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 2021Welcome: Arise, shine, for your light has come; and over you the glory of the LORD has dawned.
- Sunday Worship, 10 January 2021Welcome “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:
- Thought for the day 19 January19 David Buchan, Lennox Evangelical Church 1 Corinthians 3:5 – 9 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So …
- Thought for the day 18 JanuaryToday sees the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Local clergy and church leaders from Dumbarton Churches Together will be submitting Thoughts for the day during that period 18 January Canon Fr Gerry Conroy, priest at St Patrick’s: Although he was a son, he learned obedience …
- Thought for the day 16 January16 One of the activities that helped many through last year’s Lockdown was working in the garden. Given the weather in January and its impact on the garden (sodden, frozen or snow-covered) this isn’t the ideal time of the year to be going out and doing things in the garden. …
- Thought for the day 15 January15 It is generally reckoned that music reaches parts that other things (like words) cannot reach. It is used in many kinds of therapies. It can help to express emotions and feelings. It can help mould our mood. How much are we using music to help us during the pandemic …
- Thought for the day 14 JanuaryOne of the activities which we can do for exercise (well, maybe not on a snowy day like this) is walking. Unless we have mobility problems, or stop to talk to every second person we meet, we can average about three miles in an hour. Over time that mounts up. …
- Coffee & a chat (Sunday mornings)If you want to arrange for the link to be sent to you, contact CJohnson@churchofscotland.org.uk
- Advent 2020 – Click Here2020 Advent Calendar – reveal an Advent message each day
- 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.
- 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
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: