Dumbarton: Riverside linked with Dumbarton: West Kirk


Presbytery of Dumbarton Plan

The presbytery’s plan has been approved and adopted by both congregations, which means we are now a linked charged.

This means we share a minister and a development worker, join together for special services at Christmas, Remembrance Day and through the summer holidays, as well as working together on various projects, while maintaining our distinct identities as separate congregations with our own sanctuaries and other buildings across Dumbarton.

Click here to visit our joint website
Click here to visit the West Kirk’s website

Revd Ian Johnson

The Presbytery of Dumbarton held a service of induction at Riverside Church on Thursday 27th February 2014 at 7pm.  A large congregation from Dumbarton: Riverside, Dumbarton: The West Kirk, Greenock Lyle Kirk, friends and family turned up to welcome Ian Johnson.

The Service of Linkage between Dumbarton: Riverside and Dumbarton: The West Kirk, and Ian Johnson’s Introduction as Minister at The West Kirk, took place on Tuesday 26th August 2014 in The West Kirk.


Marie Clare Dungavell

Marie Clare joined us in Summer 2015 as the new Development Worker for both congregations, focusing on youth engagement.


Parish Profiles

We produced parish profiles to provide more detailed information about the town of Dumbarton and both congregations.

Please click here to visit the Parish Profile section.



3 Responses to Dumbarton: Riverside linked with Dumbarton: West Kirk

  1. Riverside Update says:

    It was announced in church this morning that the Presbytery of Dumbarton has now intimated that a service of induction will be held in Riverside Church on Thursday 27th February 2014 at 7pm. A warm invitation is extended to all.

    It is expected that a service of linkage between the two congregations will take place in the near future; this will be intimated as soon as the details are known.

  2. Riverside Update says:

    Great news for Dumbarton – it was announced at both Riverside and The West Kirk yesterday that we now have a sole nominee.

    He is the Revd. Ian Johnson who is presently the minister at the Lyle Kirk in Greenock.

    Ian will preach as sole nominee on Sunday 19th January…. 10.00 am at the West Kirk followed at 11.30 am in Riverside. After each service members and adherents will be asked to vote i.e. West Kirk members voting in the West Kirk, and Riverside members voting in Riverside. The result of the ballot will be declared to both congregations after the second service at Riverside….lunch will be served to both congregations while we wait on the result of the ballot. Mr Johnson comes with the unanimous recommendation of the Nominating Committee who feel that his style of ministry will suit both congregations.

    • Riverside Update says:

      Ian Johnson preached yesterday as sole nominee to Dumbarton: Riverside in deferred linkage with Dumbarton: The West Kirk. Ian led worship at both churches in front of strong attendances of members and adherents who afterwards voted on whether to accept him as our new minister. Large numbers from both churches enthusiastically gathered in Riverside’s halls for tea and coffee while the counting took place. The results, announced by Rev Eleanor McMahon, were overwhelmingly in support of calling Ian to be our new minister. The halls were buzzing with excitement and people spoke of the sense of optimism and hope as, with God’s grace, we enter this new era of ministry together in Dumbarton.

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