News Bulletin for Bon Accord Free Church

 
 Sunday Services – 12th June 2022
 
We would love to welcome you to our worship services this coming Sunday.
 
 
11am - ‘Love, Joy and Peace from Father, Son and Holy Spirit –  John 16: 16 – 33 – Joe Hall
 
 
6pm – ‘How God Saves the Planet’ - Genesis 7:6-24 – 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. Follow the crowd.
 
There will be a Teens Fellowship after the morning service. Please speak to David and Cassia 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 13th                
 
 
Sole Mates – 1:30pm – Walk in Hazelhead Park and Woods. Meet at the café. The walk is suitable for all ages and abilities.
 
 
Tuesday 14th    
 
 
Ladies Book Group- 6:30pm. Meet at Cath Gilbert’s. If you need a lift please speak to Wilma N.
 
 
Wednesday 15th            
 
 
Ladies Bible Study – 10am. Meets in the church foyer. All ladies are very welcome.
 
 
The Well  Café - 2pm – 4pm in the Foyer.
 
 
Prayer Meeting – 7:30pm.  Enter by the back door. We will be continuing our series looking at 'True Friendship'.
 
 
Friday 17th
 
 
Little Lambs Parent and Toddler Group – 9:30am – 11:30am. Meets in the large hall downstairs.  All parenst and grandparents are welcome with their little ones.
 
 
 
Clachnaben Hill Walk – 6:45pm. Meet at the Glen Dye Car Park (more information below).
 
 
 
Saturday 18th
 
 
Teens - 12:00pm – 5pm. Meet at the train station for trip a to Stonehaven. Please bring money for the train, fish and chips/and or ice-cream.  More details will be given in the Facebook group.
 
 
Sunday 19th
 
 
Morning Worship 11am – Joe Hall
 
Evening Worship – 6pm – Joe Hall
 
 

Additional News Items

 
 
 
 
Holiday Club – 10th- 12th August
 
 
Registration is now open. If your child is going into P1-P7,  you can book your child/children’s place now:
 
 
We are also looking for volunteers  for crafts, games, small group leaders, drama, creche, music, sound and lunches. You do not need to commit to helping for all three days. If you can only help for one or two days that is very welcome.
 
Please speak to Anne or Judy by the 12th of June if you would like to be part of the team.
 
 
Legacy - 10th - 12th August
 
LEGACY will be running from Wednesday 10 August to Friday 12 August, 7:00PM-10:00PM, drop off and pick up at Bon Accord Free Church. Teens ENTERING S1 in the autumn, up to teens ENTERING S6 in the autumn, are very welcome to join us for epic games in the dark!
 
Register your Teens place now:
 
http://www.hebronaberdeen.org.uk/legacy
 
CALL FOR LEGACY LEADERS for this three-day, teens Holiday Club LEGACY! Have you been a leader for years and are itching to get back out into the field? Were you a teen the last time Legacy happened, and are looking forward to putting on, at last, a BLACK Leader shirt and showing us how it is done? Have you never done teens ministry before, but are interested to see what you can learn about reloading Nerf Guns and taking out Scavengers? Then get in touch with Cassia and David Boyd to see how you might fit in to our talented and committed team.
 
Church Suite
 
We would love everyone who is part of Bon Accord to be included in our new updated church directory. It is not too late!
 
If you have not received an email with a form to fill in with your contact details please speak to Judy or email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 Evening Hillwalk – Clachnaben – June 17th @ 6:45pm
 
 
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 6:45pm and start walking at 7pm promptly and finish up around 10pm.
 
 
If you are coming from the centre of Aberdeen the drive to the car park will take around 40 minutes.
 
 
Dogs are welcome but 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. The car park is not large so if you can car-share with a friend or two.
 
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 of moderate fitness, older children and teenagers.
 
Here is the link to the walk on the Walk Highland website:
 
 
If the weather looks bad for that evening I will send an email out to confirm whether the walk goes ahead or not.
 
 
Church Lunch – 19th June
 
There will be a Congregational Lunch on Sunday 19 June after the morning service. All are welcome! Just head donwstiars after the end of the moring service.
 
It will be wonderful to spend time together and share a meal. There will also be a short information and training session on using our new church app called ChurchSuite.
 
