News Bulletin for Bon Accord Free Church
Sunday Services – 22nd May 2022
We would love to welcome you to our worship services this Sunday!
11am - ‘Reside in Him’ - John 15:1-17 – Joe Hall
6pm – ‘East of Eden’- Genesis 4:1-26 - Joe Hall
If you are unable to attend in-person you can find both services live-streamed here:
During the morning service, there will be a creche for those aged 0-3 years.
Today there is Sunday School for children in Pre-School to P7 and Bible Class for young people in S1-S4. They will leave for their classes during the second singing. Just follow the crowd.
After the evening service, there will be an informal Youth Fellowship. Please speak to Rhiannon, Calum, Patrick or Olivia for more information.
Tea and coffee will be served after both services. We would love you to come and join us.
The Week at a Glance
Monday 23rd May
Ladies Book Group – 7:30pm in the foyer. All ladies welcome.
Wednesday 25th May
The Well Drop-In Café - 2pm – 4pm. Meets in the foyer. All are welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a chat.
Neighbourhood Fellowships – various locations around Aberdeen and the Shire. Please speak to Joe or Judy if you would like to join your local group for friendship, Bible Study and prayer.
Thursday 26th May
Guys and Girls Bible Study – 7 pm. Please speak to Anne MacDonald or Ian Macleod for more information.
Little Lambs Parent & Toddler Group - 9:30am - 11:30am. Enter by the back door. All parents and grandparents welcome.
Office Bearer’s Prayer Meeting - 8am – Meeting in-person in the church.
We would love everyone who is part of Bon Accord to be included in our new updated church directory.
It is not too late!
Photos for the Church Directory
Over the next two Sundays 22nd May and the 29th May we will be taking photos for the church directory which will be ready to launch in ChurchSuite in a few weeks.
Having your photo in our new church directory will be so helpful so we can put faces to the names.
I promise the process will be painless and take less than one minute.
The General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland is meeting next week in Edinburgh. Please pray for Joe and Mike as they attend. If anyone needs to contact Joe next week he will be available on his mobile for limited times during from Monday to Thursday. Please feel free to call or text him if needed.
Office Bearer’s Prayer Meeting 28th May
The next office bearer's prayer meeting will take place on Saturday 28th May from 0800 - 0900 at Bon Accord. Please note this meeting will be in-person.
Midsummer Evening Hillwalk – Clachnaben – June 17th
On Friday 17th June a few of us are hoping to do an evening hill walk up Clachnaben to enjoy the sunset and hopefully stunning views of Aberdeenshire!
The hill walk will take around 3 hours and is around 9km in length.
We will meet at the Glen Dye car park at 7pm and finish up around 10pm.
Dogs are welcome but will need to be kept on the lead during certain sections of the walk due to the sheep.
If you would like to come please let Angus (07843172313) or Judy (07449775270) know by 12th June so we can arrange lifts and car shares if necessary.
Please bring with you sturdy walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, a torch, water, snacks and a flask of something warm to enjoy at the top.
The walk has some uneven parts and some steep sections. However, it is suitable for most people with moderate fitness, older children and teenagers.
Here is the link to the walk on the Walk Highland website:
Prayer Meeting and Neighbourhood Fellowships
Over the next few weeks in our fortnightly Prayer Meetings, and Neighbourhood Fellowships we are going to be looking at the theme of friendship using the book ‘True Friendship’ by Vaughan Roberts. There are copies of the book available for a small donation of £3. Please pick your copy up in the foyer.
Congregational Lunch – 19th June
After two long years without one, we are planning a congregational lunch on the 19th of June. Pop the date in your diary and come and join us for a time of food and friendship after the morning service. All are welcome!
Prayer Points for the Week Ahead
- Pray for those who are new to our congregation, that they might settle, grow in relationships quickly and feel at home at Bon Accord.
- Pray for 'The Well', that good connections would be made in the local community and people would come in and see the outworking of God’s love in those who volunteer week by week.
- Pray for the Elders as we consider how we pastorally care for and disciple those in our congregation over the coming months.
- Pray for those who find it difficult through health or circumstances to be with us in person on Sundays.
- Give thanks and pray for the students who are finishing exams, and those who are going away over the summer. Pray for their spiritual health and growth over the summer months.
Our City and Nation
- Inter-Church Holiday Club
Pray for the Holiday Club and Legacy being run in the summer, for team members who will be able to serve and for children to come and hear the gospel perhaps for the first time.
- Ferintosh Free Church
Give thanks for vibrant Bible Study groups and youth discussion groups. Pray for growth in grace and for sanctified imagination in seeking to connect the people around us, young and old, to the gospel message.
Give thanks for recent additions to the congregation and pray they would integrate effectively into the ongoing mission of the church to the North Black Isle and beyond.
- General Assembly
Give thanks to God for the service over the past year of current Moderator Rev. Neil MacMillan and pray for Moderator Designate Rev. Principal Iver Martin as he prepares to address the General Assembly and moderate proceedings.
Pray that the Lord would direct the decisions made and bless the time to the building up of his church in Scotland.
- Garrabost Free Church
Thank God for His goodness to us over the last two years, for good numbers attending the service and for being able to resume regular church activities.
Pray that the leadership will be given wisdom and grace for the way forward as restrictions are lifted.
- Free Church Youth Camps
Give thanks for all the leaders and campers going to camps this summer. Pray that these would be good for the spiritual growth of our young people – especially leaders and campers going from Bon Accord.
Our Mission Partners
- Bethany Christian Trust
Pray for the Toastie Club that meets every Wednesday at lunchtime. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with those who come.
Pray for those in our city who are struggling with homelessness, addiction, mental health issue and loneliness and for those in Bethany who reach out to them with both physical and spiritual help.
- The Persecuted Church – Eritrea
Pray that imprisoned Christians and their families will be sustained by God’s grace and presence. Pray for wisdom, discernment and boldness for believers as they seek to meet together. Ask God to protect Christians who convert from Islam, or who join a church outside of the Orthodox tradition.
- Pray for the situation in Hong Kong where liberties are shrinking, not least for Christians and the church.
- Pray for God’s wisdom and truth to prevail in the sanctity of life discussions taking place in the USA and here in the UK. Pray that the most vulnerable would be protected.
- Pray for those suffering in Ukraine, for peace to return and for their loss to be limited. Pray that the Lord would restrain the violence. Pray especially for Christians in Ukraine not to lose faith, but to look to Christ and cling to him in their loss.