Thank You, Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Dumbarton: Riverside has been awarded 10 silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust really appreciate being included in the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme, which makes awards to bring communities together to remember; and to think about the Armed Forces today.

“There But Not There” is a project running across the UK for the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, with silhouettes installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind

The ten transparent silhouettes will be placed around the Sanctuary at Dumbarton: Riverside during Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War, forming a striking and thought provoking presence for those sitting amongst them in the

Riverside is the historic parish church of Dumbarton, with links to the former garrison in the Castle. We will hold a joint service with The West Kirk at Riverside on 11 November. For this year we are making plans to use projected photos, video-clips, display the war memorials, seeking to understand the different reactions people may have had on 11 November 1918. We are working on researching the names on the war memorials in conjunction with a local history group based in Dumbarton Library and the local Secondary School. The Boys Brigade will ring the bell in the evening. The Sunday School will be planting poppies and preparing a lunch, with war-time songs afterwards.

Job Vacancy – Caretaker

Church & Hall Caretaker Required

Part-time, based on 15 hours per weekDumbarton Caretaker Position 2018

Church and Halls Caretaker – Remit:

  • Opening halls for organisations and meetings
  • Setting up / putting by, tables and chairs for groups and organisations
  • Keep a check on the Church and Halls. Report to the appropriate persons any health & safety or cleaning issues.
  • Church Heating. Make sure that it is on/ set for Halls and Church
  • Attending to the Church grounds: cutting grass, weeding, collecting litter, clearing paths etc
  • Keep the Church Cupboards in kitchen, under stairs etc clean and tidy.
  • Putting out the bins for refuse collection
  • Checking the halls and church are secure and alarm is set before leaving
  • And any other reasonable duties required

Rate of pay:

This is a part-time post, equivalent to 15 hours per week worked flexibly over the course of the year. Living wage rate.

Holiday entitlement:

6 weeks per annum (including public holidays)

Evening/weekend work will be required

Application Form in Microsoft Word Format – Click here to download

Application Form in PDF Format – Click here to download

Completed application form should be signed and returned to:

or by post to:

Liz McAllister
Riverside Parish Church
High Street
Dumbarton G82 1NB

Closing date for applications: Friday 20th July 2018

Organ Recital, Wednesday 6th June 2018, 7:30pm

With John R Turner (Organist Emeritus, Glasgow Cathedral) and Susan Turner (Soprano).

  • Tickets cost £7 which includes a light supper.

The programme includes:

Fanfare for the Corontation of Poppea – Claudio Monteverdi

Allegretto from the 4th Symphony – Felix Mendelssohn

How beautifull are the feet
He shall feed his flock / Come unto Him ) Messiah – George Frideric Handel

Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C, BWV 564 – Johann Sebastian Back

The Swan (Carvnival des Animaux) – Camille Saint-Saux

Scherzetto, from the Sonata – Percy Whitlock

Five Pieces from the Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks  – George Frideric Handel
Minuet in F
La Paix
Allegro in D

Let the bright seraphim their angel-trumpet blow – Handel


Welcome, Maureen

Our new Pastoral Assistant, Maureen Burke, will start in Dumbarton this week.  Splitting her time between the three congregations in Dumbarton, Maureen completes our ministry team following the triple linkage (Riverside, West Kirk and St Andrews), and we extend a very warm welcome to her as she starts her new role during this particularly cold end to March 2018.

She is currently a Family Support Worker with Carnwadric Win project (run by Carnwadric Parish Church). She qualified as a psychiatric nurse, worked for a time with the Health Board and then in the charitable sector including two overseas placements: one in the West Indies as a Church of Scotland partner, and then in Erbil, Iraq – until she was evacuated as IS approached the town.

As well as psychiatric nursing, she has qualifications in Guidance and Counselling (with a minor in Theology), and in Management in Health and Social Care. She is currently doing a Masters degree in Urban Theology.

She is a member of Whiteinch Church of Scotland in Glasgow.