Launch of The Steeple Fund

Riverside SteepleThe Interim Moderator, Eleanor McMahon, is writing to all members making them aware of the urgent repairs required to our historic, listed 1811 building’s Steeple and Clock Tower.  The Congregational Board have decided to launch a special Steeple Fund to try to raise the required £10,000 cost of this work.

Social & Projects have started the fundraising off by organising the Nearly New sale on 18-19 October 2013, with all the proceeds going directly to the Steeple Fund.

We are also appealing to all members, groups and organisations to consider how they could help.  We are very aware that many households face financial challenges at this time, and therefore we are suggesting a range of help you could consider:

  • You could make a donation to the fund.  Your contribution would go directly to the Steeple Fund, and not our general fund.  Further, if you are a taxpayer then your donation can be “gift aided”.
  • You could organise a fund raising event, perhaps by doing a sponsored event or a coffee morning.
  • You may also like to help out at the Nearly New Sale.  We need both goods to sell, people to help and to bring friends along to the event.  Help is also needed to uplift goods

Please know, we continue to be grateful to all those who give on a week by week basis, through which the financial security of our congregation is achieved.

Messy Church – 21 Sept and 13 Dec 2013

Messy Church is back!Messy Church

Bringing families within the community together to enjoy playing games, arts&crafts, music making, singing and of course eating!

Bring along your children, parents, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to enjoy a fun-packed evening without having to clean up the mess!

Join in the fun

Saturday 21th September 2013   4.00pm – 5.15pm

Friday 13th December 2013  6.00 pm – 7.15pm

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CLIC Sargent Carol Concert

Again this year, the Social & Projects Committee will be organizing a bus to provide transport to the CLIC Sargent Carol Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 6th December. Those wishing to attend are asked to give their names to Jean Ballantyne. The cost will be £26. A few tickets are still available.

Over several years many members of Riverside Church have enjoyed this Christmas Concert which has proved to be an excellent fundraising event for CLIC Sargent who are working to help children with cancer and leukemia.

Vacancy Progress

Both Riverside and The West Kirk were updated today about the progress that the Nominating Committee have made.

Adverts were placed in Ministers’ Forum in July, along with an ad in Life and Work which will appear in the September edition.

Very creative leaflets were handed out at Heart and Soul.

Both congregations have their Parish Profiles available online through the Riverside website.

Members of both congregations have been invited to submit recommendations of any minister they may have heard over the summer period when on holiday that they liked. Please speak to any member of the Nominating Committee or the interim moderator.

Honour for former Riverside minister

The Very Reverend John Cairns, former minister at Dumbarton: Riverside, has been Knighted by the Queen after retiring as Dean of the Chapel Royal.  Find out more at the Church of Scotland website by clicking on these links: