Glencairn Kirk

Glencairn Kirk, Kirkland

Glencairn & Moniaive Parish Church is a linked charge with Dunscore Parish Church and is within the Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright.

The parish of Glencairn & Moniaive is located at the northern end of the scenic Cairn Valley in mid-Nithsdale, which is part of the Dumfries & Galloway region of South West Scotland.

The community is centred around the village of Moniaive.

We aim to play an active part in the community we serve, reaching out with the love and joy of Jesus Christ.

Our vision is ‘To convince all people of God’s love for them’.

Our Minister, the Rev Jannie du Plessis, has been with us since November 2013.  His details may be found on the ‘Contact’ page.



In our time, we no longer feel secure about trusting people on whom we once relied – scientists, investors, doctors, politicians. We are encouraged to trust our own judgment as to the best way to go.  As Frank Sinatra once sang, “I’ve lived a life that’s full, I’ve travelled each and every highway.  But more, much more that this, I did it my way.”

However, I think if Jesus would be handed the microphone, he would sing “I did it God’s way.” Because that’s the story of Lent and Easter, to be celebrated in the weeks to come.  Just before his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want.” (Matthew 26:36)  And because of his humble, unselfish choice and sacrifice, he became for us THE WAY, the way to God the Father, the way to a fulfilling life now, and the way to a sure future.

Let’s sing with the English architect, James Edmeston (1791 – 1867):

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing
if our God our Father be.


- Jannie du Plessis