The Moderator's diary

November

27 October – 5 November

The Moderator and her chaplain, the Revd Mary Stobo, will visit the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy. The ten day programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time in local schools and industries, as well as visits to a Prospects Group, Foodbank centres and a Prayer Shawl Ministry Gathering.

7 November

In the morning, the Moderator will participate in the Priority Areas Big Conversation conference in Erskine.

In the evening, the Moderator will attend a Dinner with the West of Scotland Council of Christians and Jews, in Giffnock.

8 November

The Moderator will attend a Service of Prayer and Remembrance to commemorate 100 years of military service, at St Margaret's Church in Westminster Abbey.

9 November

The Moderator and the World Mission Council’s Asia Secretary will meet with the India Consul General, Mrs Anju Ranjan.

In the evening, the Moderator and her husband will attend a British Legion Concert of Remembrance in Edinburgh, to give thanks for all those who served during the First World War.

10 November

The Moderator will lead a Service of Remembrance in Haddington organised by the local Council, Lord Lieutenant and Royal British Legion, to honour East Lothian’s fallen in World War 1.

11 November

In the morning, the Moderator will lay a wreath on behalf of the General Assembly, at the Annual Service of Remembrance in Edinburgh City Chambers, before leading the prayers of intercession at the Remembrance Sunday Service in St Giles’ Cathedral, and then attending the Armistice Day Service at the Scottish National War Memorial.

In the afternoon, the Moderator will provide a Closing Prayer and Blessing at the National Centenary Service in Glasgow Cathedral, commemorating the First Armistice. The service will be attended by HRH The Princess Royal and will be broadcast live on BBC television.

12 November

The Moderator will host the third of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.

In the evening, Mrs Brown will host a buffet Dinner and discussion focused on encouraging good mental health.

13 November

The Moderator will visit a place of Worship with the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese St Andrews and Edinburgh, to mark Scottish Interfaith Week.

In the evening, the Moderator will host a buffet Dinner during Christian Aid’s new CEO, Amanda Mukwashi’s visit to Scotland, to allow her to meet ecumenical leaders from Christian Aid’s sponsoring churches.

14 November

The Moderator will host the fourth of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.

In the evening, the Moderator will attend ‘Untold Stories: Women of Faith in the Suffragette Movement’, a Scottish Interfaith Week event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

15 November

The Moderator and the Church of Scotland’s Interfaith Officer will attend the 2018 Interfaith Summit hosted by the First Minister at the Scottish Parliament. The event will be an opportunity to publicly recognise the value of faith in Scottish society.

16 November

The Moderator will attend the St Margaret's Chapel Guild: Lunch, Service and AGM at Edinburgh Castle. In partnership with Historic Scotland, St Margaret’s Chapel Guild looks after the small Chapel within Edinburgh Castle (the oldest building in Edinburgh) which is dedicated to St Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

In the evening, the Moderator will attend the Boys' Brigade Annual World Mission Evening at Largs St John's, when Mrs Brown will be presented with a cheque for the Boys' Brigade World Mission Fund. The Fund seeks to develop wider knowledge of the World Mission Work of the Church of Scotland and international work of the Boys' Brigade. Over the years, Boys' Brigade Companies have raised over 1.5 million to support overseas projects.

17-21 November

The Moderator will participate in a programme of visits to CrossReach services in the Highlands, involving speaking engagements and leading devotions. Mrs Brown will visit a variety of the initiatives which CrossReach provide, including Oversteps (a Dornoch Care Home celebrating their 60th birthday), Beechwood House (supporting substance abusers), Cale House (working with those affected by homelessness), an Inverness Counselling Service (offering support to young people) and Whinnieknowe Care Home in Nairn (providing intergenerational work).

22 November

The Moderator will host the fifth of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.

In the evening, the Moderator will host a Dinner to mark the nomination of the Moderator-Designate, the Revd Colin Sinclair, and to reflect on what it means to be Moderator of the General Assembly.

23 November

In the morning the Moderator will meet Mr Robert Marshall, from the Connected Communities Division, Local Government and Communities Directorate.

In the afternoon, the Moderator will host the final of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.

In the evening, the Moderator will attend the Presentation of the Dr Elsie Inglis - Scottish Women's Hospital's Trust Medal and Prize, in Edinburgh. The competition seeks to continue the ethos of Edinburgh surgeon Elsie Inglis, an icon of social and war medicine, and to raise awareness of her largely 'forgotten' First World War women volunteers.

24 November

The Moderator will host a buffet lunch for the Kirk Session of Dornoch Cathedral, where she is parish minister.

25 November – 3 December

The Moderator, her husband, the Principal Clerk and the Church of Scotland’s Ecumenical Officer, will visit London. Their programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time with: the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi, as well as visits to Borderline (homelessness charity for Scots), Methodist Church House, and the administrative centre of the United Reformed Church.