St Ninian’s Church

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’.

On 19th January 2020, the Revd Mark R S Smith was duly elected as our new Minister. Read more about this on our ‘News’ page. Over the past year of Vacancy, the support and guidance of our Interim Moderator, The Revd J Stuart Mill, and all of our visiting Ministers  has been greatly appreciated by the congregation. There will be an opportunity to thank them all properly at a future date.

Opening of Church Buildings

Update on the Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus) Lockdown:

The Church buildings will not be fully open to the public for a while yet as the stringent demands of the relevant Risk Assessments as required by the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland will take time to implement.

The Board and Kirk Session are working hard to comply with all the standards of spacing and hygiene and hope to be ready as ‘Easing’ progresses. Watch this space.

In the meantime, contact the Minister or the Session Clerk, Nan Tait.  Their numbers are on the ‘Contact’ page.

Read about the Kirk’s latest response and update (8 January 2021) on the reopening of churches here.

Ongoing cancellation or changes to our Church activities are noted on the following pages.  Other dates shown may have to be altered.


Message from our Minister

We have had a burst of good news!

Our friends in Lubuto have a new Minister – Rev Simmonds Friday.

The speaker shelves in St Ninian’s are ready for action.

I have passed my Church History and Church Law assessments.

Today we are in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we remember our friends in Lubuto, and we’ll hear about Jesus’ first miracle – all Good News.

Have pens, paper, scissors ready for action.

Next Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion together, remembering the Good News of Jesus.

Join us if you can, online or at home.

This month:

PRAYER FOR 2021 –            
Almighty God,                                                 
Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,                                                      
is the Light of the world.                                                      
May we, guided by the Holy Spirit,                                                      
shine with the radiance of His Glory,                                                     
 that He may be known and worshipped
in our hearts, our homes, our communities, our world.
We ask this for His Sake and in His Name. 


Invite Jesus into your life – to celebrate good news or seek help in trouble.


God Bless & elbow bumps,



Our Minister’s other notes for this week can be read in the Church Family Notices by clicking here.

See the Diary on the What’s On  page of this website for details of our forthcoming services.


With the restrictions on the use of our buildings we mainly use the internet:

Zoom video-conferencing for our main Sunday Worship (also by telephone!) YouTube for recordings of the Sunday Worship and other resources            Facebook posts for ongoing encouragement and information                                Email for general contact and updates

– but we are aware that some of you are not connected to such things.

PRAYER & REFLECTION – The live services are not possible at the present time, and the alternative arrangements can be seen on the Diary page.

Another message from our Minister …

January 2021

No sooner had I circulated a New Year Message and published our planned worship pattern for January and February then the government announced another Lockdown! This means that we lose what ‘live’ worship we were able to hold in our Church Buildings (with the exception of funerals and weddings). Even private prayer is not allowed under these latest guidelines which may well be with us until Easter!

Although we all understand the need for caution and safety at this time, this is disappointing for many reasons. I know that the ‘live’ Prayer and Reflection times have been appreciated by many of you and hope to re-introduce them as soon as allowed.

In the meantime, we will be holding monthly mid-week Prayer & Reflection sessions via Zoom. This means that we can sing, pray, and share together – different to what we could do ‘live’. Join us if you can.

* Tuesdays 19th Jan, 16th Feb, 16th Mar, from 7pm.

Keep an eye on the CFNs & websites for further information as we move towards Lent and Easter.

I pray that you will all remain safe and well. Let me or your Elder know if you need a visit or phone call as we continue to care for one another during these difficult times.

God Bless & elbow bumps,

Mark RS Smith