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Church Services Recorded

The 10:30am services at Dunscore Church are also live on Zoom, at the usual link.    Afterwards, a link to a recording of the most recent service can be found here.


Our Minister

Rev Mark R S Smith, was Inducted via video by Presbytery to the charge of Dunscore linked with Glencairn & Moniaive in March 2020.

The planned service of Induction in Dunscore Church was cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, as was a social gathering to welcome Mark and his wife Debbie to the Cairn Valley. The restrictions continued during early-2021 and no plan could be made for a celebration, although this may be possible later. Without delaying further, it was decided that both Session Clerks make a presentation on behalf of the Congregations. The presentation to mark the Induction was made to our Minister at the Manse in April 2021.

Read more about our minister by clicking here: MS

Associate Minister

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in October 2019,
the Reverend Tim Harmer was welcomed to his appointment as Associate Minister to the linked congregations of Dunscore with Glencairn and Moniaive.

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

Latest issue: Church Family Notices.

Church Finances

The costs of maintaining the ministry and the church buildings continue as we catch up after the pandemic closures. For those of you who are unable to 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 formPlease contact the Treasurer, preferably by email (, for further assistance should you need it.
  • Alternatively, one-off donations are welcome at any time in the year.  Please use the bank details, as above.

 Thank you.

The Trustees have approved and signed off the Congregational Accounts for 2021. The Accounts have been examined by the Independent Examiner and have been put forward for approval of Presbytery and OSCR. Click here to read or download a copy of the Accounts. Certain detail has been omitted for security purposes.


Eco-Congregation Scotland

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

Food Bank

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 by clicking the link here.

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.  These decisions and the events up to disposal are recorded here:  GC milestone

The Congregation ceased to use the building from early-September 2020, when it was sold to a private buyer.

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.

A Message from Lubuto

October 2021

“…in terms of politics Zambia is known in Africa to be the beacon of peace … just had peaceful elections in Zambia that saw the opposition party  form the government, there were of course few incidents of violence but not so serious to disturb the peace that our great nation has enjoyed.
Secondly, COVID cases have well been handled by the government, though people are still sceptical with the taking of COVID drugs, Of late there has been an increase on the number of people getting vaccinated. Today a lot of people have known the importance of wearing face masks & sanitising. That in itself has led to the significance reduction of COVID cases. The government has made a lot strides to that effect. Schools have been opened & life is slowly coming to normal.
The issues of the bus is still giving us headache. We are still far from reaching the target, however we would like at this stage, wish to acknowledge your tireless support made through all the donations you made to us so far. That gives us a push & has been the motivating factor.
Our slow in progress  in terms of fundraising for the bus has been worsened by the fact that the roof for the old church building has serious leakages & so we decided to do a bit of fundraising as well to replace it with a new one before the on sets of the rainfall season.
That’s all l can say for now. Stay blessed.”

Rev Friday Sinkonde, Minister.

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.


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 11:30am service, on the first Sundays of the month.

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 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.

Toy Library

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.