About Riverside

Children releasing balloons during a service

Children releasing balloons during a service

A Church of Scotland congregation located at the end of Dumbarton’s High Street, on the junction of Castle Street and Church Street, Riverside Parish Church is at the centre of the town.  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 following the deferred linkage with Dumbarton: West Kirk.

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 was formed in the 1970s as the union of Dumbarton Old Parich Church, Dumbarton High Church and Dumbarton North Church.  Knoxland Parish Church joined the union in the 1980s.

Click here to view a brief history of the church in Dumbarton and links to information about the church buildings are here.

Click here if you would like to read about the creation of the stunning Millenium Window above the main front doors.


Dumbarton: Riverside was linked with Dumbarton: The West Kirk, in 2014. Following a change in the Presbytery Plan Dumbarton: St Andrews became part of the linkage in 2018.  The 3 congregations currently share one minister.


We generally conduct baptisms on a monthly basis. It is preferable that parents bringing their children for baptism are church members, or come to church on a regular basis. If you are not a member or willing to come to church with your children, then perhaps a blessing of your child might be more appropriate for your family. The church office will ensure that your details are passed on to the minister and they will be happy to talk this through with you.


Riverside is happy to consider requests for weddings. Please contact the church office and they will pass your details onto the minister. While there is no wedding fee, Riverside now has to pass on the costs for the services for the organist and church officer on the day, along with a charge for heating and lighting. There is a discount for members, and full details can be given by the Church office.


Riverside is eager to ensure that there is pastoral care at such times for both its members and for those who live in the parish area. This means that we can undertake to arrange the conduct of funerals for those within our parish area, or those who are on the membership role. For those who live beyond the boundary of the parish, we would ask that an initial approach is made to their local parish minister. Please note that we are not always able to meet requests for specific times on specific days, and would ask families to ask the Undertaker to consult with the minister before the final arrangements for a service is made. In the event of a family bereavement we are sure that you will find the local undertakers most helpful.

Please find contact details here


Please find information about worship at Riverside here


Donations are greatly appreciated via the collection plate, Free Will Offering envelopes or Direct Debit – please contact the church office for more information. Gift Aid enables Riverside to reclaim the tax on your donations directly from the government at no cost to you.

For an alternative way of helping us raise funds while purchasing online, please go to:


Hall Lets

The letting of the accommodation at our church complex is on a non profit-making basis and charges are tailored according to the intended use of the accommodation and the duration. For further information please contact the church office to discuss your requirements.

Privacy Policy

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5 Responses to About Riverside

  1. catherine reid says:

    What a wonderful church website with lots of information to all the activities thats going on in the Church and with easy access to the web pages.

    • Riverside Update says:

      Thanks Catherine! Are you local? If you are in the area please let us know & come join us one Sunday; we always like to welcome new folk, whether from Dumbarton or visitors here for just a short time.



  2. Excellent website. There is a lot going on in your church, and whoever has put all the information together has done a great job.

  3. T Neville says:

    I was wondering if I could trace some relatives from Dunbarton My Great Grandfather worked in a shipyard in the Clydevalley possibly 1880s? His name could have been James Neville or Robert Neville.
    Thanking you in anticipation
    T Neville
    N Ireland

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