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 restrictions on use of Church buildings are becoming less, but the stringent demands of the relevant Risk Assessments as required by the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland take time to implement.  The latest information may be seen in the following items and in the Church Family Notices.

Our Session Clerk has provided some guidance on access to the buildings from 19 July 2021, which can be read here.

Read about the Kirk’s latest response and update (13 July 2021) on the reopening of churches here.

More information on the services returning to the churches can be found here.

Ongoing cancellation or changes to our other Church activities are noted on the following pages.  Other dates shown may have to be altered.


Message from our Minister

Sunday 25 July 2021

This Sunday (25th) we will celebrate Moniaive Gala with a Café Church at St Ninian’s from 10am.

It will be less formal than most Sundays and you can make a cuppa at your table whilst singing and crafting along! Book with Nan Tait on 01848 200403 so we know you’re coming – we can now seat 30 inside the church. Distancing is down to 1metre – just over arms’ length – but masks are still required. Why not invite someone from your ‘bubble’ or household to join us?

The theme for North Street, Moniaive is “The Circus comes to town” and the congregation display is “The Greatest Show Story on Earth”. This is what we celebrate each week (not just for Gala) as we meet in praise and prayer whether in church or via live-streaming on YouTube (CairnValley Churches channel). Have you subscribed yet? It’s FREE! And there are plenty of resources there to help, encourage, and edify.

Join the Celebration – see you there.



Lord Jesus, You walked on earth at a time of upheaval and change,

give us the patience, the faith, and the wisdom we need

to walk in Your Way through this stage of the pandemic.

Show us what lessons You have for us

and guide our forward steps over this summer

so that we can better reflect You in our lives

and better show You to others.



 Thank Jesus that you can rely on Him whatever you face.


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 also use the internet:

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.


All Change! Back to ‘Normal’?

July 2021


The arrival of Tier 1 has enabled us to hold more services in St Ninian’s Church and plan for the summer. As a result we will be holding weekly worship at 10am IN CHURCH!

… for the foreseeable future.

At the time of writing numbers are still limited, face-masks required, social-distancing in place but … we can SING!


Yes … YOU!


I used the word ‘foreseeable’ but one thing the pandemic and COVID have taught us is that we need to be flexible to make the most of life within any restrictions and adaptable to grab any opportunities offered by changes in the pattern of life. In reality the Church has not always been very quick to change – one book written about Church History was entitled ‘Like A Mighty Tortoise’!

It looks like the summer will give plenty of opportunities to go back to ‘normal’ but most of us realise that we must create a NEW NORMAL for life. This is as true for the Church as for any organisation or person.

Our style of worship has been changed by Zoom – most people now wear slippers and PJs and slurp their coffee while I drone on!

We have been able to have a wider variety of worship, adding video-clips and downloaded music to enrich our services, spending quieter times in church for reflection and meditation when the opportunity has been there.


COVID has challenged our ‘normal’. People are thinking about their lifestyle, their work-life balance, their priorities – are YOU one of these people? Change is attractive but hard work – it would be easy to simply go back to the ‘old normal’, to slip into pre-COVID patterns of life. How serious are you about changing things in your life? Is it a dream or a determination for you? Is it really going to happen? Who can help you?

Jesus challenged people in many different ways. He asked them to step away from their current ‘normal’ and into His ‘normal’. A Way of Life centred round His Love, powered by Faith, guided by His Grace, driven by Hope, spreading His Light around, and sharing Joy with the world.

Is that the sort of ‘normal’ you want for your own life? Find out for yourself …

COME ALONG WITH US on the journey to your NEW NORMAL with Jesus.

I’m looking forward to being able to meet more of you ‘in the flesh’ and say a proper “hello” over the summer.

May God Bless you as you seek your NEW NORMAL with Him.

Mark RS Smith, Minister