Dumbarton Doors Open Day 14th September 2019

Dumbarton Riverside Church will be open for Doors Open Day 2019, part of the 30th year celebrations of the event.

Saturday 14th September 2019 10am-2pm

Come in and explore the church building, built in 1811 on the site of earlier places of worship dating back to medieval times.   There are some splendid memorial glass windows, the graves of key figures in Dumbarton’s history, books of remembrance from World War I and II, an ancient Crusador’s Stone and modern artwork from our Sunday School.

See www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/west-dunbartonshire/riverside-parish-church/ for more details, and for a guide to the other buildings open nearby.

General Assembly 2019

Radical proposals on the future of the Church of Scotland for generations to come will take centre stage at this year’s General Assembly.  The objective is to improve the welfare of the whole Church, ensuring the proper stewardship of resources and making mission work in a local setting a top priority.

A Growth Fund of between £20million to £25 million, has been proposed to plant new worshipping communities and to fund new work with children, young people and young adults. The fund will also be used for Church projects that support communities across Scotland.

Commissioners will be asked to consider plans to reduce administration costs by 20-30% and merge four of the Church’s Councils into two. They will also consider whether CrossReach, the operating name of the Social Care Council, should become a more arms-length, self-sustaining organisation.

Other topics that are likely to be discussed at the General Assembly include welfare, asylum seekers, refugees, climate justice, interfaith relations, the European Union and democracy itself.

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Holy Week 2019, Church of Scotland in Dumbarton

Sun 14th April 10:00am Palm Sunday Service at Riverside
Thu 18th April 11:30am Maundy Thursday Communion, St Andrew’s
Fri 19th April 11:00am Dumbarton Churches Together Walk of Witness – Three distinct groups will assemble at Dalreoch UF, at Silverton and at St Peter’s in Bellsmyre at 11:00 am on Good Friday. Each will carry a cross on their walk into town. The groups then come together outside Lloyds on the High Street for a joint service at 12 noon
  2:00pm Good Friday all age activities and worship, West Kirk Hall
  7:00pm Evening worship and Communion, at Riverside
Sun 21st April 9:45am Easter Day Breakfast, Riverside Church Hall, followed by informal worship
  10:00am Morning worship for Easter Day, St Andrew’s
  10:15am All age worship for Easter Day, Riverside Church Hall
  11:30am Morning worship for Easter Day and Communion, West Kirk