Prayer Diary: Care homes in our parishes

We all like to be independent and do things for ourselves. Some of us reach a stage in life where we need a bit of help and support at home. Some of us need 24-hour support:

  • thank you that there are Care Homes in our parishes which not only offer care and support, but also strive to respect our dignity and independence
  • we pray for residents feeling the stress of being somewhere new and different, and not being able to do what they used to do. Give them patience and grace when dealing with staff, family or other residents, and not let frustrations show
  • Thank you for all the staff and volunteers who work in the homes, cheerfully and helpfully. Be with them, and help them to go on doing that. Give them patience when residents may behave in ways that are challenging
  • Thank you for the different activities and therapies that happen each day
  • We ask for your blessing on residents and staff who are not well, or are feeling apprehensive of the future
  • Thank you for family and friends who are faithful in coming to see us. Help families cope with the mixed feelings they have when someone close goes into a Care Home

 Fact box:

Which care homes are in our parishes?

Castleview    Castlegreen Street

Dalreoch        Westbridgend

Langcraigs    Gooseholm Road

Strathleven   Strathleven Place

Willox Park    Colquhoun Street

Prayer Diary: Messy Church

  • Give thanks for those who come to Messy Church and obviously enjoy it. Some are part of the Sunday worshipping community, some go to other churches, some don’t have much of a church connection. Pray that the links will become stronger and that all may be drawn into the life of the wider church
  • Give thanks for those who organise it and lead the different activities. Pray that others may become involved in the planning and leading – both to include them, and to enable us to have Messy Church more often


This year’s programme is:

Friday 4 September 6pm   The Rock

Saturday 24 October 4pm Hallowe’en

Friday 11 December 6pm Christingle

Saturday 12 March 4pm   Easter

Friday 20 May 6pm           Holidays

Prayer Diary: Harvest

Praise God for the harvest of orchard and field,

praise God for the people who gather their yield,

the long hours of labour, the skills of a team,

the patience of science, the power of machine.


  • With each meal or cup of tea/coffee we have this week we give thanks that we can afford to buy food, it is always in the shops when we need it, we have clean water to drink and it comes out the tap – we don’t need to go and fetch it
  • We give thanks for all the people who play a part in bringing food and water to our table
  • We pray for people who cannot afford to buy nutritious food, or worry how they will keep themselves and their family fed
  • We pray for those who grow their own food and had a bad harvest or worry that it will be a bad harvest this year
  • We pray that those who grow food will get a fair price for their work
  • We pray for fishermen who go out in rough seas to catch fish for our tables
  • We pray for politicians and officials who make decisions about trade arrangements, subsidies, and such like


Fact box

  • 795m people (more than the combined populations of the EU, USA and Canada) do not have enough food to lead healthy and active lives
  • More people die from hunger each year than AIDS, malaria and TB combined
  • 1 in 4 people in Sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished
  • In the UK roughly 1/3rd of food purchased (6.7m tonnes) is wasted each year

Source: UN Food and Environment Progammes

Prayer Diary: Sunday School

  • Thank you, Lord, for the children who come to church. May they enjoy their time here, learn about you and come to know you themselves
  • We pray for those who work with the children. Thank you for their commitment. May they feel inspired, and enjoy what they are doing. Help us all to give them the encouragement and support they need
  • Help us to know what to do to increase the number of young people in Sunday School, and what to do to keep their interest as they grow older
  • We pray for children who are no longer able to come because they have other (often sporting) commitments on a Sunday morning – you never forget them, may they not forget you
  • We pray for parents and families as they seek to help children and young people grow up knowing you

Prayer Diary 28 June: Those working in shops and offices

  • There are still quite a lot of people work in Dumbarton, in shops and offices around the town. Give thanks for the work they do.
  • Pray that they will find fulfilment in their work. Pray for those who have ‘issues’ to face at work (whether coping with personality clashes, uncertainty over the future of their job, or dealing with the public)
  • Pray for good relations with management, colleagues and clients/customers

Prayer Diary 21 June: Our MP and MSPs

  • Give thanks for those who serve our community as MP and MSPs – how many of us would be willing to do their job?
  • Politicians need to be fairly thick-skinned – people tend to have a not very high opinion of politicians in general, and sometimes this can lead to politicians being subject to abuse and hurtful comments. Pray that we will be respectful and encourage others to be respectful
  • Living between the constituency and Edinburgh or London is tiring, and can be disruptive of family life. Pray that they may have the stamina to cope. Pray too for their families who have to cope with being in the spotlight, and may not see a family member as much as they would like
  • Pray for our MP and MSPs that they will work for the good of our community, and for the building of a country and world with peace and justice

