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’.


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 (12 March 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

Sunday 11 April 2021

Today is still Easter – Alleluia!

It’s hard for us to imagine what was going through the minds of Jesus’ followers in the days after His Resurrection – rumours abounded, fear gripped many, uncertainty took hold.

After the chocolate rush is over, what do you make of the Resurrection?

How does it impact our ordinary lives today?

Sunday by Sunday, week by week, day by day, we have the opportunity to encounter the Risen Lord for ourselves – no-one else can do it for us!

Thomas asked to see for himself and Jesus didn’t disappoint.


This month:


Lord God, Jesus took my place:
punished for my sin, killed for my sake.
You raised Him to life and the grave could not hold Him
as Your Eternal Life broke through death.
Thank You that He did all this for me,
and that I can receive all the benefits of His Love.
Help me believe and trust in Him
and follow His Way in this life
as I journey to the Eternal Life He made possible.


Ask God to help you see Jesus for yourself. Alleluia!


 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.


Another message from our Minister …

Easter 2021

“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” I shout.

“He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!” You reply.


But you’ll want a bit more from me – it is Easter after all.

After the talk of sacrifice during Lent and death during Holy Week it’s nice to think about new life.

Whether you’re chasing down hidden eggs, following clues to treasure, or just enjoying the flowers and lambs, the signs of new life are all around us.

Jesus’ death was not the end – God raised Him from the grave, signalling the gift of New Life for those who believe in Him as Saviour and King.

Through Jesus’ death we can be re-connected to God, through the Resurrection that re-connection can be permanent – more than permanent … eternal!

That’s why we change from ‘Hosanna!’ to ‘Alleluia!’

Join the celebration – every Sunday, not just Easter Day.


God Bless & elbow bumps,

Mark RS Smith