March is here! And it starts with Prayer. A weekend of Prayer in Moniaive began on Friday when Christians from across the area gathered to share in the World Day of Prayer using material prepared by Palestinian Christian women reflecting their struggles in faith and daily life written before the October 2023 terrorist attacks and subsequent military action. The World Day of Prayer movement describes itself as “Informed Prayer, Prayerful Action” and raises funds for the needy areas highlighted – last year it was Taiwan.

This afternoon (Sunday 3rd) St Ninian’s hosts ‘Moniaive at Prayer: ‘Prayer for Peace’ where people of all faiths (and none) and all ages come together to pray for Peace in our world, in our community, in our lives. This has risen from a small multi-faith group who meet to pray regularly and follows on from last year’s Remembrance event at the Institute. Join us if you can – there’s tea and toast too!

God Bless,

– Rev Mark Smith, Dunscore Parish Church


So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.


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Almighty God,

the God of Abraham, of the prophets, of the disciples, of the apostles and of us:

You are not distant from us but as close as the air we breathe.

You are within us and among us and around us
and beyond our comprehension.

You are unchanging and yet forever new and we adore You.

We are amazed at all You are, and have been and promise always to be.

Prayer theme: Thank God that He is the same as ever, with us as He was with Abraham.


Tips for working towards a more sustainable life …

To prevent a skin developing on a half-used can of paint:
lay a round of aluminium foil on top of the paint surface and, before you shut the lid, take a deep breath and blow into the tin, quickly shutting the lid. The carbon dioxide in your breath will replace some of the oxygen and help prevent the paint from drying out!