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’.


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Message from our Minister

Sunday 3 July 2022

Today is the start of another year!

Not New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Jewish New Year, or any of those, but a change to our service times – 10am is now Dunscore Church time (except when it’s Messy Church) and 11.30am is now St Ninian’s time (with a cuppa from 11am on the first Sunday of the month) and watch for the times for our Joint Worship on the fifth Sunday of the month!. However hard we try to regulate and plan things (even Sunday worship times) it can become complicated when real life intervenes.

The children have been very excited this past week as school comes to an end (for the Summer at least!) and the holidays begin! However, as adults know only too well, life goes on whatever the calendar says. I am sure the distraction of extra social events, galas, and get-togethers over the Summer helps us cope with the ordinary. Meeting with friends in the daylight is a pleasure and something to be enjoyed and treasured – even wrapped in our cagoules, hidden beneath the hoods!

Let’s embrace the chaos, enjoy the uncertainty, and ‘go with the flow’ – confident that God is the same yesterday, today, and for ever and that He wants only good for us in whatever comes along.

God Bless,

Mark RS Smith


PRAYER for this week:    

Almighty, Eternal, Infinite God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

in the chaos of life help me remember that You remain the same:

yesterday, with all its regrets casting a shadow on me;

today, with immediate issues to deal with;

for ever, into the unknown future.

Thank You for Your promise to be with me always.

Help me to appreciate what I have now,

be thankful for what You have done for me in the past,

and trust You for the future.

I pray through One God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.



Praise God that He only wants good for you in your life.


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 few remaining 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.


Summer 2022

– change is the new normal!

Greetings from the Manse …

There is always some debate over when Summer officially begins.

Is it 1st June? Is it the solstice (21st June)? Is it when May is out? (Flower or calendar month?)

Or … is it when the vests are packed away and shorts come down from the loft?

Or … when the clocks change to British Summer Time?

Or … is it when the schools ‘break up’?

None of the above … it’s when our two congregations swap service times!

Beginning on Sunday 3rd July our regular services will be at 10am in Dunscore Church and 11.30am in St Ninian’s, Moniaive. Put it in your diary.

Since re-starting meeting ‘live’ in our church buildings following 15months of Zoom-only worship we have experienced a wide variety of worship formats – traditional services, Messy Church, Café Church, Holy Communion, Prayer & Reflection, Together with KiKs, meditations, etc.

The main thing people have commented on (to me) is that it is good to meet in person, to be together as God’s people in His house. How we do that takes many forms but serves the same purposes – Encouragement, Edification, Engagement – with Jesus at the centre of it all.

You may well know that the Church of Scotland is undergoing much change and that the number of Ministers will be reduced and congregations will need to form new links and work closely together.

There’s that word again: ‘Together’!

For me it is vital that we continue our journeys of faith and discovery together. Not going solo, but gaining the Encouragement and Edification we need from the Holy Spirit as we Engage with each other in worship, in prayer, and over a cuppa.

The Risen Christ met His disciples when they were together. Huddled in fear. Uncertain without ‘proof’. Walking home burdened by questions. Frustrated by empty nets.

The Holy Spirit was poured out on the gathered disciples and spoke through them to the crowds.

People heard about the Good News of God’s Grace in a way that they could understand, in a way that felt relevant, in a way that touched their hearts and minds.

As we gather together this Summer let’s ask God to meet us where we are, both individually and together!

May God Bless you,

Mark RS Smith

PS – Summer challenge … how many words beginning with ‘E’ can you think of which refer to how the church works and what it does?