We have received the following links from the Regeneration, Environment & Growth division at West Dunbartonshire Council for those with financial as well as health concerns following the restrictions to our lives resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic:
Light a candle and join the rest of Scotland in prayer at 7pm on Sunday as we come together at this difficult time.
Taking place on Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.*
We are all asked to “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.”
The following prayer can be used when lighting the candle:
For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.
May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.
Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,
Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.
And may the light shining from our windows,
across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
* Please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle.
Sunday 22 March 2020 Mothering Sunday 4th Sunday in Lent
CCL 125049 Charity No SC002937
Hymn 181 For the beauty of the earth (Church Hymnary 4th Edition)
Reading Ephesians 5: 8-11 (Good News Bible)
Prayer for others
Hymn 182 Now thank we all our God (Church Hymnary 4th Edition)
‘Send out your light and your truth to be my guide; let them lead me to your holy hill, to your dwelling place’
As of Monday 16th March 2020 The Scottish Government advised that people should minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations, and smaller gatherings, listing areas which were of concern:
In the light of the above, the Church of Scotland Task Group has agreed to ask, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 18th March 2020. Additionally, The Church of Scotland has the following guidelines:
In the meantime there are church services in various forms streaming online:
Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on BBC Radio 4, and also on BBC Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.
If you know of anyone who needs support of any kind please do get in touch to discuss options for an appropriate response – call the church office on 726688, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via facebook. The usual contact details apply for the minister and pastoral care team (available from the office if you don’t have to hand).
With the situation changing on a daily basis we urge everyone to seek up to date advice from official sources, such as:
Lent (26 February – 9 April 2020)
Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday. During Lent Christians may fast, or give up some of their usual routine, to give time to personal examination and to reflect on their relationship with God.
Dumbarton Lent Study Groups
We are arranging 4 sessions of a Lent Study group this year for the Dumbarton Linkage, which will be slightly different in format from previous years. All the sessions will be in people’s houses and they will be led by members of the congregations. The aim is to have people talking to each other, and talking about things that matter to them, and to everyday life. The meetings will last about an hour/ hour and a half, and will have tea/coffee at some point during them. Please come along and try them.
Dumbarton Christian Aid Lent Lunches
Will be on Thursday s between 12.00pm -1.00pm in the main hall at Riverside; homemade soup bread & cheese tea/coffee will be served. Cost £3.00 all welcome. *** 18th March 2020 *** Lent Lunches now cancelled *** Donations may still be made via the church office ***
Visit the Church of Scotland website for thoughts, prayers and reading on Lent this year:
Holy Week (5 – 11 April 2020)
Holy Week is the last week of Lent. It is the week preceding Easter and the period in the Christian year when Christians remember the last week in Jesus’ life.
Easter is the season in which Christians remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the most important festival in the Christian year.
Good Friday – 10 April 2020
Holy Saturday – 11 April 2020
Easter Sunday or Easter Day – 12 April 2020
Easter Monday – 13 April 2020
Our service of Remembrance this year will take place in the West Kirk, starting at 10:45am