 
Family Service
 
On the 26th June there will be a Family Service followed by gift-giving to the children of the church. We would love as many families as possible at this service. We would encourage them to sit downstairs so they can receive their gifts easily.
 
 
 
Church Day Out
 
A date for your diaries! We will be having our annual Church Day Out on 27 August from 2pm until 5pm at Hillview Community Church. This is a wonderful opportunity for the church family to have fun, have fellowship and enjoy delicious food together.
 
There will be refreshments, home-baking, games, a bouncy castle, BBQ and more. The outing is for EVERYONE! Whether you are yet to have your first birthday or have had more than 80 birthdays...you are invited, and we would love to see you there. There is something for everyone.
 
If you would like to help in anyway, please speak to Judy.
 
 
 
Evangelism – Why and How?  - An Evening with Rico Tice
 
You are warmly invited to an evening with Rico Tice, at Deeside Christian Fellowship, on Tuesday 14th June, 7:30-9pm.
 
Rico is Senior Minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place in London. He is founder of the Christianity Explored course, which is run in over 110 countries worldwide. Rico is coming to Aberdeen to equip us for the vital task of personal evangelism, and will speak on the theme ‘Evangelism – why and how?’
 
Click on the link below to book your place.
 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/evangelism-why-and-how-rico-tice-tickets-341788868707?fbclid=IwAR1y8Ahj0zO5okWuhDwvFJcvcLUQil_AM3svppAIWpTWSIMaOYTKfotOM90
 
 
 
A Biblical View of Depression
 
On Tuesday 28th June at 7:30pm at Hebron Evangelical Church,  Dale Johnson from the Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors (ACBC) on the subject of Depression. The talk will answer the question, what are the causes of Depression and how can God help
 
Here is the link to the Event on Facebook if you wish to register your interest and read some more information.
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/730337038163813?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22event_friend_going%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_id=1653997275411981&notif_t=event_friend_going&ref=notif
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
  • Give thanks and pray for the children of our church, our Sunday School and Bible Class and the upcoming Family Service.
 
  • Pray for the Holiday Club and Legacy being run in the summer, for team members who will be able to serve and children to come and hear the gospel perhaps for the first time.
 
  • Pray for all the upcoming planned activities in the church: the lunch, the hill walk, Accord, teens trips and more.  Pray that God would use them to build and strengthen friendships and fellowship within our congregation, so that we would love and serve one another more deeply.
 
  • Emily Giffen – Short term Mission | Moyabamba, Peru
Pray that Emily would be able to communicate effectively despite her not knowing much Spanish as she teaches nutrition classes in the morning and  music classes in the afternoon. Pray that she would have a positive impact on the children and it would be glorifying to God. Pray also Emily for safety and that God would use the next 5 weeks to teach her more about him and what it looks like to live a life of service to the King.
 
  • Eilidh Buchanan – Short Term Mission I Kyrgyzstan
Pray for Eilidh in her short term work with First Serve in Kyrgyzstan this summer, Please pray that people’s hearts and minds would be changed  from the cultural idea that being disable is shameful. Pray that she bears a good witness and shows Christs love through her actions. Pray also for the Christians in Kyrgyzstan as there is  persecution especially amongst young people at school.
 
 
 
Our City and Nation
 
 
  • General Assembly
    Pray for the work of our various Boards and Committees as they begin to implement the decsions of the 2022 General Assembly. Ask God to give them wisdom and ask for His continued blessing on their work.
 
  • Dowanvale
    That our community engagement would continue to bear fruit and that we would have new opportunities to bring the hope of the gospel to the people of Partick and beyond. That recent encouragements of new people attending services would result in lives being transformed by the gospel.
 
  • Free Church Youth Camps
    With only a few weeks left until our Youth Camps begin pray for the staff and volunteers as the make their final preparations. Ask God to give them strength, perseverance and the knowledge that their work will impact our young people for years to come.
 
  • Winchburgh
    We are building towards launch. We are currently having monthly worship service in our house but give thanks for the provision of a space to meet in the Autumn as we move towards weekly services. In addition, there are many practical details that need sorting. Pray that we would be wise and know the Lord's guidance.
 
Our World
 
  • The Persecuted Church – Iran
Pray that house churches will continue to powerfully equip believers for serving Jesus. Ask God to continue to grow His church in Iran—and give courage to leaders. Pray for believers who are in prison because of their faith. Ask God to give them hope and peace.
 
