Our News

Our Minister

Our Minister, Rev Jannie du Plessis, informed the congregation at the beginning of January that the time has come for him to retire.  He has been with us since November 2013, and his last service with us was on Sunday 10 February 2019.

We thank him for his care, teaching and guidance during his time with us, and wish Jannie and Sunet a happy and healthy retirement with their family.

Presbytery News

The Presbytery required that an intimation be made to the Congregation that the Vacancy Procedure Committee has instructed that a Nominating Committee be elected.  The Notice was read on 17 February 2019 and is copied here for information.

Click here to view: Elect

Previously, the Presbytery required that an intimation be made to the Congregation of our Minister’s intention to retire.  The Notice was read on 20 January 2019 and is copied here for information.

Click here to view: Demit

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 

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

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.

Newsletter from Lubuto

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

Upgrading and Refurbishment of St Ninian’s Church

The Board have identified the need to upgrade the facilities at St Ninian’s Church to enable better use by the congregation and community. Following the initial consultation in February 2017, there was a further opportunity to comment at Stage 2 of our Community Consultation by completing a survey form. An open meeting was held in March 2018 to report on the consultation process and to hear further views of the community.

Views on the development of St Ninian’s are still welcomed.  Please send your ideas to Paul Lyttle, Board Chairman on email:

The Board has set up working groups drawn from church and community members to consider the finance, furnishing and heritage aspects of the upgrading. They meet regularly and report to a team taking the project forward under the directions of the Board.

An architect has been appointed to examine possible upgrading options for St Ninian’s. These options were presented to the Board at a meeting in November 2018. An update on the proposals will be given at the Stated Annual Meeting on 10 March 2019.

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 27 January 2019 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.