Dumbarton Future Focus

Dumbarton Future Focus is an oportunity for members of theKirk Logo 3 congregations in the Dumbarton linkage to be involved in planning a vision for the Church of Scotland in Dumbarton for the next decade and beyond.  All are welcome.

Dumbarton Future Focus Agenda – Saturday, 16 February 2019

  • 10:00-12:30
    Morning Session – Understanding our community and what we do, investigating what we could do differently
  • 12:30-13:00
    Lunch – tea/coffee will be served but please bring your own food
  • 13:00-15:00
    Afternoon Session – Focusing on priorities for the future, identifying key first steps

Venue: West Kirk church hall

Details also on our Facebook Page

Advent And Christmas Services 2018

Here are the dates and times of Christmas Church Services for Dumbarton Riverside in December 2018:

Sunday 2nd December Communion 11:30am At Riverside
Sunday 9th December Gift Sunday, led by the Choir 11:30am At Riverside
Christmas Messy Church in the Halls 12:30-2pm At Riverside
Sunday 16th December Nativity Play, led by the Sunday School 11:30am At Riverside
Sunday 23rd December Joint Service with the West Kirk at Riverside 11:30am At Riverside
Monday 24th December Christmas Eve All Ages Service 7pm At Riverside
Watchnight Service in the West Kirk (Tea/Coffee & Carols from 10pm) 11:30pm At The West Kirk
Tuesday 25th December Family Service (everyone is invited to bring in one of the gifts they have received) 10:30am At Riverside
Sunday 30th December Joint Morning Service in the West Kirk 11:30am At The West Kirk


Remembrance Sunday 11 Nov 2018 from 10:45am

This year the joint Remembrance Sunday at Dumbarton Riverside 2018Remembrance Sunday Service with Dumbarton: West Kirk will be held at Riverside, starting at 10:45am

We have collated the Rolls of Honour of names for those who died in both World Wars from the Dumbarton churches which are now represented by Riverside and The West Kirk.  To view the full list click here:RollOfHonourPewCards2018

We have been researching more information about those we are remembering.  If you know of any further details we could add please do let us know.

Click here to read more about the Rolls of Honour.

Scots in Great War London

To coincide with the Centenary of the Armistice, a number of Scots organisations in London have combined to produce a book ‘Scots in Great War London’  that records stories, and examines the close links between the organisations, and their shared hopes fears and tragic losses. It notes too that Scotland’s casualties were disproportionately higher than those from other parts of Britain.Scots in The Great War Talk

One of the contributers to the book, the BBC’s health Editor Hugh Pym, and his wife Susan (both elders at St Columba’s) came to Riverside this week to share stories collected in ‘Scots in Great War London’. Susan grew up in Dumbarton and Riverside is her ‘home church’. Donations were collected for the work of Poppy Scotland and Borderline, the charity that works with homeless Scots in London.

There was a well-established Scots community of around 90,000 in London before the Great War broke out in 1914. Their work and background covered a wide range of professions, jobs and social backgrounds, but their Scottish-ness was a bond between them. Organisations like the Caledonian Club, the Caledonian Society and the London Scottish FC (rugby) catered for social and sporting interests, while Crown Court and St Columba’s Church of Scotland congregations catered for spiritual and social needs. There were links too with Scots regiments like the Scots Guards and the London Scottish Regiment.

When war broke out many who belonged to Scots organisations signed up – and many never came back. At the same time troops from Scotland passed through London going to and from the Front. Over the course of the War St Columba’s fed and entertained nearly 50,000 Scots troops passing through London, going to war or going home.