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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’.

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.

Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus)

On 17 March 2020, Presbytery advised us to cancel services of worship and other church gatherings until further notice.  Cancellation or changes to other activities are noted on the following pages.  Other dates shown may have to be altered.

A message from your New Minister …

First I must thank you for inviting me to become your Minister. Debbie and I are looking forward to joining you on the journey of faith together.

These are hard times – we have to socially distance ourselves, self-isolate for the sake of others and wash our hands twenty times a day! No more hand-shakes, hugs, or cheek kisses … a nod and an elbow bump suffice. Shops are empty, meetings cancelled, activities stopped, sports suspended, jobs uncertain, even worship gatherings are no longer happening.

This is hard for the Church –  coming together in worship and prayer and action is the lifeblood of the congregation. Together we meet with God, encourage each other and engage with the world – a world in need of God’s Love shown through Jesus. As individuals we seek to serve our Lord at home, at work, in the wider community, with our neighbours and with our friends. This time is a challenge for us – how do we sustain our faith without regular gatherings? How can we serve our neighbours at a safe distance?

We need to think of how we can encourage one another at this time.

The fact is that we are not really isolated however distanced we may feel. A telephone call with a familiar voice, a ‘face-time’ chat on a smart phone, an email with helpful information, booking a food delivery for someone … the list goes on. Praying for each other. Remembering those we know before God. Lifting people in need to Jesus for His Love to touch and heal. That may sound a bit clichéd but it works.

In these unusual times the church has had to think about how we provide opportunities for reflection and worship. It is our intention to provide access to regular worship and reflection through the internet for those who have the facilities. We also hope to keep regular contact through the CFNs – if you want a copy through your door let your elder know and we’ll do what we can.

Please use these ‘offerings’ –  it may seem strange and different but we trust that God can use them as ongoing encouragement and edification for His People.

As we approach Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day there should be plenty to reflect on – watch for details of how to access what is produced. We will use Matthew’s account of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Read it with us – chapter 21 onwards. In the quiet moments, recall what Jesus did for you on the Cross. In celebration shout ‘Hosanna’ or ‘Hallelujah’ with millions across the world.

As the Church, we are not isolated or distant – we share our lives with each other and, most important, with our Saviour Jesus Christ.

May God Bless you and may you be a blessing to others.

Elbow bumps from me,

Mark RS Smith