Our News

Our Minister

Our Minister, Rev Jannie du Plessis, informed the congregation at the beginning of January that the time had come for him to retire.  He had 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.

Vacancy News

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

The Vacancy Procedure Committee from Presbytery have appointed Rev J Stuart Mill from Thornhill as Interim Moderator.  He has been instructed to take the necessary steps to fill the vacancy.  Firstly, an inspection of the Manse is to be made by Presbytery to see that it is in satisfactory condition.

The Vacancy Procedure Committee have further instructed that a Nominating Committee of 13 members be elected to nominate a new minister.

A recommendation has been made that a locum minister be appointed during the vacancy.

The Kirk Sessions will consider whether the Manse should be let during the vacancy.

An electoral register will be prepared by each congregation for use in voting.

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

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  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. 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.

The Board set up working groups drawn from church and community members to consider the finance, furnishing and heritage aspects of the upgrading. They met regularly and reported to the Board.

An architect was appointed to examine possible upgrading options for St Ninian’s. These proposals were presented to the Board at a meeting in November 2018, and a decision was taken to proceed with one of the options. The chosen option was exhibited to the Congregation prior to the Stated Annual Meeting on 10 March 2019.  The decision taken by the Board to proceed with the upgrading is conditional upon a new Minister being appointed to the Vacancy and sufficient funding being in place.

There will be a Public Meeting at 7:30pm on Thursday 25 April in St Ninian’s Church to see and hear the plans to refurbish the building to serve the community for the next 25 years.

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 26 April 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.