Bon Accord is a church: a gathered, worshipping, covenant community.
What kind of church are we?
We are a gospel church: the good news of God’s rescue in Jesus is at the heart of all we do.
We are a gathered church: our members and families come from across Aberdeen, Scotland and the World.
We are a growing church: through migration to the city, growing families and new conversions, our church family is growing.
Bon Accord has served Aberdeen and the North East since 1785, in different forms and under different names. We still have a vision today to see the church built up, workers trained and new churches planted in our city and region.
Bon Accord is a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland. This means we are united with other local churches throughout Scotland in belief and worship. Together we share a vision to see “a healthy gospel church for every community in Scotland.”
We believe that God transforms, teaches and rules over us today by his word, the Bible.
On Sunday and throughout the week, the life and worship of our church is therefore centred on God’s word, through preaching, teaching, sharing and studying the Bible. Our beliefs and practices are also drawn from the Bible.
See the section on What we Believe below to find out more.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Together with Christians throughout history and across the world, we believe in:
One triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who created all things, sustains all things, who alone is to be worshipped.
The Bible as a whole, and down to its every word, as breathed out by God, to be the only sufficient way for us to truly know God, his will and his work.
The creation of human beings, male and female, in the image of God, with intrinsic dignity, value and purpose.
The corruption of every part of our nature by original sin, which flows out of our hearts in sinful thoughts, feelings, desires, words and behaviours every day.
The promise and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ – truly God and truly human – as the one and only Saviour from sin and its curse.
The death of Jesus as the final, sufficient sacrifice to pay for the sins of his people.
The bodily resurrection of Jesus as the guarantee of eternal life to his people.
The everlasting reign and intercession of Jesus in heaven on behalf of his people.
The promise and gift of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ people, to indwell, sanctify and help us.
The promised return of Jesus in glory, to judge the living and the dead, and make all things new for his people in the presence of God forever.
We hold to a summary of Christian belief called The Westminster Confession of Faith To find out more about what we believe, click the button above to explore our Confession.
WHO WE ARE
The church is a family, and lots of different people serve in lots of different ways. The Bible teaches there are 2 roles in church life that are needed to sustain a healthy family life within the church: elders and deacons. Together with several women, these groups make up our pastoral care team. The aim of our pastoral care team is to facilitate the spiritual growth and pastoral care of every person who is connected to our church, and help others to do the same.
You can find out more about these roles below.
The church is led by a group of elders (the Kirk Session) who oversee the whole spiritual life of the church, from the faith of individuals and families within the church to our Life Groups to our Sunday services and everything in between. The elders are chosen by the church family to serve in this way. The minister is an elder who’s main responsibility is the preaching and teaching of the Bible.
The church is also served by a group of deacons (the Deacons’ Court) who take care of the practical needs of the church, from personal concerns within the church or on a Sunday, to maintaining the church building and managing our finances. The deacons are chosen by the church family to serve in this way. The deacons are supported by the finance committee of our 2 treasurers.
The elders and deacons are helped and supported in their work by several women, who support the teaching and pastoral care in our Life Groups, walk alongside other women in the church and meet all kinds of needs.
EDNA DE GROOT
Most of the work of the church is shared by the church family as a whole.
4 of us are currently employed to serve the church in different capacities.