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, Rev Jannie du Plessis, retired at the beginning of February 2019. During the Vacancy, we welcome The Revd J Stuart Mill as our Interim Moderator.  His details may be found on the ‘Contact’ page.  We are fortunate to have visiting ministers each Sunday to lead our worship.


August 2019

Dear Friends,

As Autumn casts her coat of many colours across Nithsdale, we instinctively begin to monitor the subtle ways our daily living must take account of the changing seasons. Keats with his poetic insights gives voice to the beauty of Nature. His lesser known contemporary John Keble, an Anglican academic, pastor and poet, provides us with spiritual insights reflecting the changing seasons of the Christian Year.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that we don’t seem to do much pondering these days, do we ? I’m thinking of Mary when the angel Gabriel brought her the astonishing news that God had chosen her to be the bearer of the Christ Child. According to St Luke, she kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

I choose to mention this matter away from Christmas to emphasise that though Jesus is a profound influence on us, it appears to me that we seldom ponder about Him in our hearts. Our minds don’t seem to move in His direction very often. He can easily be side-lined, edged out, forgotten, in our busy and uncertain living. What he means to us and what we mean to Him can sometimes remain unthought for too long.

Instead, we ponder our future, our past, wondering what might happen to us. What good fortune or mis-fortune may lie ahead of us and our loved ones. This is natural, of course, but as we ponder our lives, I believe we must also ponder the life of Jesus. For He is The Way the Truth and the Life, ever seeking to be our life’s companion. As the much-loved hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation” reminds us,

          “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, God will ever befriend you.”

J Stuart Mill