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’.


The Faith Impact Forum have written a letter about what we can do about this dreadful situation.  Read here how you can offer help and support.

Opening of Church Buildings

An update on the Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus) measures can be read in the Church Family Notices.  In particular, there is no longer a requirement by law to wear face masks during worship, meetings or singing.  Seating with social-distancing is still available.

Also, read about the Kirk’s response, last updated 28 January 2022, on the reopening of churches here.


Message from our Minister

Sunday 15 May 2022

A Message from our Minister:

ALLELUIA! Christ is Risen!

He is Risen indeed! ALLELUIA!

This Sunday we are facing up to two challenges: How to live as good stewards of God’s world and how to help others in need across the world.

Our worship today will be led by Tim Harmer with help from members of the Eco Group. Both congregations are officially Eco-congregations and we try to run our churches in as ecological a way as possible. Not always easy!

The week ahead is Christian Aid Week. We are asked to think about the impact of Climate Change on other parts of the world where drought and famine are very real every day.

Life in both our communities is getting busy, so enjoy the various activities and events planned.

Let’s make the most of the good things God has given us, but not forget the needs of others or the challenge to make a difference for both planet and people.


God Bless,

Mark RS Smith


PRAYER for this week:             

            Let us come to the river

            and be like trees planted by streams of water,

           putting our roots down deep into God’s Word,

           bearing good fruit that will last

           not withering from fatigue,

           stretching out to receive

           and be a source of healing.



CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – others in need



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.


Easter 2022 – Life from Death

Greetings from the Manse …

Easter follows just after the most important day in the church’s year, a day when we remember arrest, trial, torture, death and burial. Yet we call it Good Friday!

Whilst we enjoy hot-cross buns, warmed, with plenty of butter, most of us don’t focus on the events of the first Good Friday … yet we can all enjoy the benefits of what Jesus achieved on that day.

As humans we have broken the bond we were designed to have with God but cannot repair it on our own. We need help, His help. The things which have become a barrier to us receiving and knowing God’s Love have to be dealt with. Jesus chose to take on all our sins and darkness and carry them to the Cross with Him. He took the punishment which wipes the slate clean and because of Good Friday we have the opportunity to be God’s friends again, as intended. All that is needed from us is to believe in Jesus as Saviour and accept His gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

When we do that we can get the eternal life in God’s presence which is shown by Jesus’ Resurrection – death could not hold it in! The Tomb was empty!

ALLELUIA! Christ is Risen!

He is Risen indeed! ALLELUIA!

Mark RS Smith