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.
If you have raised a child you will remember that stage when the wee one wrapped her tiny arms around the cuddly teddy bear and clutched it for dear life, saying, “Mine!” No one was going to take it away from her. That moment signified the awakening of a sense of ownership, something that stays with us for life. Yes, there are communities and cultures where communal ownership functions stronger than individual ownership. Only, they will say “ours” where we say “mine”.
When you become a Christian, one of the things to grasp is that I am not the owner of what I thought I possess. Whatever I have in my possession was given to me “on loan”, by God, the true owner of all. When King David and the people of Israel so generously provided all the building materials needed for building the great temple in Jerusalem, the king confessed in prayer to God, “Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand… Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.” (1 Chronicles 29:14, 16).
And so, giving has become part of giving thanks to God for his care. It is part of practising our faith – part of following Jesus as his disciples – that we serve the Lord and his Kingdom in this world with who we are and what resources we have. We are stewards and managers of what God has entrusted to us. Of course, it requires a changed heart: Lord, all I have, comes from you and it belongs to you.
As a church family we pool together to make the best possible impact for God’s Kingdom in a responsible way. Therefore, our Congregational Board needs all our support and prayers in managing the flow of contributions coming from the congregation – no easy task.
Let us make our annual Harvest Thanksgiving a time to revisit the part we play in taking God’s love and the message of salvation through our Lord Jesus to our community and to the ends of the earth.
Let God’s Spirit change your heart so you can tell God, “Yours” instead of “Mine”.
- Rev Jannie du Plessis