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) measures:

The restrictions on use of Church buildings are becoming less, but the requirements of the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland are still in force.  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 18 October 2021, which can be read here.

Read about the Kirk’s latest response, last updated 17 November 2021, on the reopening of churches here.


Message from our Minister

Sunday 5 December 2021

Our Minister’s 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.


Advent is a-coming in!

October 2021

Musings from the Manse …

Are you ready yet! Have you panic-bought extra bits in case sprouts run out or toys don’t arrive? Will the children wake up to an orange, a walnut and a pebble? Anyway that’s a long way off yet … isn’t it?

YES! Before that we have plenty to get on with … Remembering & Remembrance come before Preparation & Celebration.

REMEMBERING … those who have gone before us, those we miss, those who we love … but see no longer. St Ninian’s Church will be open from 2pm on 31st October – a chance to pray, give thanks, remember. Light a candle, sit and pray, place a picture – whatever helps.

REMEMBRANCE … a reminder of the cost of war, the cost of peace, the cost of freedom. A cost paid by others, known and unknown. We show our gratitude as we lay our wreaths and stand in silence together and commit to seeking peace for all.

PREPARATION … during Advent we get ready by focussing on Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. In the busyness of family life and parties we can lose sight of the real reason for the season. As darkness increases we light candles to remind us of the imminent arrival of the Light of the World. Each Sunday during Advent at 3pm we will be spending time in quiet reflection, away from the madness, seeking the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love we need.

CELEBRATION … as Christmas arrives we sing the familiar words, see the familiar images, meet familiar friends, light the lights to push back the darkness as the year turns. Watch for full details nearer the time.

JOIN US as we Remember, Prepare and Celebrate ready to start a New Year with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love … and Faith!

May God Bless you,

Mark RS Smith, Minister