Congregational Board (Week commencing 13 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

Members of the congregation (week commencing 6 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 28 February

  • God of our existence, you enjoy life like a child and adorn it with great pleasure. You know how to convert every day into a miracle and every moment into a reason for celebration
  • God of life, you have been present in all generations. We are the children who receive you; and we ask you to inspire us, just as you inspired all people with the birth of the Child of Bethlehem who taught us the miracle of love
  • Help us to learn from children to receive each other and not to discriminate, but to seek reconciliation in our communities
  • We recognise that we do not always reflect the joy of children nor do we celebrate the abundance of diversity in your creation
  • Forgive us when we do not acknowledge the daily violence against women, children and older people in different places

Fact box

Prayers taken from World Day of Prayer service – this year held at 2.30pm in St Andrew’s Bellsmyre on Friday 4 March (all welcome)

Material prepared by women from Cuba. The main island is the largest in the Caribbean. The population is just over 11 million, of whom 2 million live in the capital Havana

Guiding Week commencing 22 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!
  • 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
  • Pray for them as they plan trips away – that they will enjoy themselves, not feel homesick (or just sick!), be safe, and that the leaders will not feel too stressed

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

Fair Trade Fortnight Week commencing 14 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

Fairtrade is a global movement for change that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers.

It has a strong and active presence in the UK, represented by the Fairtrade Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement, and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.  Member organisations now also include Banana Link, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, National Campaigner Committee, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet,Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International , Tearfund and Commitment to Life / United Reformed Church. The Foundation is a registered charity

Fairtrade Fortnight happens towards the end of February each year to encourage us to think about Fairtrade. This year it is 23 February-8 March

Public services in our parishes Week commencing 7 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

31 January: 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

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24 January: Braehead Primary

  • Give thanks for friendships formed at school, especially among new pupils. Pray that all friendships will be helpful and supportive, and for any children that find it hard to make friends
  • Give thanks for the staff who make the school such a friendly and welcoming place, as well as somewhere where children can learn. Pray for all the staff – teachers, clerical, cleaning, janitorial and catering staff
  • Give thanks that the children are so keen to learn, to participate, to discover and develop their skills. Pray that they may keep all of that, but also learn concern for others, wisdom and that God has a place too
  • It will soon be time for the P7s to think about moving on, and for the new intake at P1 to be enrolling. Pray for those who will be going through change, that they will see it as an exciting development, and not something to worry about. Pray for their families too
  • Families are a great support to the school. Pray for them as they strive to provide loving, caring homes, in some cases in spite of difficult situations. Pray especially for families with multiple needs
  • Give thanks for the many ways in which children can achieve success: sport, music, drama, dance, art, public speaking etc. In some cases they do this entirely in Braehead, in other cases they compete with children from other local schools. Pray that all may be encouraged to recognise that they have skills and abilities, and seek to keep developing them
  • Give thanks for the willingness of the children, in different ways, to support those in need in the wider community. Pray that they may continue to be willing to do that

17 January: Christian Unity

  • Give thanks to God for the good relations that there are between churches in Britain, in Scotland, in Dumbarton. Pray that we may show the world around how God wishes us to handle differences, and that we may all strive to know God’s true will and purpose
  • Give thanks for the work of Dumbarton Churches Together, and all who are involved with it. Pray that they may continue to be inspired to serve God through it, and pray for the different activities they arrange
  • Pray for the Church of Scotland congregations in Dumbarton (the linkage of Riverside and West Kirk, and St Andrew’s Bellsmyre)
  • Pray for other churches in the town: St Patrick’s RC, St Peter’s RC, St Michael’s RC, St Augustine’s Episcopal, Dalreoch UF, Dumbarton URC, Dumbarton Baptist, The Rock Community Church, and Lennox Evangelical. Pray for the ministers and congregations, that they will know God’s will and strength as they seek to serve him, and especially for those who currently do not have a minister, or who have problems with their buildings

10 January: Kirk Session

  • Being an elder is an honour – it is also hard work, going to meetings, being on rotas, being on committees or working groups, making time to visit members. Give thanks for the willingness of elders 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 Kirk Session – Clerk, Roll Keeper, Convener of certain groups

The Kirk Session seeks to provide vision, leadership and care for the congregation. It has to consider a wide range of topics at its meetings. Pray for guidance in its discussions and decisions

For reasons of age or health some elders have had to step down from the Kirk Session. Pray that they may continue to feel there are other ways in which they can serve God as elders in his church