  • Pray for the situation in Hong Kong where liberties are shrinking, not least for Christians and the church. Pray for the Hong Kongers living in Aberdeen, that they might find a home in Christ and in his church here.
  • Pray for those suffering in Ukraine, for peace to return and 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.
If you have any news items or prayer piont please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Thursday.
 
 

 

Little Lambs Parent and Toddler Group

Little Lambs is a playgroup for parents with preschool children – a friendly and happy environment for little ones to have fun and parents to relax and chat. We have an array of equipment and role play toys as well as a craft table for older children and a separate baby area. A healthy kids snack is provided as well as tea/coffee and home bakes for the adults. Each session ends with our popular ‘singing time’ – loved by children and adults alike!

Enter by the back door of the church.

When? Fridays from 9.30 to 11.30am (during Aberdeen City school terms).

Bible and Bagels is an Adult Sunday School that takes place before the Sunday Morning Service at 10am at the small hall. 

For more information, please speak to Jason Chambers.

 

DATA PRIVACY NOTICE – COVID 19 - HOW WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED TO ASSIST WITH NHS SCOTLAND’S TEST AND PROTECT STRATEGY

 

 THE CONGREGATION OF BON ACCORD FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

OF THE FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

IN THE PRESBYTERY OF EDINBURGH & PERTH

 

This privacy notice explains the way in which Bon Accord Free Church of Scotland uses, or “processes”, personal information collected to assist with Test and Protect.  Personal information is any information, held either in paper records or electronically, from which you can be identified, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number.  The processing of personal information is governed by data protection law. “Processing” is anything that is done with personal information, from collection onwards.

The Congregation, jointly with the Presbytery, is the “data controller” in terms of data protection law as we decide on the purposes for, and means by, which your personal information is processed.  Our contact details are provided below.

 

Introduction

For the health and safety of people in this building and to support Test & Protect, we are recording the name and contact details of individuals who enter. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland and statutory partners to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in stopping the spread.

 

1. Why do we need to collect this data?

As stated above, the purpose for which we are processing your personal data is to assist with NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect strategy in tackling the coronavirus public health pandemic. This will involve the gathering of information and, when necessary, the sharing of information with NHS Scotland and statutory partners.  

We will also use your data to help ensure the fair allocation of the limited attendance places available for our church services.

Your data will not be used for any other purpose.

In order to assist in the containment of the virus, we will only share your data when it is requested directly by NHS Scotland and statutory partners.  This will only be in the unlikely event there is a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the premises.  For further information on the NHS Scotland Test and Protect strategy please visit the NHS website.[1]

 

2. What data will we collect?

Your name, contact telephone number (and/or email address), date and time of your arrival and departure.

 

3. What is our lawful basis for collecting this data?

Under data protection law, GDPR Article 6(1), we have a number of lawful bases that allow us to collect and process personal information. In this case, the lawful basis for processing your data is your express consent.

Before sharing any information we will carefully consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights.

 

4. How long will we retain the data?

Your personal data will be retained only for the purposes stated in this privacy notice and will be held by us for no more than 3 weeks (21 days).

All personal data will be held and disposed of in a safe and secure manner.

 

5. Your rights

As defined in the data protection law, GDPR Article(s) 12-23, you have the following rights:

  • The right to be informed about the collection and use of your personal data. This is outlined above.
  • The right to erasure.  If at any point within the 21 days after your visit you decide you’d like us to delete the personal data you provided, please advise us and we will delete that data.
  • The right to object to us processing your personal data. If you do so, we will delete that data.
  • The right to rectification.  If the information held is in any way incorrect, you can contact the data controller and request that the information be rectified.

In certain circumstances exemptions to these rights may apply.  Further information is available on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.[2]

 

6. Do you have a complaint?

If you consider that your personal data has been misused or mishandled by us, you can raise this with us, the congregation. You can contact us by clicking here.

If you remain dissatisfied you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who is an independent regulator. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, or 0303 123 1113, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Any complaint to the Information Commissioner is without prejudice to your right to seek redress through the courts.

 

A Discipleship Explored course will start on Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 7.00pm in the small hall. This course will run for 8 weeks.

If you require any additional information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..