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 had visiting ministers each Sunday to lead our worship.  As explained below, and on the ‘News’ page, we are about to appoint a new Minister.

Spring 2020

Dear Friends,

What better way for the congregations of Dunscore with Glencairn and Moniaive to begin a New Year and a New Decade than by appointing a new Minister!

On 19th January 2020, the Revd Mark R S Smith was duly elected by an overwhelming majority of those whose names appear on either of the two Electoral Registers and who cast their votes. As Interim Moderator, I am delighted at this convincing result and offer my congratulations to Mark.

We are truly indebted to the members of the Nominating Committee under the leadership of Pam Mitchell and John Drabble for their enthusiasm, their generosity with their time and energy and for their commitment to finding the right candidate to nominate as Sole Nominee.

As the preparations for his Induction are set in motion, I trust that members, friends and parishioners of Dunscore with Glencairn and Moniaive will not only keep Mark in their thoughts and prayers, but also keep themselves informed of developments as the Presbytery assumes its role in organising the service of Induction.

Someone whom you already know as your Associate Minister, is the Revd Tim Harmer. Tim has been active in leading worship and providing pastoral care in Dunscore for a number of years on an informal basis.

We are very grateful to him for kindly agreeing, last year, to accept the more formal role of Associate Minister of both congregations and parishes. He brings to this new expanded role the spiritual depth, warmth of personality and valuable experience which, by God’s grace, have already begun to bring rich blessings to those whom he serves in the Name of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I urge you to support The Revd Mark Smith and the Revd Tim Harmer as a new chapter in the life of the Cairn Valley Churches begins.

As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, may we be drawn into the mystery of God’s gracious and dramatic Incarnation, seeking and speaking the truth in love.

I wish you, your family and friends a joyful and blessed Easter.

It is true, the Lord has risen! He is risen indeed!

The Revd J Stuart Mill