Induction of New Minister

I am happy to announce that the induction of your new minister will take place on the 10th July, but virtual mean as Mr Murray will be in Skye for some time until it is possible for him to move to the manse and be resident. He will offer services as you have had with Rev Peter Neilson’s efforts and support for funerals etc. and emergency pastoral care in his absence will be made.

Please let the Session Clerk, Mrs Helen Armitage know that you wish to be added to the list of those able to view the induction when it takes place.

You will have to indicate the preferred email address  and be able to receive pictorial and audio messages on your commuter. The method will probably be to use Zoom.

 The names and email  address have to be sent to Mrs Armitage by the 15th of June to allow the massive task of the loading of the information  into the system to allow the service to take place.

With thanks for your cooperation in this venture.

It is good to be at this stage of the process and while it is not quite what we might have wished, it will be good to have the minister ready to engage with the parish as soon as circumstances allow.


With kind regards,

Nigel J Robb ( Revd)

Interim Moderator of Crail linked with St Ayle

Christian Aid Week

Many thanks to you all for your generous donations to Christian Aid Week. We had a very successful week and between the 5p collection (ongoing) ,the plant stall and donations we raised £755 which was a magnificent amount even before the circumstances are taken into account.


Many thanks again to you all

Attendance at Funeral Services - Crematoria and Cemeteries

It is advise that with immediate effect that attendance at funeral services at either Kirkcaldy or Dunfermline Crematorium or at burials at any Fife Council cemetery should now be restricted to a small number of immediate family only.

We will continue to monitor the situation however should the situation around coronavirus escalate as expected stricter restrictions will be put in place.

Declaration of election result


I hereby declare the results of the voting for the election and appointment of a minister to the vacant charge of Crail linked with St Ayle to be as follows.


For electing The Rev John Murray 208

Against electing Rev John Murray    4


Therefore, The Rev John Murray has accordingly been elected and appointed as the new minister subject to the approval of Presbytery.


Rev Nigel Robb

Interim Moderator

26th January 2020

Letting Church Halls

Many congregations will have churches, halls and other premises that are used by church groups and let to external agencies for a range of events. In light of the recent Scottish Government advice to practice social distancing or to stay at home if you’re unwell or in an at-risk group to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is no longer appropriate in most cases for this to take place.

Both congregational and outside organisations should be made aware that your building is closed and will remain so until the current situation is under control and Government guidance is that group activities may be resumed. The Church has already closed down worship services and activities as our contribution to this community effort to keep people safe.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to continue to use your premises for two purposes only.  These are the provision of childcare for key workers and the operation of foodbanks.  The Government has said that private and voluntary sector childcare providers can stay open, provided they:

  1.               Support only the children of key workers and vulnerable children; and

  2.             Wherever possible, they work with local authorities in their areas to do this.

Local authorities have been strongly encouraged to involve private and third sector childcare providers in delivering critical provision.

Where a local authority identifies the need for your premises to be used for such childcare purposes or confirms that a foodbank within your premises is a critical local resource then they may remain open for these purposes.  Public health guidance should be sought from the local authority in each case, and contact should also be made with Brian Auld, the General Trustees’ Assistant Secretary (Safe Buildings) at for advice on ensuring that such projects are run safely.

Letter to Congregations of Crail and St Ayle - December 2019

Dear Members and Visitors

Advent is the time of waiting in the Church. A time when Christians for generations and well over 1600 years have focused attention on the expectations and the patience required before the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift to humanity.

We are not used to waiting in this age.  We life in a time of ‘instantitis’ as one my American colleagues expressed it. We want super-fast broadband, complain when  emails do not go immediately, and deliveries do not arrive as and when we have scheduled them and do not like waiting for a bus or a train or plane. We are in an age of ‘instant gratification’ where we expect everything to be immediately available and then we complain when they are not!

Therefore for the Church to celebrate a time of waiting is counter cultural and completely against the contemporary world’s expectations. It says that the Christian Faith is out of step with the current understanding of human life and the way human beings have learned to operate. Maybe that should give us pause for thought.

In another sense we have in this linked charge experienced a period of waiting. Waiting – sometimes impatiently - sometimes with grace and charm. The Members of Nomination Committee which you elected and entrusted with the task of seeking a new minister has had huge expectations  placed upon them. You have expressed confidence and trust in electing them and they have not been idle.  Through the last 11 months letters, advertisements, and a parish profile have been created and circulated.  Regular meetings have taken place to discuss process and consider expressions of interest.

As a result of their labours, the Nomination Committee has come to a decision and has unanimously agreed to recommend the Revd John Murray, currently minster at  Kilmuir and Stenscholl  to the congregations as the sole nominee to be called as minister to the vacant change.

A full profile of Mr Murray and why the Nomination Committee have agreed to recommend him for election will be available in due course.

The Church’s regulations now come into effect. Mr Murray has accepted nomination. Therefore he will preach and conduct worship on Sunday 26th January, 2020 at 9.45 am in Crail and 11.30 am in St Ayle.

After the congregations have heard Mr Murray and considered carefully the perspective and recommendations of the Nomination Committee, it is expected that they will vote to call him as the minister elect of Crail linked with St Ayle.  There will be an opportunity thereafter to sign the Call, either as a member or an adherent, or those who are not members may submit a ‘Paper of Concurrence’.


The members of the congregations have an active apart to play in ensuring that their names are on the electoral registers of their own congregations, and most importantly, keep all involved in prayer as we face the time ahead.

An induction service will be held in St Ayle Cellardyke after the Call is sustained by the Presbytery. This will not take place immediately as the manse has been rented out to the benefit of the finances of  the congregations and will require work  and be inspected by the Presbytery  before any induction  can be proceed. Pastoral issues will also have to be considered in relation to the sole nominee and his family circumstances.

Patience will be required again.  Your participation in the process is vital to the future of this linkage. Worship will be  led by some experienced ministers and the worship teams until the new minister is inducted. Your continued support of the work of the congregations will ensure that the anticipated arrival of a new minister will find the congregations ready to venture into  God’s future.

I am delighted that the labours of the Nomination Committee have borne fruit and entrust the next stage of the process to the guidance of God.

 I wish you all health and happiness in this season of Advent and for the exciting year ahead of 2020.


Nigel J Robb (Revd)

Interim Moderator of Crail linked with St Ayle.

Nominating Committee Announcement

The Nominating Committee is delighted to announce that they have a sole nominee for the charge of Crail linked with St. Ayle.

The Vacancy Advisory Committee of the Presbytery have approved the process and once further regulatory matters are fulfilled the name of the sole nominee will be published and arrangements made for him to preach in both churches as sole nominee. An induction will not take place until late June or early July 2020 when the manse and other issues are resolved appropriately.

N J Robb (Revd.)

Interim Moderator,

9th December 2019.

Crail Church

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