St Ninian’s Church

Glencairn & Moniaive Parish Church is a linked charge with Dunscore Parish Church and is within the Presbytery of The South West.

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’.

Fair Pay

The Church of Scotland has initiated a campaign for Fair Pay for Social Care. This is supported by CrossReach and Justice and Peace Scotland. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to pay care workers more fairly and to put pressure on the Scottish Government on this issue.

Read more about ‘Fair Pay in Social Care’ here on the CrossReach webpage.


Message from our Minister

Sunday 3 March 2024

March is here! And it starts with Prayer.

A weekend of Prayer in Moniaive began on Friday when Christians from across the area gathered to share in the World Day of Prayer using material prepared by Palestinian Christian women reflecting their struggles in faith and daily life written before the October 2023 terrorist attacks and subsequent military action. The World Day of Prayer movement describes itself as “Informed Prayer, Prayerful Action” and raises funds for the needy areas highlighted – last year it was Taiwan.

This afternoon (Sunday) St Ninian’s hosts ‘Moniaive at Prayer: Prayer for Peace’ where people of all faiths (and none) and all ages come together to pray for Peace in our world, in our community, in our lives. This has risen from a small multi-faith group who meet to pray regularly and follows on from last year’s Remembrance event at the Institute. Join us if you can – there’s tea and toast too!

God Bless,



PRAYER for this week:            

Almighty God,

the God of Abraham, of the prophets,

of the disciples, of the apostles and of us:

You are not distant from us

but as close as the air we breathe.

You are within us and among us and around us

and beyond our comprehension.

You are unchanging and yet forever new and we adore You.

We are amazed at all You are,

and have been and promise always to be.


PRAYER THEME: Thank God that He is the same as ever, with us as He was with Abraham.


Musings from The Manse

Welcome to 2024 … Anno Domini!

After the usual cluster of Bank Holidays, the tail-end of school holidays, and the travel chaos of all other holidays, AD2024 is under way.

I would like to think that this year will be a year of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love for all of you.

Up and down our valley, across our villages and hamlets, things are settling into the ‘usual’ routines. Jobs to do, people to see, places to go … holidays to plan!

I would like to take this chance to remind you of the origin of the word holiday – a Holy Day! A day set apart from the ‘usual’, mundane things of life to re-charge ourselves physically, mentally, and (most important of all) spiritually! I know that for many of you the annual holiday is a vital part of your year. Something to look forward to. Something different from the ‘norm’. Something to relax or stretch you. Something you can treasure as you look back.

As many of you have realised, I’m not always very PC! Academics and others now refer to CE instead of AD – Common Era as opposed to Anno Domini (the Year of the Lord). We ended 2023 celebrating the Birth of Christ. An event which defines so much for us, whether we know it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we’d rather ignore it, or not.

In seasonal terms, Christmas Day is the first day after Mid-winter’s day – the first longer day!

In calendar terms, Boxing Day is the old St Stephen’s Day. He was the first Christian Martyr – he died for His faith as many still do today!

Here in Scotland we also devote two whole Bank Holidays to the change of calendar year. This shows how important it is to us to mark the movement of time, the fresh opportunities on offer as the Winter sets in yet the sun rises higher and higher in the sky.

If we are to make the most of those opportunities we need to do more than just mark the occasional seasonal or calendar dates. We need to make every day a Holy Day – not by staying away from paid work or domestic chores, but by including Jesus Christ the epoch-changer in our lives. We need to seek the refreshment we need, body and soul. Not separate from the ‘usual’ life, but in the midst of it!

Jesus is not just for Christmas or the turn of the year. He is for every day. For the everyday. For the common things as well as the special events.

However Common Era you think your year may be, why not make it the Year of the Lord?

Join us to find out more …

May God Bless you in the year ahead.

Mark RS Smith