Bear Essentials Week Beginning Sunday 4 March 2018

THE BEAR Essentials

  ‘ ...put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude
 of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.’

Ephesians 4:22-24

Bear Notices

Student Worship Night – 7.30 pm at The Bear Saturday 3 March. Organised by Becky B,  for post 16 students – 25 years. If you’d like to know more please contact

Sunday Morning 4 March – We will be taking a break from bread this Sunday as we head back into Ephesians with Pastor P, although I can’t guarantee it will be completely gluten-free. Prayer is at 10am in the foyer and as always 10.30am in your seats please. Youth are in the service and children’s groups will run as usual. There are road closures due to the London Half-Marathon (see below) but don’t let that put you off. Just leave a bit earlier...

The Evening Service  – NO EVENING SERVICE 4 March, but please support the team by getting involved next week. Book in 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, Margaret, Richard, Karen to name a few. Click on link and further ahead to help:  

London Half-Marathon – the London Half Marathon will be passing through Deptford, and many roads will be closed for the morning. We can leave our cars at the car park on Vanguard Street – off Friendly Street – which is only a 6-minute walk to church. Or if you can, leave the car at home. Check the map at Tim, Declan, Kelly (Bear Cubs), Dean and Annalisa (ex Bear) are all running – let’s hear it for them and their chosen charities!

Joseph – there will be an evening of remembrance for Joseph M on Wednesday 7 March 8pm at Richard and Sally’s home near New Cross Gate. Joseph died suddenly 2 years ago. All are welcome to join us as we remember Joe, and to lift up his parents, Richard and Amanda and sister, Livvy. Please speak to Richard or Sally if you would like to come.

Cake Sale – There will be a cake sale at the Bear 11 March after the service. All proceeds will go to our Bear youth going on summer teams this August to China, India and Uganda. If you would like to donate a homemade or bought cake please email or speak to me, Tracy. Thanks!

Bread of Life – on Sunday 18 March, we will be inviting Springs Dance Company to speak to us using dance instead of words through ‘Bread of Life’ – a production of movement, story and music. Inspired by the first Easter, yet set today, the show is a response to the Invitation to 'Come and eat,’ with themes of human relationship, struggle and joy, there’s something for everyone to eat!

Stress Workshop – run by Becky B for all students. At The Bear Wednesday 7 March 3-5 pm. Based on CBT, offering practical strategies and relaxation techniques to manage stress. This is a FREE event, but please email to book.

Get On The Good Foot – live music at The Bear on Saturday 10 March. Featuring some of our top dance music talent, the gig has been organised to support John F and Kelly H running the London Marathon. Tickets £10/£8 from (search ‘Get On The Good Foot’) All profit goes to John and Kelly’s chosen charities - Bench Outreach and the London Community Foundation. Flyer is attached to send on to friends and family. If you are able to help out on the night behind the bar please contact or speak to her on Sunday.

Women’s Prayer Lunch –  next one is Wednesday 14 March 1 pm at Tessa’s home in Brockley/Forest Hill. Katharine A started this mid-week lunch in 2003. ‘It was set up to offer friendship, lunch and prayer to any women in the Bear who turned up on the day, without any commitment, just turn up and contribute if you want to.’  Fifteen years later, it’s still the same. Come along, bring something edible to share if you can, and enjoy friendship and prayer. Contact

Men’s Weekend Away – Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July staying in a cottage and converted boatshed by the River Thurne, Norfolk. It’s for all the men/boys 15+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent) £60 per person. River, bed, boats and meat all included, but not travel. Please speak to Daniel if you'd like more information.

Camping - A number of Bear families are booking into Kingsdown Camp site in Kent for the Bank Holiday Weekend 24th-27th August.
There are no planned activities for the weekend – it’s just camping together.  But book in now if you you want to come because the campsite will fill up.
Details can be found at  A minimum of 2 night rate applies on Bank Holiday dates. Adults £10-14 per night, Children (4-17yrs) = £6,  Up to 3yrs Free.

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 –

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

Running Men - “Tim and Declan are running the ‘Big Half’ marathon ending at Cutty Sark in Greenwich on Sunday 4 March to raise money for the 999 Club and Bench. You can make a donation via

Transforming the Mind -  Christian Postgrad's Conference 15-17th June in Derbyshire. Are you studying for a masters or PhD while seeking to follow Jesus Christ? Are you a Christian working in a university or other academic centre and struggling to find people who understand your calling? Transforming the Mind could be the most important date in your diary this year! The 2018 conference will take place in Dovedale House, in the beautiful surroundings of the Derbyshire Peak District. There is a £79 early bird rate before 30 April. More details here  or ask Helen Moore Please share with your friends!

Week Beginning Sunday 4 March

10 am                   Prayer
10.30 am              Sunday Morning Service

10 am                   Bear Cubs
8 pm                     STIG

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

3-5 pm                  Stress Workshop (For 18-25 yrs)
8 pm                     Home Groups

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

9.30 am                Bear Cubs
1 pm                     English Fridays

7.30 pm                 Get on the Good Foot


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