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’.


News from the Kirk’s Website

Read about teacher training and the link with the Jane Haining Project. Click here.

There is more information from the Church of Scotland here.


Message from our Minister

Sunday 16 June 2024

This Sunday we’re looking at Saul, the first king the people of Israel had.

Did Samuel say: “ I told you so!” ?

Don’t you hate it when other people are right!

In an Election year, opinions are shared and debates get heated, yet those of us who have lived long enough to see many variants of government take it all with a pinch of salt.

Jesus faced up to the Pharisees, Sadducees, and many other -sees and dealt with them all in the same way. He listened then gave the response which answered their question or challenged their attitude – what they needed to hear, not necessarily what they wanted to hear!

Samuel listened to God, listened to the people, then listened to God again before acting.

It’s the old “two ears, one mouth” applied to our whole life.

Together we’ll see how Saul got on in the ‘new’ role he took on.

We’ll see how his experience can help us today.


God Bless,


PS If you want to go to Glasgow for “God Loves You” event (Sat 22nd June) let me know a.s.a.p.



PRAYER for this week:            

Lord God,

we thank You that You have placed us in community,

our lives made up of clusters of different people,

some who agree with us, most who don’t.

We thank You, Lord, that in You we can always choose how we react.

Today we choose Your way of showing love to all.

We thank You that You are our King,

and we are part of Your Kingdom,

a community transformed by Your Love and actions.



PRAYER THEME: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you choose God’s Way when reacting to others.


Musings from The Manse

Summer’s here … time for the everyday!

As we face the usual Summer mish-mash – blazing sun, cold winds, heavy rain – it reminds us to be ready for anything! Those of you who were Scouts or Guides will know how important it is to be prepared – it’s not all knobbly-knees, dodgy knots and pen-knives! Thinking Day has come and gone, but any day can be a day for reflection and thoughtfulness.

Elna Wilson was a long-standing member and long-serving Elder at St Ninian’s. Her death shocked many of us – a reminder of the unpredictability of life. It made us think about our own mortality and how to use the time we have on this earth!

As you may expect, Sunday by Sunday I have to work out how to explain the inexplicable, how to untangle the greatest mystery of all – God’s Love for me!

In Church we’ve celebrated Christmas, fasted through Lent, mourned on Good Friday, celebrated Eater Day, looked heavenwards on Ascension Day, waited for Pentecost Sunday and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and tried to wrap our feeble brains round the Trinity! Surely it’s time for a rest?

In reality all the significant dates highlighted in the traditional church calendar mark truthes which we remember all year round – Jesus came to earth as a human, changed lives through teaching, healing, encouraging, then died, rose again, and is now our Friend in Heaven. We might feel down or sad at Christmas time or Easter time, we may feel elated and joyful on Good Friday, we could feel alone and lost on Pentecost Sunday. Life simply does not match the planned calendar.

Just as Scouts and Guides don’t just think on Thinking Day, so as Christians we remember the whole story of the mystery of God’s Love every day. Not just Sundays or Festivals … every day.

In a Summer of holidays, Midsummer Gathering, Gala, Flower Show, Horse Show, Community Garden, and so much else, real life still goes on … warts and all!

Jesus lived alongside real people with real needs and real lives. He joined-in celebrations, shared in grief, healed the sick, trudged dusty roads, forgave the corrupt and immoral, challenged stereotypes, spoke with ‘untouchables’, embraced foreigners, ate with strangers. A full life.

Back to the inexplicable – God Loves you. Not because you deserve it. Not because you understand the theology. Not because you do the right things at the right time. Not because you’re from the right background or family. Put simply – God Loves you unconditionally, just because …

However grand and exciting I try to make the Good News of God’s Love sound, it is something for every day, not just high days and holy days, not just Sundays and Festivals. Every day in the everyday we can know God’s Love. In the ups and downs, ins and outs, we can trust our Friend. We don’t have to go through life alone.

The Beatles sang “ All you need is love.” They were right.

However, to know real Love, God’s Love, we must simply believe for ourselves. No-one else can do it for us. Perhaps the lyric should be “All you need is faith”!

St Ninian’s is full of ordinary people – baffled, needy, undeserving, vulnerable, lonely, weak.

St Ninian’s is full of special people – special because they know they are loved by God.

St Ninian’s is full of people who are on a journey of faith, learning about the mystery of Love alongside each other, together in the desire to receive what God has for them every day.

St Ninian’s is full of people like YOU!


Why not join us each Sunday morning to find out more about the greatest mystery of all? The mystery of the everyday nature of God’s Love shown in Jesus.

May God Bless you.

Mark RS Smith