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. We are now running joint services from one church with video streaming to the other two and for those who can watch from home – follow our regular Sunday service or watch on our YouTube channel using the links below:
- Sunday Worship, 22 November 2020Contents: Welcome; Hymn 459 Crown him with many crowns; All age time; Prayer; Reading Matthew 25: 31-46; Hymn 436 Christ triumphant ever reigning; Reflection; Prayer for others; Hymn 458 At the name of Jesus; Blessing
- Memorial Service, 1st November 2020A special service of worship in memory of those we have lost this year
Click on the date above 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 25 November25 November International Day for the elimination of violence against women Violence against women is understood by the UN to encompass a range of actions including psychological, physical and sexual violence. It can be carried out in the home, or in the wider culture, it can be by family members …
- Thought for the day 24 November24 November Never mind Christmas plans, what about today, the here and now? Infection rates are much lower than they were, and appear to be part of a general downward trend – presumably in response to the strict Tier regulations that are in place. At least that suggests there is …
- Thought for the day 23 November23 November There is much in the media today about Christmas being ‘saved’. We know what they mean – the ‘usual’ sort of midwinter festivities. It won’t be exactly the same as in previous years, as Christmas markets were cancelled some months ago; pantomimes, concerts, school events etc won’t be …
- Accessing the online services from Advent to EpiphanyAll members of the Dumbarton congregations will this week be receiving a Christmas card with details of church services in the Dumbarton Linkage between Advent Sunday (29 November) and Epiphany (6 January). The details and times are correct. However the link to the YouTube channel takes you to the Remembrance …
- Thought for the day 21 November21 November World Hello Day No I hadn’t heard of it either, but it’s the 48th. It started after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, with the objective of promoting conversation to resolve differences. The idea is that you say ‘Hello’ to 10 different people today – and preferably have …
- Thought for the day 20 November20 November World Children’s Day Established by the UN 66 years ago, it was on this day in later years that it adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on Rights of the Child. Both are recognised in our education system, and in other parts …
- Donations to Poppy Scotland
If you want to donate to Poppy Scotland for Remembrance this year, but haven’t seen anyone collecting, details from their website say:
By phone call 0131 550 1542 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 4.30pm)
By cheque post to:
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Please make cheques and postal/money orders payable to Poppyscotland
Electronically Visit the website https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk
- Moderator’s note to all Clyde congregations 6 September 2020
Last Tuesday, the former Presbyteries of Dumbarton and Greenock & Paisley united to form Clyde Presbytery. I have the honour of being its first Moderator.
For many years people across the Church of Scotland have felt that the Church’s structure – designed for circumstances pertaining 40-50 years ago – needs to be overhauled drastically to meet the very different world of the 2020s and beyond. The creation of Clyde Presbytery is part of a wider programme of change across the Church of Scotland – a programme that will probably be extended and speeded up to reflect the challenges and opportunities arising from the Coronavirus pandemic.
The union of the two Presbyteries, and the changes that will in time flow from it, are designed to refocus the role of Presbytery: instead of primarily having an administrative function, it will in future provide congregations with support in a variety of ways. It will take time for Clyde Presbytery to settle into its new role and for new support staff to be recruited (not helped by the limitations in place thanks to the pandemic).
To the Minister or Interim Moderator, Kirk Session, Office-bearers, members and the wider church family of your congregation, I bring the greetings and good wishes of Clyde Presbytery. We give God thanks for all that you have been doing over recent months to continue his work in your congregation and community, and pray for his continued blessing on you as you continue striving to do his work.
Moderator Clyde Presbytery
- NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit – Dumbarton
Please pass this information onto anyone that might be interested:
A new mobile testing unit, will be located at the Meadows Centre, Meadows Road, Dumbarton from 03/09/20. The centre will operate on alternate days including weekends & testing will be available by booking an appointment through NHS Inform.
Communities Project Worker – Communities Team
Housing & Employability
West Dunbartonshire Council
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:
- Moderator’s note to all Clyde congregations 6 September 2020