Advent and Christmas Services 2016

Sunday 4th December

Sacrament of Holy Communion, 10am in Riverside

Friday 9th December

Messy Church Christingle

Messy Church Christingle

Messy Church, Christingle Theme, 6pm in Riverside Halls

Sunday 11th December

Gift Sunday and Lessons & Carols led by the Choir, 10am in Riverside

BB Battalion Carol Service, 6:30pm at The West Kirk

Dumbarton Churches Together Town Centre ServiceHall tree 1

Sunday 18th December

The Christmas Story, led by the Sunday School, 10am in Riverside

Saturday 24th December

All-age Service, 7pm

Watchnight Service, 11:30pm in the West Kirk
(Tea/Coffee & Carols from 10:30pm in the West Kirk)

Sunday 25th December

Christmas Day Service, 10:30am in Riverside

Sunday 1st January 2017

New Year’s Day Service, 10:30am in the West Kirk

 

Church Of Scotland Advent Calendar 2016

A new online Advent calendar will bring the true spirit of Christmas to life with 25 specially created videos made by members of the Church of Scotland ministries team.

Each of the thought provoking, often hard-hitting, films feature trainee ministers, probationers, a deacon and youth workers from across the country who reflect on a word that symbolises the true meaning of the season.


 

Half of the daily messages, which are also inspiring and uplifting, have been recorded by women and follow on from the Church’s successful Advent campaign last year which saw 24 short videos viewed more than 180,000 times.

Nearly 6,000 people signed up to receive the high quality films last year and early indications suggest that this year’s campaign, which is bigger in scope, will prove even more popular.

Inspiring

The tone of the films ranges from the joyful to the spiritual and are aimed at helping people seeking to find the true festive spirit amid the “rampant commercialism” which now dominates the weeks of Advent.

The Moderator of the General Assembly Right Rev Dr Russell Barr features in the first video, which was recorded in Glasgow’s Queen Street train station, and focuses on the word “Journey”.

He also features in the last video, recorded at the site of the old Rottenrow maternity Hospital in Glasgow near Strathclyde University where he was born, which is being released on Christmas Day and will reflect on the word “Shelter”.

It is a pertinent theme for Dr Barr because he is using his year in office to highlight homelessness and the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign, which encourages people to consider entering the ministry.

“The Advent season is when the church picks up the Christmas story and turns its attention towards Bethlehem,” he said.

“Beginning in Glasgow’s Queen Street station, the Advent Video project will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery.

“As the series explores some of the background to the birth of Jesus, you will learn so much more about the deep meaning of Christmas and so much more about yourself.

“And when the journey ends outside a broken down maternity hospital, your heart will be filled with wonder and you will be glad to join with the shepherds and angels, and with people the world over, celebrating the birth of the Christ child.”

Louise Purden, who is currently studying for the ministry at New College in Edinburgh, will focus on the word “Goodwill”, British Army chaplain Rev Chris Kellock, who worked in an Ebola field hospital in Sierra Leone in 2014, is reflecting on the word “Separation” and Deacon Angela Brydson of Dumfries is concentrating on the meaning of “Joy”.

Rev Rosie Addis, chaplain to deaf people in the east of Scotland, will focus on the word “Holy” to promote the Albany Church for the Deaf in Edinburgh.

And Rev Shuna Dicks of Aberlour Parish in Moray, who is heavily involved in supporting Syrian families who have moved to Forres, is reflecting on the word “Refugee”.

The minister, who is the spokeswoman of the Moray Supports Refugees group, said: “When you become a refugee you leave your old life behind and have to begin again.

“It is therefore important that we help our new neighbours, that they feel welcomed and valued.”

Jesus provides stability

Rev Valerie Allen, convener of the Church of Scotland’s Violence Against Women Task Group, is focusing on the word “Endurance”.

She recently bagged all the country’s 282 Munro mountains to raise more than £4,500 for charities which work to tackle domestic abuse. Ms Allen said:

“Endurance is a quality which, in many contexts, is one we can celebrate and admire.

“However, in the context of violence against women, endurance is more problematic.

“No woman should have to endure violence, in this context endurance is neither to be celebrated or admired.

“Rather the reason why some have to endure should be challenged.

“I hope this Advent meditation will help us reflect on the various contexts in which people endure.

“I hope it will break the silence surrounding the violence that many women needlessly endure.

“I hope it will inspire us to act to eradicate violence against women and to strive for fullness of life.

