Week commencing 9 April 2017 (Holy Week)

Lord Jesus, we wish you would ride into our town, that crowds would welcome you with shouts of “Praise God” – but maybe you would weep over it, as you Jerusalem. We pray for our town and all who live here

  • You drove out the money-changers in the Temple, you created mayhem. You hate corruption, you hate systems that exclude people. You do something about it. Stir us up to action for change
  • You challenged your disciples to have faith. You challenged them to pray earnestly. Help us to do both
  • You faced up to questioners bombarding you from all sides. Often we dodge getting involved in discussions/arguments about our faith. Help us to stop dodging the issue, and help us to be ready to learn more about our faith so that we are not so vulnerable when we do get caught up in arguments
  • You met with your friends for the Passover meal, when the past, the present and the future come together as God’s mighty act of salvation is remembered and celebrated. As we share in bread and wine may we be aware of what you did, of your presence with us now, and your promises for the future
  • In the face of your suffering and love what we say. Forgive us
  • As the disciples were filled with despair by what happened, may we be filled with hope, with courage, with renewed commitment

Week commencing 2 April 2015: Those with problems or issues in our parishes

  • There are people in our parishes who have problems with alcohol, drugs or other substances. They often sit alongside other problems – physical or mental health issues, complex and difficult family relationships, unemployment, difficulty in maintaining regularity or structure in life, poor educational attainment and so on.
  • Pray for them, that they will find the support they need to break out of their addictions and to cope with the other issues in their lives.
  • Pray for their families, friends and neighbours who are trying to cope with their problems.
  • Pray for those who work with people with addiction problems
  • ‘Old age doesn’t come alone’. For some it means physical problems – restricted mobility, chronic pain, difficulty breathing, spells in and out of hospital, adjusting to not being able to do things you used to do, adjusting to losing your independence and having to rely on others. For other people it is the mind that is affected as forgetfulness or dementia develops. It is stressful and distressing.
  • Pray for those who are experiencing the problems of age in their own lives, and those who are having to cope with them in relatives, friends or neighbours.
  • Pray too for those who work with older people who have age-related problems
  • Attitudes to people with disabilities, learning difficulties, ‘conditions’ or ‘syndromes’ have changed markedly over the last two generations. They are now much more readily included in the mainstream of society. But coping with a family member, friend or neighbour can still be hard work.
  • Pray for continuing change in attitudes, and greater inclusion.
  • Pray that those who have disabilities etc will be enabled to reach their full potential.
  • Pray for those who have to cope/ look after them, that they will have the stamina and patience they need

Riverside Ramblers Timetable for 2017

Riverside Ramblers, our walking group, have updated their timetable for 2017-2018.Riverside Ramblers

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Day Date Walk
Tues 28 March Balloch Park
Wed 12 April Ross Priory
Sat 6 May Trossachs
Thurs 18 May Lomondgate
Sat 10 June Erskine
Wed 21 June Levengrove Park
Mon 3 July Firkin Point
Tues 18 July Balloch bridge – Bonhill bridge + return
Wed 9 Aug Newark Castle, Port Glasgow
Sat 19 Aug Mugdock Park
Mon 28 Aug Luss
Thurs 7 Sept The Carrick
Weekend September Pitlochry
Fri 5 Jan 18 Dinner – Stables

Activities for adults (week commencing 26 March)

  • Week by week dozens of people come to activities in the church halls that reflect the churches’ role as a centre for the community.
  • Give thanks that so many people find friendship, company, a welcome, in the activities that meet in the halls
  • Pray that the organisations and groups may continue to have the support they need to keep operating
  • Pray that we may continue to make them feel welcome
  • Pray that we may be able to find ways for communicating with these ‘hall-users’ so that they can learn what the church is about

Congregational Board (Week commencing 19 March)

  • Being a member of the Congregational Board involves attending meetings, being on rotas, being on committees or working groups. Give thanks for the willingness of elders and members of the congregation to do these things, and pray that they may continue to be willing to do so
  • Pray for those who hold specific offices within the Congregational Board – Clerk, Treasurer, Convener of certain committees or groups

Fact Box

The Congregational Board looks after the financial and fabric matters of the congregation, including fund-raising

