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. See also our ‘News’ page.



Almost every Christian sanctuary has one. They are made of burnished mahogany or of rough-hewn timbers. They are forged of polished brass or twisted wrought iron. Sometimes they are given shape by magnificent backlit stained glass. They bear depictions of the broken body of Jesus or as bare and unadorned as a barnyard gate. Yes, the presence of the cross of Christ universally marks Christian places of worship.

This is fitting, for all the New Testament books point to the cross as the centre of Jesus’ work of salvation. His death on a Roman cross bridges the wide gulf of sin and death that separates human beings from God and from one another. “By his death on the cross Christ destroyed (our) enmity; by means of the cross he united (us all) into one body and brought (us) back to God.” (Ephesians 2:16).

But do you see the shadow of the cross falling upon Christmas? Amid all the joy and celebration that the King was born in Bethlehem can be seen the dark shadow of the cross. The gift of myrrh, given by the visitors from the East, was already a symbol of the suffering and death to come, as it was used for embalming the dead. Also, when Joseph and Mary took their newborn baby, Jesus, to the temple for the ceremony of purification, an old God-fearing man, Simeon, took the child in his arms and thanked God for bringing light and salvation to the world through this child. But then he turned to Mary and added, “And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart” (Luke 2:35). Mary, a cross is waiting…………

As we celebrate Christmas, singing “Joy to the world!”, let us spare a thought and remember the cross….for us!

- Jannie du Plessis