Fact box: MP and MSPs for Dumbarton
Martin Docherty MP    West Dunbartonshire (SNP)
Jackie Ballie MSP    Dumbarton (Labour)
Neil Bibby MSP    West of Scotland (Labour)
Jackson Carlaw MSP    West of Scotland (Conservative)
Mary Fee MSP    West of Scotland (Labour)
Annabel Goldie MSP    West of Scotland (Conservative)
Stewart Maxwell MSP    West of Scotland (SNP)
Margaret McDougall MSP    West of Scotland (Labour)
Stuart McMillan MSP    West of Scotland (SNP)

Prayer Diary 14 June: Presbytery

  • Give thanks for those who serve in Presbytery, particularly those who hold office in it. Being a member of Presbytery isn’t just a case of going to meetings roughly once a month. Most have committees to attend, some have congregations to visit, and there are Presbytery services through the year which members are encouraged to attend too
  • Give thanks for the retiring Moderator of Presbytery, the Rev Alastair Ramage, and pray that he will be able to appreciate his new-found freedom. Pray for the new Moderator, Dr Iain Galbraith, who takes up responsibility on 16 June
  • Pray for those who serve as Interim Moderators and Locums, and those who try to find people to serve in such roles

Fact Box: members of Presbytery from Riverside and West Kirk
Ian Johnson    Minister
Ian Logan    Additional Elder, Riverside
Celia Massicks    Representative Elder, Riverside
Ishbel Robertson    OLM, serving in St Andrew’s Bellsmyre
Sheila Rennie    Additional Elder, Riverside
Cliff Tilley    Representative Elder, West Kirk

Prayer Diary 7 June: Leisure and fitness

  • There are various leisure activities happen within the two sets of church buildings – some church activities, some activities that use the church premises. Give thanks that as well as helping to keep people fit, they also provide fellowship, company and bring people from outside the church into its buildings
  • Pray for those who lead and organise such groups, whether they are volunteers or paid staff, that they will have the patience and stamina to keep going
  • Many church members belong to sports clubs in the town, or use leisure facilities such as the Meadow Centre. Pray for all who run such facilities – again whether volunteers or paid staff
  • There are also other leisure facilities in the town which provide an opportunity to meet and share with others who have similar interests – Probus, the Camera Club, the Masonic Hall. Give thanks for the many ways in which people (particularly those who are retired) are able to meet with others, and to continue to use their skills and abilities
  • Pray for those who do not belong to any clubs or take part in any leisure or fitness activities. There are different reasons: some are housebound, some cannot afford the money, some are full time carers etc. Pray in particular for those who are lonely and those whose lifestyles put long-term health at risk

 Fact Box: leisure and fitness activities in our church halls

Badminton – Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings WK
Coffee Club – Monday morning West Kirk
Zumba – Monday morning and afternoon Riverside
Carpet – Bowls Monday afternoon Riverside
Ladies Keep Fit – Monday afternoon Riverside
Line Dancing – Monday evening West Kirk
Ladies Badminton – Tuesday & Thursday mornings Riverside
Handcraft Circle – Tuesday afternoon West Kirk
TaeKwan -Do – Wednesday evening Riverside
Good Companions – Friday afternoon Riverside
Dance School – Friday evening West Kirk

Prayer Diary: Week commencing 26 April: Messy Church

* Give thanks for those who come to Messy Church and obviously enjoy it. Some are part of the Sunday worshipping community, some go to other churches, some don’t have much of a church connection. Pray that the links will become stronger and that all may be drawn into the life of the wider church

* Give thanks for those who organise it and lead the different activities. Pray that others may become involved in the planning and leading – both to include them, and to enable us to have Messy Church more often Factbox Messy Church happens once a quarter in Riverside on either a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon. It is intended to be an event for families

The principles behind organising Messy Church are: Family, Friendship, Food, Fun, Faith, Flexibility and Fruitfulness or to put it another way:
– it is for all ages, not just children
– it is about creativity, not just crafts
– it is about worship and community, not a bridge to ‘real church’
– it aims for transformation of family life, not just fun for kids
– its hospitality is part of its outreach, not just an inducement to come

Prayer Diary: Week commencing 19 April: Dalreoch Primary School

* ‘Oor wee school is a great wee school.’ Give thanks for the community of staff, pupils and parents at Dalreoch Primary School, for their commitment and all that they have achieved
* There has been uncertainty over the future of the school. Give thanks for those who have coped with that uncertainty, while providing a positive learning environment for the children. Pray for them as they plan for the future
* Give thanks for all that the children have learned at school this year – not just the knowledge but the skills and life skills. Pray that they will continue to want to learn and to grow and develop as members of the school community
* Pray for the children moving on at the end of term, and for those starting at Dalreoch after the summer