Dumbarton: Riverside

About Riverside

Dumbarton: Riverside is a Church of Scotland congregation located in Dumbarton town centre at the end of the High Street, on the junction of Castle Street and Church Street.  In addition to the main sanctuary building Riverside boasts an impressive suite of modern halls, meeting rooms and kitchens which draw a wide variety of people, young and old, every day of the week, extending our christian fellowship well beyond worship on Sunday mornings.


Rev Ian Johnson was inducted as minister of Dumbarton: Riverside on 27th February 2014 and is now the minister for all three Church of Scotland congregations within Dumbarton.

Development Worker

Marie Clare Dungavell joined us in Summer 2015 as the new Development Worker for the linkage in Dumbarton, focusing on youth engagement.

Pastoral Assistant

Maureen Burke started as our Pastoral Assistant in Spring 2018, working across the 3 parishes in the town.

Dumbarton Riverside Church


Worship has continued on the site of current church since medieval times; the first recorded mention of a church at this location was in 1372, but the discovery of the “Crusader” gravestone points to well established reglious activities here by the late 11th century. The parish of Dumbarton: Riverside was formed in the 1970s as the union of Dumbarton Old Parish Church, Dumbarton High Church and Dumbarton North Church.  Knoxland Parish Church joined the union in the 1980s. For more on the history of the church in Dumbarton please visit http://dumbartonriverside.org.uk/about/dumbarton-parish-church-history/


Dumbarton: Riverside was linked with Dumbarton: The West Kirk, in 2014. Following a change to the Presbytery Plan, Dumbarton: St Andrews became part of the linkage in 2018.  The 3 congregations currently share one minister, a part-time pastoral care assistant and a part-time youth development worker.


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Visit our main website here: http://www.dumbartonriverside.org.uk