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Presbytery News

Handing Over

The leadership group of the Guild Presbyterial Council recently held a lunch to say farewell to Jean Muir (Bearsden Westerton Church) as she stepped down from office and welcomed Mhairi Clark (Duntocher) as the new Convener. Pictured with Rev Fred Booth, Presbyterial Council Chaplain.

Heart & Soul

Liz Stewart of Dalmuir Barclay Church ensured the Presbytery Flag was well displayed at the General Assembly’s Heart & Soul event in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens in May – ably assisted by young folk from the congregation

Holy Land Bursary Project

Four Christian students in Palestine are benefiting from the Presbytery of Dumbarton’s Bursary Scheme which was set up in 2008.

Jiries Qawas, Aleen Qashou, Laayar Mousa Khoury and her sister Taleen are all students at the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School, Ramallah in the West Bank. A fifth student, Khader Touma, has now left school.

The scheme was established following a visit to the West Bank by ministers Tina Kemp and Norma Moore where they learned of the financial pressures faced by parents wishing to send their children to Christian schools.

All 33 congregations within the Presbytery are invited to donate £50 a year which pays for school fees for the four children, as well as contributing towards uniform and travel costs.

For more information about, or to arrange a presentation on, the bursary scheme for your congregation or church group, please contact Tina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Moderator's Visit

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will pay an official visit to the Presbytery of Dumbarton from 25 March – 3 April 2017.

The Right Reverend Dr Russell Barr, Minister at Cramond in Edinburgh and the Assembly Moderator in 2016, will spend just over a week in the Presbytery area. He will conduct worship, visit congregational and community projects and activities and engage with local authorities and other agencies.

The last such visit by a Moderator to the Presbytery was in 2006.

Full details of Dr Barr’s visit will be published here in due course.

 

Congregations' News

Clydebank Radnor Park

Radnor Park has a large suite of halls and a number of years ago, after identifying a need, an Out of School Care was set up, dedicating one of these halls to that group so that all the necessary requirements of the Care Commission could be put in place. The group also uses 2 other halls as and when required. This group caters for primary school age children and meets daily during term time. When there is a need the group also meets during school holidays and is staffed by fully qualified personnel.

In addition, Radnor Park hosts a number of community self-help groups for alcohol, drugs and gambling, all on a permanent basis and have done so for a long number of years. Other community groups, including the junior section of Clydebank Musical Society also use the halls, because of the number of halls available. There is also a Line Dancing group using the halls twice a week aimed at members who are referred by their GPs but open to anyone wishing to take part.

We also have The Guild using our halls on a weekly basis.

Dalmuir Barclay

Great excitement filled Dalmuir Barclay Church when we celebrated the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday and welcomed nine new members into our church family, who are pictured here with our Minister, the Rev Dr Ruth Morrison. It was a joyful day and it was wonderful to see our new members confessing their faith so boldly after working their way through the Learn: Exploring Faith book.

Family and friends gathered with the congregation to witness what must be a record number of new members joining our church.

Duntocher Trinity

These are some of the ladies of Duntocher Trinity who walked across (or is it under?!) the Erskine Bridge for Christian Aid on 7 May. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! They walked over the bridge, went for coffee and cake then walked back. They had a good blether, a laugh and lots of fresh air, and met some amazing people. Well done, ladies.

The Erskine Bridge Walk has been a mainstay of Christian Aid activities for almost thirty years. It attracts participants from any congregations in the West of Scotland and has raised countless thousands of pounds for Christian Aid down the years.

Cardross 75 Years On...

To those who witnessed the tragic event it probably seems just like yesterday but it is now 75 years since Cardross Old Parish Church was destroyed by bombs on 6th May 1941.

The following is an extract from the hand written Kirk Session minute detailing the immediate aftermath of the disaster:

 

"The Moderator reported that Cardross Old Parish Church was destroyed by fire, caused by the enemy, in the early hours of Tuesday, May 6th 1941. The fire, originated by an incendiary bomb, was at first confined to the organ, and vigorous efforts to subdue it had good prospects of success. A high explosive bomb dropped in the Churchyard, between the Church and Manse, however, caused the organ to collapse into the area of the Church, which was then entirely gutted. The Vestry and Session House furnishings had in the main been saved, but otherwise the Church and its furnishings were a total loss. He reported that the Manse was also seriously damaged by blast and in need of extensive repair."

On holiday in 2004 I stood in front of the ruined Frauenkirche, a Lutheran Church in the city of Dresden, Germany and reflected on the futility of war. Like the church in my home village it had been destroyed by bombs during the Second World War and , a ruin, had stood as a memorial for decades. Our countries had been on opposing sides in the conflict. Now, however, this church was surrounded by scaffolding as it had been decided to rebuild it as part of the celebrations for the 600th anniversary of the city and donations to help were received from around the world including one million euros from Britain. The reconstruction was completed the following year and "Peace be with you" was the motto at the consecration of the rebuilt church which is now considered a place of peace and reconciliation. At Pentecost every alternate year peacemakers from 20 countries meet there.

In Cardross we did not rebuild with bricks and mortar but continued to build on our faith and since 1945 under the guidance of three ministers our church has flourished and I am sure it will continue to do so under the very capable ministry of the Revd Maggie McArthur.

Sheila I. McGown

Moderator's Visit

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will pay an official visit to the Presbytery of Dumbarton from 25 March – 3 April 2017.

The Right Reverend Dr Russell Barr, Minister at Cramond in Edinburgh and the Assembly Moderator in 2016, will spend just over a week in the Presbytery area. He will conduct worship, visit congregational and community projects and activities and engage with local authorities and other agencies.

The last such visit by a Moderator to the Presbytery was in 2006.

Full details of Dr Barr’s visit will be published here in due course.

Like a mighty river flowing, like a flower in beauty growing, far beyond all human knowing is the perfect peace of God.

Michael Perry

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