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
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.
To celebrate the restoration of St Serf’s Chapel in Levengrove Park (where, it is said, Robert the Bruce’s organs were interred) a short ecumenical service will be held on Saturday 21st September organised by Dumbarton Christian Heritage. Gather at 10am in the Community Room within the new Pavilion in the park.
Dumbarton Christian Heritage Concert by the All-sorts Choir and others will be held on 20th September 2019 at 7pm in Riverside Church.