“And I hope it will communicate to women who are survivors that the church truly cares and will support them.”

Good news

Secretary of Ministries council, Rev Dr Jayne Scott, says this year’s Advent calendar reflects the spirit of the whole church in this festive season.

“It is a privilege for me to build on the success of last year’s Advent calendar.

“It has been quite a year, and as we approach the end of 2016 it leaves many communities across the world polarised, divided and unsure of what the future holds.

“As Christians, we have our faith to make sense of what is going on and Jesus to provide stability in our lives.

“Our online Advent calendar will help us share this message, not only with each other but also with a larger audience than ever before of people who will benefit from hearing this good news.

“We will have wonderful videos from the Moderator, other ministers, ministries development staff and the deaconate. I hope you will join me in supporting the calendar throughout Advent and liking and sharing these messages on social media.”

Week beginning 20 November: Guild

  • Thank you for the fellowship which the members of the Guild share each week
  • The Church of Scotland Guild is an organisation that extends across the whole country, encouraging members to recognise that they are part of something larger than their own congregation. Give thanks for friendships made, and support offered and received
  • The Church of Scotland Guild is open to men as well as women, and although in Dumbarton the Guild meets in Riverside, there are members from a number of churches including West Kirk. Pray that more will be encouraged to join, and feel welcomed and included
  • Guild activities do not just happen. Someone has to plan, organise, arrange them, as well as give up time to write letters, look after money, go to meetings and so on. Give thanks for those who are willing to do that, and pray that they will keep having the stamina and enthusiasm
  •  The Guild across the country supports a number of projects. Give thanks for the work of the Guild in raising awareness as well as money, and pray for the success of the projects

Fact File

Afternoon Guild        Thursday afternoons at 2pm

Evening Guild           Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm

The After Eights        Wednesday evenings at 8pm

Meet in Riverside

Week beginning 13 November: Remembrance

  • Let us remember the courage, the devotion to duty, the self-sacrifice of the men and women in our armed forces, the toil, the endurance, the suffering of those who were not in uniform, the support of those from afar
  • Let us remember those who were wounded in the fight, who perished in air raids at home, who fell in battle, who are buried at sea or in some corner of a foreign field
  • Let us remember those who were our enemies, who also lost parents, children, brothers, sisters, friends, who also lost homes, hopes, dreams
  • Let us remember those who came back, whose lives still bear the scars of war, who lost sight or limbs or reason, who lost faith in God and hope for humanity
  • Let us remember those currently caught up in wars – the military personnel and the civilians
  • Let us remember God’s will for his world, his continuing care for us and his call to us to follow in the way of Christ

 They shall not grow old

as we who are left grow old

Age shall not weary them

nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning

We will remember them.

Youth Group – volunteers still needed

An Update

We are still seeking more leaders to help re-establish the popular Youth Group in Dumbarton – without enough leaders to take turns co-ordinating and supervising we cannot safely restart the sessions. Adverts have been placed through the local Volunteer Centre WDCVS, Volunteer Scotland and on our own website dumbartonriverside.org.uk/…/wanted-youth-group-leaders
If you, or anyone you know, would be interested please get in touch via facebook, by email (office@dumbartonriverside.org.uk) or phone 01389 742551 weekday mornings.
This is a great opportunity to make a real impact, giving local kids a fun & sociable evening in a safe & structured environment – evening sessions are under 2 hours and you would not need to commit yourself every single week.

www.volunteerscotland.net/find-an-opportunity
Riverisde youth group

Week beginning 6 November: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

  • We give thanks for the young people in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. 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 on a Tuesday or Thursday evening!
  • Pray that more people will come forward to train as leaders, and that current members of the group will be inspired to become leaders themselves in due course
  • Give thanks for the support of families

 scouts

Fact File:

Beavers                    Tuesdays 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Cubs                         Tuesdays 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Scouts                      Thursdays 7.45pm – 9.45pm

Meet in Riverside

Week beginning 30 October: All Stars

  • Thanks for the young people that come to All Stars each month, and enjoy the crafts, games, food and fellowship
  • Thank you for the adults who are happy to spend time preparing for each session and being there to help
  • Pray that more young people will be interested in coming along, and that relationships will be built with their families

 

Fact File:

November   Dark & light

December   Cristingles

January       New Year

February     Chinese New Year

March         World Book Day

April            Easter

May            Water

June           Beach Party

Meets in West Kirk usually first Sunday of month 2-4pm