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, the Rev Jannie du Plessis, has been with us since November 2013.  His details may be found on the ‘Contact’ page.


“The Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.” (John 1:14) 

As a teenager I was kept spellbound when reading “The War of the Worlds” by H G Wells. Needless to say, the hair in my neck stood on end most of the time. It felt like these brutal visitors from Mars might turn up in our town any moment.

More recently I read of the adaptation of the book into a radio play, narrated and directed by Orson Welles. On the night before Halloween in 1938, the play about an alien invasion was broadcast. The first two-thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a news bulletin. It was done so well that there was pandemonium in many homes. Some people went into hiding, and others went to church to pray, thinking the planet really had been invaded!

The truth is, our planet has had a visitor from “the outside”. It happened on that first Christmas Day when God came from heaven and lived among us as a human. In the coming days of Advent, we shall once again revisit the meaning of his coming. He came not to cause pandemonium but to bring peace, peace between us and God and peace among ourselves as humans. As we receive Jesus and invite him to become resident (or“make his home”) in our lives, he brings his peace into our hearts and homes and workplaces. He calms those whose hair stand on end, struggling with life’s hardships, or fearing the unknown.

Do you want to know how to live with confidence? The Bible says, “The Word became flesh.” In Jesus God spoke his Word of love and peace into our world. God himself became a human being to tell us and show us how to live. And that is what Christmas is all about!

 – Rev Jannie du Plessis