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Vacancy News

The process to find a new minister for our linked congregations (Dunscore with Glencairn and Moniaive) is in progress.  Relevant information for the members will be posted here and updated as necessary.

Nominating Committee:

The congregations of Dunscore with Glencairn and Moniaive have elected a Nominating Committee whose job is to find a new minister after the retiral of Rev. Jannie du Plessis in February. They have now met four times, have established a plan and discussed what sort of minister is wanted. Both Kirk Sessions have been working hard to finalise a combined Parish Profile which will show applicants what sort of church and community we are, our vision for the future, and how we go about our business here. This will accompany the Vacancy Advertisement that it is hoped to get on the Church of Scotland website by early September. The Nominating Committee will discuss the applications, take up references and then interview suitable candidates. Once they have decided on the best candidate, he or she will be invited to preach at Dunscore and St.Ninian’s, when the congregations will vote on whether they wish to accept the applicant. As ever, this all takes time, but the Nominating Committee will keep the congregations and the whole community updated on progress. Please pray for a successful outcome and watch this space! The team has created a Parish Profile website at: Please have a look at this and share it with anyone (particularly any ministers) that might be interested! 

Note provided by John Drabble, Clerk to the Committee – September 2019.

Other Vacancy news:

A recommendation from Presbytery was made that a locum minister be appointed during the vacancy.

The Kirk Sessions agreed that the Manse should be let during the vacancy.  A suitable tenant was found to occupy the Manse from late-June 2019.

Associate Minister

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in October, the Reverend Tim Harmer was welcomed to his appointment as Associate Minister to the linked congregations of Dunscore with Glencairn and Moniaive.

During the vacancy, the Congregation are encouraged to contact Reverend Harmer directly on any pastoral matters, including funerals. His details can be found under the “Contact” tab at the top of the page.

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  See the latest issue (below) for the submission deadline.

Latest issue: Church Family Notices.

Church Finances

The Trustees approved the Congregational Accounts for 2018 at a meeting on 5th February 2019. The Accounts are awaiting approval of Presbytery and OSCR.

Click here to view the accounts: Signed Accounts 

The 2019 Annual Budget has been approved by the Board.  The details can be seen by clicking here: Budget

Glencairn Church

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 is reached, the key decisions taken by the Congregation and Board over the four years to June 2018 have been listed as a reminder. 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  It’s just a click away here.

News from Lubuto

The latest news  from our twinned congregation in Lubuto in Zambia is reported in ‘The Blessed Thing’.

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.

Prayer Diary

The Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland, operating as CrossReach, has prepared a Prayer Diary for the week.

Latest issue: Click  CrossReach

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 3 January 2020 to the editor, Sue Grant, on email:

The most recent issue available: Click The Blessed Thing.

The Church of Scotland

Keep up to date with what is happening in the wider Church. Click here.