Email Bulletin for Bon Accord Free Church
Sunday Services – 6th March 2022
11am – Ephesians 4:1-16 - Andrew Giffen
6pm – ‘Dogs Welcome’ – Mark 7:24-8:10 – Struan Yarney
If you are unable to attend the service in-person you can find the services here:
During the morning service, there will be a creche for those aged 0-3 years.
There will also be Sunday School and Bible Class during the morning service. The children leave during the second singing to go downstairs for their age-appropriate lessons. Follow the crowd.
After the evening service, there will be a Youth Fellowship. The speaker will be Tim Hayward and the topic is ‘Technology and Social Media – Virtue or Vice?’. All students and young adults are welcome. Head to the hall downstairs after the evening service
Tea and coffee will be served after both services. We would love you to come and join us.
Please continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) in the church building. Seating is available in the gallery or to the front-left of the main seating area for those wishing to remain socially distanced
The Week at a Glance
Ladies’ Bible Study - 10am – Meets in the Foyer. All ladies welcome.
The Well Drop-In Café - 2pm – 4pm - Meets in the Foyer
Prayer Meeting – 7:30pm – We will be continuing our ‘Passion for Life’ series where we are learning how to share our faith intentionally with those around us. Don’t worry if you haven’t been to the other previous sessions. Each video stands alone so you can join at any point. There will be a short devotional, a video, and a time of prayer. All are welcome. Enter by the back door.
Little Lambs Parent & Toddler Group - 9:30am - 11:30am - All parents and grandparents are welcome. Enter by the back door.
Morning Worship – Andy Pearson – 11am
Evening Worship - Communion Service – Andy Pearson – 6pm
Additional News Items
Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 9th March
This week's Prayer Meeting will be in-person in the downstairs hall at 7:30 pm where we will be continuing in our Passion for Life series.
If you are unable to manage in-person here are the details for joining us on Zoom.
Meeting: Wednesday Meeting for Prayer and Bible Study
Meeting ID: 871 0793 3130
Next Sunday we will be joined by Andy Pearson, the minister at St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee. He will be preaching at both services. The evening service will be a communion service. If anyone wishes to become a member of Bon Accord either by profession of your faith or by the transfer of your membership from another congregation then please speak to Joe during the course of this week.
Free Church Of Scotland – Help for Ukraine
The Free Church of Scotland is partnering with Blythswood Care to help raise money for their Ukraine Emergency Appeal.
Take a look at this video by Rev. Neil MacMillan, the Free Church Moderator, to find out more:
To donate, go to: https://blythswood.org/donate-to-ukraine-appeal/
Little Lambs – Helpers Required
Little Lambs are looking for some volunteers to help out on a Friday morning. Numbers have been rising steadily since re-opening last September – there are currently around 40 families registered although only 20 or so attend each week (which can be up to 30 children). Mums enjoy this flexibility as they do not have to come along every week to ensure a place, unlike many other groups in the city. In the past, 6 helpers were present each week but currently there are just 3 plus 2 mums with young children. It would therefore be great if a couple more people were available each week for tasks such as answering the door and greeting families, helping with singing (not obligatory!) and tidying up at the end. This extra help would allow for time to have more meaningful conversations with mums and carers.
If you have some free time on a Friday please consider volunteering. You wouldn’t have to commit to every week, and even coming along for the first hour or the last hour would be a great help. Little Lambs runs from 9.30-11.30am and a good cup of tea/ coffee and a cake is guaranteed!
Please speak to Rachel Stewart if you would like to help.
Crèche - Helpers Required
We are very thankful to God for a growing crèche in Bon Accord with a fantastic, reliable team of volunteers. At the moment there are 3 volunteers weekly on a rolling rota on duty every 5 weeks, which has been working well as many volunteers are committed to taking turns on other rotas, so a huge thank you to you all for your continued support!
As the crèche is growing we need to have 5 volunteers weekly. This means I would be looking for at least another 5-10 volunteers. I would like to appeal to the congregation for help so that the current volunteers do not need to be on the rota more often than they are already and if possible to share the workload with more volunteers. So if you have been on the rota in the past and would like to serve in this way again, please speak to either myself or the safeguarding officers Margaret Ferguson and Catriona Macleod.
Also, if you have not been helping in crèche previously and have experience working with under 3s. We can have a chat and discuss how to go through the application process.
Wilma Morrison - Creche Coordinator
Gleanings of a Shepherds Wife by Ibby Maciver
This book is suitable for all ages and an ideal gift for Christians and non- Christians alike.
Ibby, originally from Caithness is a farmer’s wife in the Black isle. The beautiful photographs of sheep, lambs, and sheepdogs are accompanied by interesting details of the work of the shepherd, her husband Donald. Alongside every short story is a reference to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
The cost of each book is £6 of which £5 will go to the Moldova Support Group. The Moldova Support Group was one of the WFM projects last year. As one of the countries bordering Ukraine the church in Moldova is on the front line of the ensuing refugee crisis.
The books will be for sale in the church foyer.
There are a few additional jars of marmalade available. Please speak to Isobel if you would like one.
Prayer Points for the week ahead:
- Pray for our Sunday School teachers as they plan and prepare age-appropriate Bible lessons week by week. Pray for them as they teach and explain Bible truths and share the love that Jesus has for each one of the children in their class.
- Pray for our Sunday School children as Joe teaches them the New City Catechism each week. Pray that these statements, learned young, will remain with them and guide their understanding of the Bible as they grow up in the Christian faith.
City and Nation
- Portree & Bracadale
Please pray for effectiveness in Portree's minister, Donnie G MacDonald’s, cancer treatment.
- Glenelg &Inverinate
Please pray for our search for a new minister. That God would raise up the right person to come and lead us in worship, revitalisation, discipleship, pastoring and outreach. We give thanks to God for the faithful ministry and service of Ken MacDonald our Pastoral Worker who continues to serve this congregation. We also give thanks to God for the Interim Moderators who have faithfully led and continue to lead us in the vacancy.
Bon Accord Mission Partners
- Rhiannon Cleghorn – RGU CU Relay Worker
Give thanks for events week going ahead as planned and for all the flatmates and friends of the CU members who came along to hear the talks.
Pray for N, an Indian student, with a Hindu background, who came along to the events. Pray for her as she reads ‘Uncover', the gospel of Mark, that she would come to a full understanding of who Jesus is.
Please also pray for Rhiannon as she recovers from Covid and heads off to lead seminars at Forum, the training and teaching conference for new CU leaders.
Pray that the people of Ukraine would be protected from the violence and that there would be provision of essential supplies, such as food and clean water.
Pray for our world leaders who need to balance responding to the injustice of the invasions along with seeking ways to build bridges, de-escalate tensions, and restore global security.
Pray that there would be an immediate end to the violence and that peace would come to the region.
- International Mission to Jewish People
HUNGARY: Bogi Kozma is back in touch with Kinga, a Jewish woman who is open to spiritual conversations. As Bogi meets with her to share the gospel again, please pray that Kinga will soon be saved.
- Catriona Macdonald (Peru/Edinburgh)
Please pray for God to guide Catriona Macdonald as she seeks his will after successfully completing the Masters course at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Pray she will know God's clear direction as well as peace and provision in this time of waiting.
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