St Ayle Parish Church was the name chosen by the congregation when the Parish Churches of Anstruther and Cellardyke became a harmonious union in 2016. The name has a special connection to our community as a chapel dedicated to St Ayle was built in the 15th century to serve the spiritual needs of the fishermen, coopers and brewers who lived here. This chapel was located on the north side of what is now the Fisheries Museum. Our minister, Rev Arthur Christie who retired in January 2018, was called initially to the linked charge of Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny. On 1st January 2019 a new linkage was formed between St Ayle and Crail.
Both Anstruther and Cellardyke Church buildings have undergone refurbishment and upgrading in the last few years. Anstruther is now a modern multi-purpose building with an industrial kitchen. Cellardyke sanctuary has been refreshed and the hall modernised with spacious storage accommodation. The buildings complement each other and so are both used for church and community purposes. Both benefit from modern technology.
A foodbank operates out of Anstruther providing both physical and spiritual support. Activities regularly taking place are the Guild, Friendship Group, Babies and Toddlers, Stepping Stone coffee morning, Messy Church, Country Dancing, Prayer Group, Craft Group, Games afternoon, Members’ Association. We have a puppet ministry and also topical bible study. Pastoral care is an important part of our ministry.
Mission is important to us and special events in our worship calendar are our beach service on Easter Sunday, our “tent” service during the harbour festival and our bereavement service held in December.