St Ninian’s Church

Glencairn & Moniaive Parish Church is a linked charge with Dunscore Parish Church and is within the Presbytery of The South West.

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’.

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Message from our Minister

Sunday 12 May 2024

Thursday was Ascension Day. Despite it being tucked away on a Thursday, it’s quite important for Christians. 40 days after Easter Day, the Living Jesus returned to be with His Father in Heaven. Our Risen Friend is by God’s Throne!

Literally a Friend in High Places … the best Friend in the Highest Place! That’s Good News!

It means that when we pray to God, Jesus helps intercede for us, the one who has lived as a human and understands what life is like. This means that we can be confident that our prayers are not only heard, but understood.

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to His Disciples and all who believe in Him for themselves. He helps make Jesus real to us day by day, guides us, and strengthens our feeble faith.

That means we also have a Friend in ‘low places’ … right inside us as we waddle through life.

“What a Friend we have in Jesus”!


God Bless,



PS I’m ‘off’ this week so please contact Nan Tait (Moniaive 200403), or Rev Tim Harmer (Dunscore 820861) if you need any help or information.


PRAYER for this week:            

Almighty God,

Your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the Throne of Heaven

that He might rule over all things as Lord.

Keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace,

and bring the whole of creation to worship to worship at His feet,

who is alive and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and for ever.


PRAYER THEME: Thank God that we have a Friend in high places!


Musings from The Manse

Easter with a spring…

It’s the end of March already! 2024 is rushing by! Snowdrops, Lambs, Daffodils, leaves, grass, are all growing and showing us that Spring has sprung! BUT … are you ready for what is to come?

I hope that the end of March will provide important preparation for life as we celebrate Easter!

It’s a traditional time to recognise the new life sprouting up everywhere, to acknowledge our dependence on that emergent life, and to enjoy the triumph of the sun over the darkness. The very word Easter comes from the same root as oestrogen – the life-nurturing chemical – and reflects the link with life re-starting. New life from the seemingly dead soil and dried up branches. For Christians it is used to reflect the Resurrection of Jesus – new life from the tomb!

However, to get ready for Easter we remember Palm Sunday and Holy Week. At church we celebrated Palm Sunday with lots of ‘Hosannas’ and leaves!

During Holy Week, we reflect on Jesus’ journey from city gates to the hill of the skull, from triumphant entry to ignominious death and anonymous burial. A bit of a rollercoaster by any measure. As we go through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve (Holy Saturday, NOT Easter Saturday!!), we will take time to be reminded of that journey – not just to re-tell the story, but to be reminded of it’s importance to us today. We will celebrate the bread and wine of the Last Supper (28th, 2pm), remember the crowds cries of “Crucify Him!” (29th, 11am), weep at the tomb, before shouting ‘Alleluia!’ on Easter morning. It’s a challenging journey, emotional, stressful, joyful, draining. It’s a vital journey reminding us of what Jesus went through for each of us. It’s a reflection of, and preparation for, the ups and downs of real life.

This year our Easter celebrations begin at the Cairn Pool, (8am POOLSIDE PRAISE!) followed by breakfast (from 9am) and our Easter worship in St Ninian’s at 10.30am. A Grand Day Out!

Jesus’ death and resurrection is not just history, not just a tale from the past, but, like the snowdrops, lambs, daffodils, leaves and grass, very real today. God’s offer of New Life is as valid today as it was when Jesus walked the earth! Join us to find out more.

May God Bless you.

Mark RS Smith