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. An update on the progress of the Vacancy may be read on the ‘News’ page.
One Sunday evening last October, I was walking in the grounds of the Crichton, near the beautiful Crichton Memorial Church. The sun was setting, creating a soft pink and golden sky. The silence was broken by what at first I thought to be people’s voices but there was virtually no-one else around. I heard the sound again and instinctively looked up, and there, in the distance, I saw a flock of geese approaching. I took a photograph of them as they flew overhead, their distinctive calls filling the stillness of the air. Then I saw a bigger flock approaching , then another and another until the sky was filled with their wild beauty.
But within less than a minute they had almost vanished from sight, floating over the distant trees and down towards the Solway like giant strands of delicate gossamer.
I could sense their excitement as they neared their destination. I could hear in their noisy conversations a great desire to reach the coastal wetlands and find safe pasture.
The V formations in which geese often fly when making long flights are not only beautiful to observe, they are practical as well. The geese change places in the formation quite often. The leading bird uses up the most energy, those at the ends of the formation the least. This is due to the updraft created by the geese in the middle of the formation. In this way, the flock can remain flying together for longer.
Not just a beautiful spectacle of Nature but a metaphor for living together in community.
As Christmas approaches many of us will get caught up in the preparations for celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord. Although Christmas is a very ancient Christian festival , the reality behind and within it is ever new. As we hear the Gospel describe the beginnings of God’s Grace towards humanity, with the birth of Jesus, our maturing faith is able to see Jesus not just as the Baby in the Manger but as our life’s companion Whom we trust implicitly in the joys and sorrows of life, He Who quite rightly described Himself as the Light of the World, The Way, the Truth and the Life.
May this Christmas and every Christmas be a time of peace, joy, hope and love for each of us, for our families and friends, for our sisters and brothers in Christ and for all humanity.
May 2020 prove to be a year in which our lives are drawn ever deeper into the great mystery of God’s love for us, begun in Jesus. You will always be welcome to attend any of our church services over the Christmas season. Details of these services can be found in the calendar of services on this page.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Revd J Stuart Mill