Church Services on YouTube
If you missed last Sunday’s service (28 June), it can be viewed by clicking here.
You are invited to complete a short survey about future online services, even after we are back using the church buildings. You can find it at this link.
COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance and Advice
Please read important information about social distancing (click) during the pandemic.
Also, read a reminder about washing your hands here.
Our New Minister
On behalf of the Presbytery of Dumfries & Kirkcudbright, the Presbytery Clerk, Donald Campbell has intimated to the Kirk Sessions of Dunscore linked with Glencairn & Moniaive Church, that the Rev Mark Smith was Inducted to the pastoral charge of Dunscore linked with Glencairn & Moniaive Church.
The planned service of Induction in Dunscore Church, was cancelled. Presbytery have instructed that an appropriately adapted service of Induction will take place at a future date.
Meanwhile we welcome Mark, and his wife Debbie, to the Cairn Valley.
Read more about our new minister by clicking here: MS
Read more about Tim by clicking here: TH
Booking of Premises
The procedure for booking our premises has been updated. We have moved to on-line booking, rather than through contact of an individual. Look under the “Bookings” tab at the top of the page for details.
Church Family Notices
The Church Family Notices (CFNs) are available at the start of the service each week, providing details of the service and a look at the church diary for the coming week and beyond. New items for inclusion should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the latest issue (below) for the submission deadline.
Latest issue: Church Family Notices.
Although regular services are not taking place in these unusual times, the costs of maintaining the ministry and the church buildings remain. For those of you who normally give an Offering on a Sunday, please consider how you can continue to make your gifts regularly.
- Pass on your envelopes or donations to your Elder, or to the Session Clerk or Treasurer.
- You could set up a standing order with your bank to make direct payments to the church on a weekly or monthly basis. Our Bank details are Sort Code: 80-19-02 and Account: 00147516, or click on standing order for a sample form. Please contact the Treasurer, preferably by email (email@example.com), for further assistance should you need it.
The Trustees approved the Congregational Accounts for 2019 at a meeting on 4th February 2020. The Accounts have been put forward for approval of Presbytery and OSCR. Click here to view the accounts: Signed Accounts
The 2020 Annual Budget has been approved by the Board. The details can be seen by clicking here: Budget
Our congregation has joined the ecumenical eco-congregation movement to show that our church is concerned about the environment and wants to do something about it in the future.
Read more: Eco
The Congregational Board have decided that we should have the opportunity to support the local food banks on a regular basis. There are boxes in St Ninian’s Church and the Paterson Rooms to receive your donations, and a list of some ideas of what you could give.
In the present circumstances, it will be difficult to collect food donations. Please support the First Base Food Bank by making a money donation through JUST GIVING. (Click for the link).
The Congregation previously decided that the best stewardship of its limited resources was to dispose of Glencairn Church, and to concentrate activities within the village of Moniaive. As this milestone in the life of Glencairn was reached, the key decisions taken by the Congregation and Board over the four years to June 2018 were listed as a record. Click here to see details: GC milestone
Glencairn Church has been put on the market FOR SALE. The Law Department of the Church of Scotand at Headquarters acts for us in this connection.
Click here to see the particulars: Property
The Sunday services at Glencairn Church continue as advertised, and the building remains available for use at public events.
The adjacent cemetery is the responsibility of the Dumfries & Galloway Council.
Life and Work
The magazine of the Church of Scotland is published monthly and copies are available in the Church by subscription. You can now read additional content on the internet at www.lifeandwork.org. It’s just a click away here.
News from Lubuto
Rev Joseph Simukonda sent this message on 28th June:
I write on behalf of Lubuto to express our profound gratitude for your love for us. I am just from watching the video for today’s service and noticed how you value our twining. Thank you for been thoughtful of us. You are also in our prayers. We will continue to pray for you as you continue to worship from home via Zoom. Tuli umo muli Kristi (we are one in Christ). Next week we will have 3 services and celebrate holy communion. You can join us from 09:00 to 10:00 hours on Facebook. My regards to our sisters and brothers in Christ in Moniave and Dunscore.
Upgrading and Refurbishment of St Ninian’s Church
The Board previously identified the need to upgrade the facilities at St Ninian’s Church to enable better use by the congregation and community. The plans were to refurbish the building to serve the community for the next 25 years. Following the initial consultation in February 2017, there were further consultations and public involvement in 2018 and 2019 on the design and layout.
A decision was taken by both the Kirk Session and Board in late-2018 to proceed with one of the architect’s design options. However in 2019, a reversal of that decision was made: to not proceed with the upgrading until a new Minister was appointed to the Vacancy and sufficient funding was in place.
The Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland, operating as CrossReach, has prepared a Prayer Diary for the week.
Tea and Coffee
Glencairn & Moniaive Church is one of the ever-growing number of churches making the connection between trade and poverty and committing to using Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits.
Refreshments are served on Sundays at St Ninian’s Church, either after the 10:00am service or before the 11:45am service.
The Blessed Thing
The church publishes The Blessed Thing or a Newsletter several times a year. This contains church news and other items, written mainly by members of the congregation. Contributions for the next issue should be sent by 20 October 2020 to the editor, Sue Grant, on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church of Scotland
Keep up to date with what is happening in the wider Church. Click here.
Over the past few months a small number of youngsters have enjoyed meeting to play together in St Ninian’s. Due to the small numbers attending, the group have decided to move to The Paterson Rooms. It is hoped that the group will be able to continue. If you or anyone you know would like to become involved, please get in touch with Janet Yule (200373) or Sandra Neill (200416) and if enough people come forward then perhaps the group will be able to keep going. The group runs in The Paterson Rooms which has a lovely outdoor area suitable for outdoor play. Not only is it a chance for the younger children and babies to socialise, it is also ideal for the adults to have a chat and a cuppa. Anyone is welcome to pop in for a coffee and a play!! They meet on Friday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am.