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 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 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.


From our Minister

Sunday 18 October:

Sunday 1st November is All Saints’ Day – when we remember those who have gone before us.

In the afternoon our churches will be open for folk to Remember, Give Thanks and Pray.

CoVID restrictions mean that we need to pre-book slots, wear face-masks and socially distance, but that doesn’t stop us coming before God to express our grief, fears and needs.

Book with Nan Tait (200403).






10.30am Worship Together via Zoom

You will need some paper, a pen, and some drawing stuff this morning.


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.

Your Elder will ensure that you get a copy of the CFN each week and these include the hymns, a few thoughts on the reading for Sunday Worship, and other ideas to enable you to join in the ongoing worship, prayer and study life of the congregations as you are able.

PRAYER & REFLECTION … 3pm 2nd Sundays in St Ninian’s and 4th Sundays in Dunscore Church.
Quiet time in church (with face-masks, social distancing, no singing) for half an hour.
A chance to simply meet with God in a place of Prayer and Worship.

TOGETHER AT HOME … 7pm Sunday & Thursday
Join in prayer, thought and reflection. Use the weekly prayer and theme from CFNs.
Light a candle. Look at pictures of friends/family/congregation. Listen to restful music.      As we pray in the name of Jesus the Holy Spirit will unite us across the distancing.


(A lesson in Love, shared at the Connect Group)
The day the happiness of others becomes yours,
The day the suffering of others becomes yours,
You can say that you love.
But it’s hard to love – it hurts so much.
Lord, help me to love
as much as You Love me!


Thank God for His great Love shown in Jesus.


10:30am – Worship Together via Zoom

3:00pm Prayer & Reflection ‘live’ in Dunscore Church.

God Bless & elbow bumps.

Mark RS Smith

Another message from your Minister …

October 2020

Greetings from Wallaceton.

 It is now 6 months since I was inducted (via Skype) as your Minister – unique at the time!

We still find ourselves in strange times … and those times are set to continue for a good while yet!

CoVID has cut across ‘normal’ life in ways we could not have imagined when I accepted the call to be your Minister here in the Cairn Valley! 2020 will certainly be a year to remember.

 As churches we have had to try new things! Zoom, YouTube, Facebook, etc have been adopted as tools for sharing the Good News about Jesus – very different from the usual Church of Scotland format for worship and prayer. I’ve had to learn new skills – computers are not really my thing. Thanks to those from our congregations who have worked hard behind the scenes to get us online so effectively, and our musicians who have adapted so ably to the demands of ‘live’ performance.

Thanks also to the Elders who have maintained contact and care for God’s flock and neighbours and the wider community. Thanks to all who have helped neighbours, delivered groceries, cooked meals, phoned the lonely, Skyped family, waved at passers-by, and generally shown the best of humanity.

We approach a time of Remembrance – All Saints Day, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day. Many of us have lost loved ones this year but been unable to mark their passing and celebrate the lives of those we love but see no longer. We hope to have the church open for quiet remembrance on the afternoon of Sunday 1st November. We will remember Jesus as we celebrate Holy Communion together via Zoom on Thursday 5th November. We will gather, young and old alike in Remembrance and commit ourselves to seeking peace in the world. Watch for details of exact times and arrangements nearer the time as these events may be affected by any changes in CoVID regulations.

We continue to meet via Zoom every Sunday morning (10.30am) and open our doors for Prayer and Reflection once a month at 3pm (2nd Sunday in Moniaive, 4th Sunday in Dunscore). I hope to be able to expand this during Advent as we prepare for Christmas – again watch for details. Unfortunately, with the latest increase in restrictions, it looks unlikely that we will be physically together for our Christmas celebrations! This will be especially hard for those not connected to the internet – please bear these folk in mind as winter draws in.

As Autumn progresses enjoy the changing colours, richer sunlight, and the fruits.

God Bless & elbow bumps,

Mark RS Smith