A map can be viewed here. You may also find Google Earth useful in helping to find your way to us. We have produced several PDF files with directions from various places which you can print out and take with you. You can contact us if you need any other help. Find out more about our city on the Aberdeen City Council site.
Parking can be found either on Rosemount Viaduct, Jack's Brae or Stevenson Street. Directions from Rosemount viaduct round to Jack's Brae/Stevenson Street are here. You can also take the number 3 Bus (Purple line) to Bon Accord Free Church. Further information about buses can be found here or here.
The Church's address is:
Bon Accord Free Church
Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1SN
Our co-ordinates for use with GPS systems are 57° 8'54.53"N and 2° 6'34.84"W
The leadership of the church follows the New Testament model and is simply structured with only two kinds of officer: elders and deacons. Of these two, the higher office is that of the elder and, because the church is ruled by elders, it belongs to the family of churches known as ‘presbyterian’ – a term derived from the Greek word for ‘elder’.
The congregation is currently without a minister following Rev David MacPherson’s move back to Peru to take up a post with Operación San Andrés. During this time of vacancy, Rev Iver Martin acts as Interim Moderator (overseeing minister) and the Sunday Services will be taken by a variety of ministers/speakers drawn generally from across the denomination.
In the words of our former Minister:
Welcome to Bon Accord! Whoever you are and wherever you’re from!
You may be wondering who we are and what we are about; perhaps the best description I could give is that we are a community of ordinary people with an extraordinary God. Many of us have come to trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and we gather week by week to worship and serve God and enjoy fellowship with one another.
Of course others, and this may include you, are not Christians but are keen on discovering more about what the Christian faith is all about. All such are very welcome. In truth we are all still learning and have much to learn; I guess that’s why Jesus calls his followers ‘disciples’ which just means ‘learners’.
If you have questions, please do drop me an e-mail here
Elders are a group of rulers elected by each organised group of worshipping people (congregation) to oversee the spiritual welfare of the congregation. This group will include at least one ruler specially trained and set apart to teach (the minister). As a formal body, they are known as the Kirk Session (or, simply, the Session). In the Presbyterian system, every Session is represented in a superior court (the Presbytery) which consists of a certain number of congregations within a specified geographical boundary. Each Presbytery is then represented in the highest court of the church, the General Assembly. Bon Accord has 11 elders and the congregation is part of the Presbytery of Edinburgh and Perth.
Deacons are individuals elected to take care of the material and financial concerns of the congregation and, as a formal body, they are referred to as the Deacons’ Court. Bon Accord has 7 deacons who are involved in looking after the Church's building, finances, communication and as well as practical support for individuals.
The Free Church of Scotland currently has over 100 congregations in Scotland, as well as 2 in London. The church also has links to other denominations in North America and sister churches founded by mission work in India, Peru and South Africa. The Church also has a full time seminary in the heart of Edinburgh for the training of ministers and other Christian workers and sustains an extensive Missionary programme relative to the size of the church.
The Free Church of Scotland is a mainstream church dating from 1843 but with its roots in the Reformation. It owes its distinctive title to its historical struggle to remain 'free' from state interference in its internal affairs.
It has close and active relations with many other Reformed churches of Jesus Christ throughout the world and stands firmly in the tradition which accepts the Bible in its entirety as the Word of God and, therefore, derives its forms of teaching, worship, ministry and government from it.
The Free Church of Scotland is committed to the following core truths:
- The only true God exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- God has created the universe and sovereignly controls it
- Humanity fell into a state of sin through disobeying God and rebelling against him with the result that we are alienated from God and liable to eternal punishment
- God provided his son, Jesus Christ (who is both fully human and fully Divine) as a Saviour
- Jesus Christ provides salvation through his life, death and resurrection, thus making a new reconciled relationship between God and humanity
- We need a personal faith in Christ in order to be brought into this new relationship with God and to be saved from sin and its consequences
- The Holy Spirit is the author and sustainer of the spiritual life necessary for such a relationship with God in Christ
- The return of Christ, the resurrection of the body, and the final judgement are coming events when the destiny of all shall be sealed either in heaven or in hell
All these Bible truths are affirmed in the ancient creeds of the catholic Christian Church as well as the Westminster Confession of 1643, to which the Free Church is commited.
How does the Free Church worship?
The worship of the church follows the New Testament model and is characterised by simplicity. Because of the fundamental importance of God's Word, primary place is given in worship to the reading and preaching of it. The congregation responds to these first by hearing and then by offering itself to God in the other acts of worship which are prayer, the singing of inspired songs and the giving of offerings. The worship is concluded with the benediction. The Lord's Supper is held on a regular basis, although not weekly, and baptism is also administered as needed.
How does the Free Church engage in ministry?
As the New Testament teaches, all members of the church are called to use whatever divinely granted fits they have received by serving the congregation, the wider church, and the community.
This use of gifts is seen in such activities as the provision of Sunday schools and other activity groups for children; special meetings, clubs and a national programme of summer camps for young people as well as many specific local ministries to particularly vulnerable groups, including drug addicts, the homeless and asylum seekers
As a Bible believing church our emphasis is of course on the Bible. Our simple style of worship means that we both sing from the Bible and focus our whole attention on hearing what God says to us through His Word.
Brief overview of what we believe:
- We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus is the eternal, uncreated Son of God and equal to the Father and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Son became a man; and in so doing He became fully human whilst never ceasing to be fully God.
- We believe that His death at Calvary was the once for all perfect sacrifice in which Jesus paid the full penalty for the sins of all those who trust in Him.
- We believe that Jesus rose again from the dead and ascended to Heaven where He lives and rules.
- We believe that, by repenting from sin and by trusting in Jesus’ death and resurrection, a person will be set free from the guilt of their sin and given the gift of everlasting life.
- We believe in the Second coming of Jesus, the resurrection of the dead, and the Day of Judgement.
- We believe in the life after death.
- We believe that the Bible is the fully inspired Word of God.
This is only a small summary of what we believe. A full summary of our teaching is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith
Want to learn more?
The best way to learn more about Jesus and what He means to us is to come along to one of our services (Sundays at 11am and 6pm), and you are welcome to stay for tea and coffee afterwards, and to have a chat about what was said in the service, or just get to know us better. If you would rather you can also listen to our services live on the internet, just visit the website at 11:00 or 18:00 on a Sunday and follow the link.
However, if you aren't sure whether you want to go to church, but would like to learn more about Christianity (or us), we would be delighted to hear from you. You might like to attend a Christianity Explored course which is an excellent way to find out more.
Our church is part of a wider denomination in Scotland with some church branches overseas.
The congregation is currently without a minister following Rev David MacPherson's move back to Peru to take up a post at Operacion San Andres. During this time of vacancy, Rev Iver Martin acts as Interim Moderator (overseeing minister) and the Sunday services will be taken by a variety of ministers/speakers drawn generally from across the denomination.
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Due to the Covid-19 crisis, church building capacity is restricted to 50 people, therefore registering in advance is essential. An online form will be made available each week and an email containing further details will be distributed to the congregation in advance. If you are not on the distribution list but would like to enquire about registering, please contact us here.
Updated information on changes to the church building layout and operating procedures for people in the building is available here.
Both morning and evening services will continue to be streamed live at 11:00 and 18:00. Click here to be taken directly to this page.