Vacancy Information- updated 7 Oct

Vacancy Information

Our minister, the Rev Stewart McPherson, left at the end of June to take up a position of Interim Minister. Our interim moderator is Rev Rolf Billes and our locum minister is Rev Peter Wood.

Since then :

The Kirk Session  met on Tuesday 7 and 21 Aug under our interim moderator Rolf Billes. 
The default position of the Church of Scotland is that a congregation may not call any minister in a same-sex relationship. However, the ‘Ministers and Deacons in Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages Act’ Act 1, 2015, allows a Kirk Session to depart from this historic position and permit the consideration of ministers in Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages.
The Kirk Session voted that Craigsbank would 'depart'.

A Joint meeting was held after the service on 26 August to appoint a Nominating Committee.

100 members of the congregation attended the joint service. 22 people, who were willing to stand for election to the nominating committee, were nominated and seconded . A vote was taken to choose 13 people. Two members of the presbytery advisory committee had the unenviable task of counting the votes on the ballot papers. The first meeting of the nominating committee will take place on 6 September. This committee is tasked with finding our new minister. The committee are sworn to secrecy and the congregation will of course not find out who applies for the job or any other confidential information.

Our locum minister started on the 2nd September.
Rev Peter Wood will lead worship on a Sunday and work part-time during the week on pastoral duties. 

Before the vacancy can be advertised the Kirk Session has to create a Parish Profile. This is nearly ready for final approval. The Nominating Committee aims to advertise the position by mid October.




Meet Rev Peter Wood, locum minister

I believe strongly in the power and place of Christian community and so I am delighted to be joining you as locum at East Craigs and Craigsbank church. I come to you having just finished working for the Diocese of Ely as the Director of Mission. Despite working for the Church of England I have retained my ties with the Kirk. I was ordained in 1993 by the Presbytery of Kincardine and Deeside and served my ministerial Assistantship at St.John’s, Oxgangs. Since that time God has taken Emma, my wife, and myself on some great adventures in DR Congo and then in Cambridgeshire. Edinburgh does hold a special place for us however as we met and studied here. It is interesting for us to see the ways that the city has grown and developed since that time. Living at present in a flat in Newington I can’t get over the variety of things that we can do or buy just on our doorstep!


We have three children the first of whom, Ruari, is a trainee forester in Aberdeenshire. Cara is going into fifth year and Cameron into third year at secondary school. My wife Emma teaches African Christianity at New College and my mother lives in Stonehaven.


I look forward to getting to know many of you and serving the church in this important period of vacancy.