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 is the Rev Jannie du Plessis and his details may be found on the ‘Contact’ page.


When something happens that we can’t explain, we call it a miracle. Does that mean the things magicians do are miracles? Not to my understanding.

Miracle (in the Bible) is not what we don’t understand but what is done for us that we can’t do ourselves. It is what God does for us, even through other people, that we can’t do ourselves. 

It’s possible you could understand it, but even if you did, that wouldn’t make it stop being a miracle. The word does not mean that which is beyond our comprehension but rather that which is beyond our ability. In that way, I can see the sun coming up over the horizon in the morning and say, “That’s a miracle!”

So, how do you focus your eyes to see miracles? How do you train yourself into that discipline that can tune out the cacophonous racket of the world so that you can hear the angel symphony singing God’s glory in the highest?

You can give your attention, your mental alertness, your curiosity, and your intelligence to God’s Spirit. If you do that during this season you will discover the Miracle of Christmas.

Don’t be misled by the child in the manger. He was a child, but he is of the family of Moses the prophet and he speaks to you today as the Son of God. He is saying something that is designed to lead you into a new way of existence, something that can evoke a response that has eternal dimensions to it. He says that you are loved by God, that you are accepted by God, that your life has an eternal meaning and destiny.

Even if you have heard all that before, it is still an enlivening, beautiful new word. Once you hear that, not only with your ears but also with your soul, you will never hear anything old again. Everything will be new and miraculous! Because Jesus once said, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

 – Rev Jannie du Plessis

(Adapted from a devotional by Eugene Peterson)