About the Church of Scotland in Dumbarton

Following a number of changes to the Presbytery of Dumbarton’s plan for the area it was decided that the three congregations within the town of Dumbarton (St Andrews, Riverside and The West Kirk) should be linked with a view to some form of union at a future date. This triple linkage was completed on 17th January 2018 at a Presbytery service of linkage and induction. The Rev. Ian Johnson is the minister for all three congregations. He leads our ministry team which now includes Development Worker Marie Clare Dungavell and Pastoral Assistant Maureen Burke.


Under normal circumstances worship would be continuing at each of the three parish churches in Dumbarton, but due to Covid-19 church services are restricted. Follow our regular Sunday service using the links below:

Click on the title/date to view the full service of worship.

Thought for the Day

Since the start of the Corona Virus Lockdown in mid-March the Minister has been publishing daily thoughts and prayers. The most recent ones are listed here:

  • Thought for the day 15 April
    15 The sun is shining, and the temperature is forecast to be higher than parts of South East England today (though maybe not at sun-bathing levels!) Good weather raises our mood, while cold and dampness tends to pull us down. There’s probably a good medical explanation (chemical or psychological), but …

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  • Thought for the day 14 April
    14 It was a very pleasant surprise yesterday to hear that travel restrictions in Scotland will be lifted on Friday. For some people it means being able to see family and friends that they haven’t seen for months; for others, who feel a sense of claustrophobia from ‘living local’, it …

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  • Thought for the day 13 April
    13 Parkinson’s Awareness Week (11-17) Parkinson’s Disease is reckoned to affect about 145,000 people in Britain. It is a neurological condition: as it develops, cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. Symptoms start to appear when the brain cannot produce enough of a chemical called …

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  • Thought for the day 12 April
    12 The Parliaments and Assemblies of the UK have been recalled today for members to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday. Although his lifestyle was very different from that of most people, there were many areas in which his life experience, and opinion, was not …

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  • Thought for the day 10 April
    How are you coping with the slightly eased restrictions? Feeling relieved that you can do a bit more, or frustrated about the things you still can’t do? Hard as it is having to wait, there’s no benefit in wishing away the next 3 weeks (or longer, depending on what you …

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  • Thought for the day 9 April
    How many of us have managed to book an appointment to have our hair cut, or maybe even have had it cut? 18 months ago, who would have imagined that getting one’s hair cut could be such a big thing in our lives? It is partly that many of us …

    Thought for the day 9 April Read More »

  • Lent Studies

    On Zoom

    • Thursdays 25 February – 25 March 10.30-11.30am


    • Tursdays 25 February – 25 March 7.30-8.30pm

    Theme: Getting to know each other

    • 25 Feb Human bingo
    • 4 Mar Desert island hymns
    • 11Mar Sharing our stories
    • 18 Mar Understanding different generations
    • 25 Mar What do I call you? 
  • Lent Lunches

    On Zoom

    • Thursdays 25 February – 30 March. 12noon-12.45pm
    • Bring along your lunch and chat to others online.
    • Short reflection at the end
    • contact the minister for the link

  • Lent and Easter Activities for Younger Members

    Building on the Mary, Joseph and the Donkey approach in Advent, Marie Claire is planning to make some decorated stones with symbols associated with the Easter story, and hide them around Dumbarton. Pictures will appear on Facebook, people will be encouraged to look for them and make their own stones to add to the collection. Copies will be shared with schools. Further details will be given in the ‘notices’ in a Sunday service, and on the Facebook pages



  • Activities for Lent 2021

    Lent Studies

    • Thursdays 25 February – 25 March on Zoom 10.30am or 7.30pm
    • (contact minister for access link)

    ‘Lent Lunches’

    • Thursdays 25 February – 25 March on Zoom
    • Bring your own lunch, chat with others and short devotions
    • (contact minister for access link)

This is the joint website for Dumbarton: St Andrews, Dumbarton: Riverside and Dumbarton: West Kirk.
Due to the challenges of the Corona Virus COVID-19 and the need to do as much as possible online we are combining our efforts on this page to avoid duplication and to streamline our efforts around worship, Bible readings, prayer and wider community support.

Further details about the three Church of Scotland parishes in Dumbarton can be found below: