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, 17th January 2021
    Welcome: Arise, shine, for your light has come; and over you the glory of the LORD has dawned.
  • Sunday Worship, 10 January 2021
    Welcome “The Lord is strength to his people, a safe refuge for his anointed one. Save your people and bless those who belong to you, shepherd them and carry them for ever.” Psalm 28: 8-9

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:

  • Christingle and the Nativity

    Watch our Christingle videos:

  • Follow Mary, Joseph and the donkey

    Every year for each night during advent members of our congregation host Mary, Joseph and the donkey for the night. Due to restrictions they are unable to visit households this year but it hasn’t stopped them visiting Dumbarton. For the whole of advent they will be taking a tour around the town and we will be sharing photos of them every day.

    Mary, Joseph and the Donkey have arrived in Dumbarton. Here they are getting off the train at Dumbarton East train station. They are off to find somewhere to stay, we hope they find somewhere with a room.

    Follow their journey on our Facebook page:


  • 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:

    Fundraising Department
    New Haig House
    Logie Green Road
    EH7 4HQ

    Please make cheques and postal/money orders payable to Poppyscotland

    Electronically                      Visit the website https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk

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: