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:

  • Sunday Worship 1 August 2021
    He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry live…they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield. Psalm 107: 35-37
  • Sunday Worship, 25 July 2021
    In the days to come the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Isaiah 2: 2

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 30 June
    30  We have travelled a long way since March last year, and have not yet reached the Promised Land of a world safe from Covid infection. There have been low points on the journey: the frustrations of lockdown, people who have caught Covid or Long Covid, people who have died, …

    Thought for the day 30 June Read More »

  • Thought for the day 29 June
    29  There are reports that education officials in England, Scotland and Wales are reviewing for the new school year the need for all children in a class/ year group to isolate if one of them tests positive for Covid. Reviewing is not the same as deciding, but if it is …

    Thought for the day 29 June Read More »

  • Thought for the day 28 June
      The change in English Secretary of State for Health and Social Care over the weekend attracted wall-to-wall headline coverage in the media. When commenting on the story it must be remembered that behind it lies private pain for the families affected, and that must be acknowledged and respected. The …

    Thought for the day 28 June Read More »

  • Thought for the day 26 June
    26   Today is Armed Forces Day, when the country is encouraged to think about and show its appreciation for, our Armed Forces. Usually there will be events around the country to mark it, and Dumbarton hosts it for West Dunbartonshire Council from time to time. No events this year …

    Thought for the day 26 June Read More »

  • Thought for the day 25 June
    25   The media love to make a fuss about foreign holidays (maybe because the editors or commentators want to go abroad for their summer break?) There are concerns about the impact of flows of people on infection rates, and introducing new variants; but there are also many people in …

    Thought for the day 25 June Read More »

  • Thought for the day 24 June
    24   Local schools are due to close today for the summer holidays. It has been a tough year in many ways for staff and pupils. Well done for all you’ve been doing. The local community really appreciate it. We hope you feel the benefit of the summer break, and …

    Thought for the day 24 June Read More »

  • General Assembly 2021

    The General Assembly starts today. You can follow the proceedings online:


  • 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



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: