offering free English lessons 1.30 pm every Friday. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Sally or email

The Bear Diary:

Week Beginning  11 November

10 am             Prayer
10.30 am        Service
6. 30 pm         Evening Service

10 am              Bear Cubs
7 pm                Branches – Home Group for YA and Students
8 pm                Bear Leadership Team meets
1.30 pm           Women’s Bible Study

10 am              Positive Parenting
8 pm                Home Groups

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

9.30 am           Bear Cubs
1. 30 pm          English Fridays


Head of Fundraising at 999 Club -  the 999 Club is a key charity in the borough of Lewisham addressing rough sleeping and wider homelessness. They are currently recruiting for a new Head of Fundraising. £42-45,000 pa. For a job spec and more details please email Langton Not 4 Profit who are managing the recruitment. Deadline Friday 23 November 11 am (interviews 29 Nov/4 Dec). For an informal chat find Tim Fallon.

Please email if you wish to advertise here.

Please note that events in the Non-Bear Notices and Classified sections are advertised as a courtesy and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Bear Leadership Team or employees of the church.