Dumbarton Churches Together is organising volunteers to help our community during the Covid-19 outbreak. For more information on volunteering, or to get help for yourself or your friends and neighbours please visit their website here.

If you know of anyone without internet access who needs help, the phone number is 01389 600245 please pass this to anyone in Dumbarton you think might be in need.

A suggested prayer

May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.

Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being, Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.

And may the light shining from our windows,
across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Dear All
It seems to be only a short while since as a congregation we were preparing to celebrate Christmas and now we are already rapidly approaching the celebration of Easter.

During January we took a break from some activities such as the weekly Bible Study in case of inclement weather. Unfortunately this winter saved its worst until February so several events had to be cancelled. However we had an exceptionally good turn out for the Beetle Drive Social which was a very enjoyable evening. We have also been able to start a monthly prayer Group, on the first Wednesday evening of the month, specifically to pray for guidance in the future outreach and mission work of the congregation.

In Matthew chapter 28, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. This is an everlasting command, but we do not have to do it in our own strength, he has promised to be with us and guide us in this all important mission. This is why it is important that we seek the Lord’s guidance as a congregation, for the future work of the congregation. I would like to encourage all of you to devote some time to praying about this subject whether you are able to join with us in an organised prayer meeting or not. The Lord hears our prayers whoever we are and wherever we come to him seeking guidance and encouragement.

We have also begun a monthly ‘Coffee and Craft’ meeting which will be held between 2pm and 4pm on the third Tuesday in the month. At the moment we are working on making ‘Twiddle Muffs’ which have been found to be a help and comfort to some people suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. The pattern is easy to follow and all are welcome to join in or simply come along for a chat. If you are no longer able to knit or sew yourself come and help those who are learning, your knowledge will be invaluable. If you have any spare wool, needles, ribbons or buttons, all contributions will be gratefully received. If you have other ideas for creative projects then come and share them or bring your own work with you. The afternoon will hopefully provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy fellowship whilst spending a little time helping others.

During this season of Lent, as we prepare to remember the sacrificial love of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we all take time to reflect upon our own lives of faith, and commit ourselves afresh to sharing the Good News of the Gospel Message. It is a message that can bring hope to a world which is in need of hearing about the great love of God which is freely available to all who trust in the Lord.

May God Bless you all
Sara Rettie