Dumbarton West Kirk Church of Scotland
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Dumbarton Linkage Focus Groups

 

You may (or may not) recall that in an update notice to all 3 congregations in the Linkage at the end of June, the Steering Group advised:

· Over the Autumn (and maybe Spring ’20 too) have a series of ‘focus groups’ for church members, and anyone else associated with the churches, to participate in if they wish. They will look at nice-sounding aspirations like ‘being welcoming’, ‘engaging with the community’ and tease out some concrete proposals for what these phrases mean in practice. They will also consider areas like improving communication within the congregation, enabling people to be involved (without encountering ‘we don’t do it like that’ or ‘we’ve enough volunteers, we don’t need you’), and aspects of worship. More details to follow later in the summer

 

We have been working on this over the summer, and can now advise a timetable for the focus groups, which is printed overleaf.

 

Who can come?

Anyone who is a member, or friend, or associate of the 3 churches

 

What will it be like?

There will be some structured discussion around a set of questions, and some folk picked in advance to be ‘facilitators’ (trying to keep the discussion on track, and taking notes). There will be tea and coffee, to try to make it a bit more informal

 

How long will each meeting last?

No longer than an hour and a half, and less if the discussion has been exhausted

 

Why are there different days, times and locations?

We have tried to use all three buildings, acknowledge that some people don’t like to come out at night/ are at work during the day, and that some days in the week may be less suitable than others. Each of the six topics for discussion will be considered twice – at different times/ locations. It is hoped that people will not just go to meetings in ‘their’ building

 

Do I have to go to all of them?

No, but it would be good if people could come to them all. If there are some topics that interest you more than others, then come to those meetings if you can. If you don’t come, and don’t contribute to this discussion, then don’t complain if we take up some of the ideas and introduce them to the three churches, or united church!

 

What is all this about? Is it just a ‘box-ticking’ exercise?

There are 3 folk in the Ministry Team, 15 in the Steering Group, and something like 100 across the Kirk Sessions. There are another 600 or 700 folk who are members of the churches or are associated with them as friends, regular users etc. This is an opportunity for them to have a say in the discussion and planning of what the church in Dumbarton could be like in the future. 

 

 

Date

Time

Venue

Topic

Mon 9 Sep

2pm

West Kirk

Key reasons for being a church

Wed 11

7.30pm

St Andrews

Working with other churches

Wed 18

10.30am

Riverside

Worship

Thu 19

7.30pm

West Kirk

Engaging with the community

Tue 24

2 pm

St Andrews

Go and make disciples

Thu 26

7.30pm

Riverside

Issues for church members and for people outside

Mon 30

2 pm

West Kirk

Working with other churches

Wed 2 Oct

7.30pm

St Andrews

Key reasons for being a church

Wed 9

10.30am

Riverside

Engaging with the community

Thu 10

7.30pm

West Kirk

Worship

Tue 22

2 pm

St Andrews

Issues for church members and for people outside

Thu 24

7.30pm

Riverside

Go and make disciples

 

Dumbarton Christian Heritage

 

We are organizing two events in September -

Concert by All-sorts Choir and others at 7 pm on Friday September 20th at Riverside Church to raise urgently needed funds for our next year's activities with local schools. Help with refreshments requested.

 

 An all-age event in Levengrove Park on the morning of Saturday 21 September 2019, and invite members and friends of the churches in Dumbarton (plus anyone and everyone else) to come along. The focus will be the ruined St Serf’s Church in the Park.

The format of the morning will be:

10-10.45am gathered in the Training Room (North of the ruins and bandstand) to meet, chat, learn a bit about St Serf, the church and Dumbarton, do some crafts, play a couple of games (tea and coffee available in the nearby Pavilion)

Seating inside is limited, but if the weather is favourable there will be seating outside too

10.45-11am make our way to the ruins of St Serf’s (about 100-200m, fairly level)

11-11.30am an informal service that celebrates our past, and challenges us for the future

 

West Dunbartonshire Doors Open Day 2019

Both Riverside Parish Church and the West Kirk will be open to visitors on West Dunbartonshire Open Doors Day on Saturday 14th September. West Kirk will be open from 10.00-14.00.

See the website: www.doorsopenday.org.uk for further information

 

McMillan Coffee Morning

West Kirk will be holding a McMillan Coffee Morning from 10am-12 in the hall on Monday 30th September. All welcome.

West Kirk Nearly New Sale

This will take place from 8th to 12th October with the containers being emptied on 5th October.

 

 

 

 

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