In Riverside all elders are members of the Congregational Board, in West Kirk elders serve on the Board by rotation

Members of the congregation are elected, on a rolling basis, at the Stated Annual Meeting to serve for three years. The number of elected members may equal but not exceed the number of elders on the Board

Lent and Holy Week 2017

March    Lent
Wed 10th    11am Lent Study Group: Some of Paul’s Letters – background & Philippians West Kirk Session Room
Wed 15th    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Thessalonians West Kirk Session Room
Thu 16th    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
Wed 22nd    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Corinthians Part 1 West Kirk Session Room
Thu 23rd    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
Wed 29th    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Corinthians Part 2 West Kirk Session Room
Thu 30th    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
Wed 5th    11am Lent Study Group: Some more of Paul’s Letters – Corinthians Part 3 West Kirk Session Room
Thu 6th    12noon Joint Lent Lunch for Christian Aid Riverside Main Hall
Holy Week Joint Services
Mon 10th    7pm Worship West Kirk
Tue 11th    7pm Worship St Andrew’s Bellsmyre
Wed 12th    7pm Worship Dalreoch UF
Thu 13th    12noon Communion West Kirk
   7pm Passover & Eucharist St Augustine’s
Fri 14th    12noon Walk of Witness & Town Centre Service High St
   7:30pm Communion Riverside

Members of the congregation (week commencing 12 March)

  • Give thanks for those who week by week (or maybe a little less often) share in worship with us, making it a more enriching experience for us all. Pray that they may continue to find friendship in our congregation, and an encounter with God in our worship
  • Give thanks for those who give generously to the church of their time, abilities and money. It is appreciated. Pray that they will continue to feel that it is worthwhile doing so
  • Pray for those who are unable to come to church because of illness or disability. Help us reassure them that they are not forgotten – by us or by God
  • Pray for those who no longer come because they ‘got out of the habit’ or who feel they no longer want to be part of the church family

World Day of Prayer (Week commencing 5 March)

  • God thank you for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. We ask you to be with us in this service and help us to learn about your kindness to us. We pray that you would help us to show that same kindness to others around us
  • God is not unfair – He is kind, but our world often is unfair. God asks us to help Him by showing the same kindness He has towards others. He wants us to notice when others are being treated unfairly and to do what we can to help them
  • May we notice when things are unfair and help us to be strong enough to speak out for justice

Fact box

Prayers taken from World Day of Prayer service for children – this year held at 2.00pm in St Patrick’s on Friday 3 March (all welcome)

Material prepared by women from The Philippines. The country comprises over 7000 islands and the population is over 100m

Most of the population identify as Christian

New Signs!

Only installed yesterday, we now have bright and attractive professionally designed signs and noticeboards facing Church Street, Castle Street and the High Street, helping to keep everyone up to date on the many activities and events going on at the Church and in the halls. Sign At Dumbarton Riverside

New indoor signs to match have also been installed to help people find their way around our Church and halls complex.
Many thanks to our member Simon for helping to organise and to Davina and her colleagues at West Dunbartonshire Council (see West Dunbartonshire Council Information and Updates) for their help in getting generous financial assistance from the Common Good Fund.

Halls At Dumbarton RiversideWith the new Council offices under construction, the start of the development at the harbour site next door and plans for new shops along Castle Street, the whole area around our Church is under development, and will hopefully help to re-vitalise Dumbarton Town centre

Click here to see more photos on our facbook page

Guiding Week commencing 26 February

  • We give thanks for the young people in Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. We pray that they will continue to enjoy belonging to the group, and the wider movement
  • Give thanks for the commitment of the leaders, which involves much more than just turning up one evening a week!


1st Dumbarton Rainbows     Mondays 6-7pm                  Riverside

1st Dumbarton Brownies      Wednesdays 6.30-7.45pm Riverside

1st Dumbarton Guides         Wednesday 7.45-9.30pm    Riverside

2nd Dumbarton Guides        Thursday 7.30-9.30pm        Riverside

7th Dumbarton Rainbows    Tuesdays 6-7.15pm            West Kirk

7th Dumbarton Brownies     Thursdays 6.15-7.45pm      West Kirk

7th Dumbarton Guides         Thursdays 7.45-9.30pm      West Kirk