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!

Factbox

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

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Fair Trade Fortnight Week commencing 19 February

  • Pray for greater fairness in the global trade system
  • Pray for producers who depend on a single crop for their livelihood, and are vulnerable to receiving low prices for their produce
  • Pray that extra money raised by the Fairtrade system will directly improve the lives of the producers, their families and their communities

Factbox

Public services in our parishes Week commencing 12 February

Police

  • Although the police offices are not in our parish areas, much of the work that the police from Garshake do probably is! Policing has changed a lot over the years, and there have been changes too to the sort of crimes that they are called to deal with (cyber crime, hate, abuse etc have come much more to the fore). They still, however, have to deal with sensitive situations where people are hurting or vulnerable, requiring sensitivity and kindness
  • Give thanks for the work of the police locally
  • Pray that they may be kept safe, may always strive to do what is right, without cutting corners, and have the humanity that vulnerable people need

Fire brigade

  • We hope that we never need them, but we are glad that they are there
  • Pray that they will be safe when they go about their work, and pray for the people they assist

Criminal justice service

  • Give thanks that we live in a country where we strive to have ‘the rule of law’
  • Pray for all those involved in the criminal justice system  – judges, juries, lawyers, court officers, victims, witnesses, and those in the dock

 

Messy Church – 25 Feb 2017

Messy Church – Saturday 25 February 2017

4.00 – 5.30pm

Theme –   “Ancient Egyptians”

Egypt

Come into the Halls from Castle Street

A time for Families to share together in fun and food

have fun making crafts together

play games – share in supper

finish with a story and singing

For more information phone the church office on 742551

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Week beginning 5 February: West Dunbartonshire Council

  • Give thanks for those willing to give time and effort (and take criticism) to be elected members of the Council. Give them insight and courage to take the right decisions for this area
  • We pray for all employees of the Council, particularly as they cope with frustrated or angry members of the public, or as they worry how they will be affected by changes to council services

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/

New Year 2017

As we say ‘Goodbye’ to 2016

what will we remember?

The referendum?

Donald Trump?

A summer of sport?

Something more personal?

Something good, or something bad?

What about  2017?

Are we looking forward with expectation?

Or with fear, loneliness, worry?

Lord,

For all that has been:

we give thanks for your presence with us

your love and your forgiveness

 

For all that is to come:

we ask for the strength to keep trusting in you

for the growth of your Kingdom in Dumbarton

for growth in our two congregations

and for peace and justice in your world

Christmas

Christ the Lord is born today,

           See him on a bed of hay

           Come with us and we can say,

           “Thank you, God, for Jesus”.

 

                      Thank you, God, for all your love

                      Freely given from above.

                      Help us give this love away

                      Born in us at Christmas

 

Loving God

As we thank you for what you did for us long ago

and for all that we have now

we pray for those for whom Christmas is not a happy time

those living with the worry or pain of illness or grief

those who are lonely

those separated from loved ones

those who lack shelter or food

those worried about money or job

those who live in fear of their lives

18 December

The LORD will give you a sign: a young woman who is pregnant will have a son and will name him ‘Immanuel’. By the time he is old enough to make his own decisions, people will be drinking milk and eating honey.

Isaiah 7: 14-15

Gracious God,

We give you thanks that you are active in our world.

We can’t always see the signs that you are at work,

sometimes your timescale is different from ours,

but you are always working

and you don’t need us to nudge you into doing something.

Sometimes we are the ones who need nudged.

We can’t be bothered

We think we’re too busy.

Forgive us, and make us ready to do your work