Thought for the day 27 April

Many folk remark on how friendly the lockdown has made complete strangers: a quick ‘hello’ can turn into a conversation, and you feel as if you’ve been friends for years. Yet there are other folk that seem studiously to avoid eye-contact, head down, look straight-on, don’t respond when you speak. Are they always like that? Are they afraid of making contact, afraid of catching the virus? What will it be like if we all have to start wearing masks outside, and we can’t see smiles?


Lord, thank you for the opportunity to chat with other people, some complete strangers. It often does us good, and hopefully them too. May an openness to others be a legacy of this terrible time. We pray too for those who don’t seem to respond or want to acknowledge others, particularly if it comes from fear or uncertainty


Funeral Announcements

The funeral of Alex Miller will be at 3:15pm on Thursday 15th November 2018 at Cardross Crematorium.

The funeral of Alan Prior will take place on Monday 19th February 2018.  There will be a service at Riverside Parish Church from 12 noon then at Cardross Crematorium at 1:15pm

Advent and Christmas Services 2016

Sunday 4th December

Sacrament of Holy Communion, 10am in Riverside

Friday 9th December

Messy Church Christingle

Messy Church Christingle

Messy Church, Christingle Theme, 6pm in Riverside Halls

Sunday 11th December

Gift Sunday and Lessons & Carols led by the Choir, 10am in Riverside

BB Battalion Carol Service, 6:30pm at The West Kirk

Dumbarton Churches Together Town Centre ServiceHall tree 1

Sunday 18th December

The Christmas Story, led by the Sunday School, 10am in Riverside

Saturday 24th December

All-age Service, 7pm

Watchnight Service, 11:30pm in the West Kirk
(Tea/Coffee & Carols from 10:30pm in the West Kirk)

Sunday 25th December

Christmas Day Service, 10:30am in Riverside

Sunday 1st January 2017

New Year’s Day Service, 10:30am in the West Kirk


Christian Heritage of Dumbarton – Trip to the Castle

The Christian Heritage of Dumbarton braehead psproject of Dumbarton Churches Together (of which Riverside and West Kirk st michael's + washerwomanare part) again organised a trip for P6/P7 children from local schools to the Castle, in connection with St Columba’s Day. 120 children from five schools explored the castle, assisted by some enthusiastic guides and helpers – learning about the Castle’s long history, and the long connection between the Christian Church and Dumbarton. It finished with a short service where children from different schools shared prayers for each other and for the townbraehead + Liz

General Assembly 2016

People of the WayThis year’s General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is underway in Edinburgh.  Even if you are not one of the 730 commissioners attending this year you can keep up to date online:

There are live streaming feeds while the Assembly is in session

Each day Rev Douglas Aitken will produce a summary podcast of the morning and the afternoon’s business

On facebook and Twitter

both with the hashtag #GA2016

Heart & Soul is on 22nd May this year

The Blue Book is available for download

Glasgow the Caring City

Give it Some Welly

On the night of Wednesday 9th December, all the Guilds in Dumbarton Presbytery Council congregated within Dumbarton Riverside Church, with their friends, for a lovely Carol Service. Representatives of the Glasgow Caring City ( in attendance. It is proposed to give the wellies displayed to the recently arrived Syrian refugee children. And what a display of colourful wellies there were.

See the photos on our facbook page: – PhotoLink

Prayer Diary: Week beginning 29 November: Scotland

  • Give thanks for being part of a community, for friends, family, neighbours and colleagues
  • Pray that people may feel committed to working for the best for their communities, offering time and energy to help others
  • Pray for those who are facing problems of loneliness, illness, poverty, unemployment/underemployment, abuse
  • Pray for all who are involved in local and national government
  • Give thanks for the beauty around us. Pray that we may appreciate and care for it
  • Pray for the churches in Scotland, that they may be faithful witnesses to Christ’s love and Good News, and that more and more people will respond to Christ’s call

Prayer Diary: Week beginning 22 November: Guild

  • Thank you for the fellowship which the members of the Guild share each week
    The Church of Scotland Guild is an organisation that extends across the whole country, encouraging members to recognise that they are part of something larger than their own congregation. Give thanks for friendships made, and support offered and received
  • The Church of Scotland Guild is open to men as well as women, and although in Dumbarton the Guild meets in Riverside, there are members from a number of churches including West Kirk. Pray that more will be encouraged to join, and feel welcomed and included
  • Guild activities do not just happen. Someone has to plan, organise, arrange them, as well as give up time to write letters, look after money, go to meetings and so on. Give thanks for those who are willing to do that, and pray that they will keep having the stamina and enthusiasm
  • The Guild across the country supports a number of projects. This year the Evening Guild is supporting Street Pastors and Breaking the cycle of Female Genital Mutilation. The afternoon Guild is supporting care for Mother Earth in Bolivia and Care for the Family. Give thanks for the work of the Guild in raising awareness as well as money, and pray for the success of the projects

    Fact File
    Afternoon Guild        Thursday afternoons at 2pm
    Evening Guild           Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm
    The After Eights        Wednesday evenings at 8pm
    Meet in Riverside

Prayer Diary: Week beginning 15 November: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

  • We give thanks for the young people in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. We pray that they will continue to enjoy belonging to the group, and the wider movement
  • Give thanks for the commitment of the leaders, which involves much more than just turning up on a Tuesday or Thursday evening!
  • Pray that more people will come forward to train as leaders, and that current members of the group will be inspired to become leaders themselves in due course
  • Give thanks for the support of families

Fact File:

Beavers                    Tuesdays 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Cubs                         Tuesdays 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Scouts                       Thursdays 7.45pm – 9.45pm
Meet in Riverside