The Moderator's diary

During their year in office, the Moderator visits four Church of Scotland Presbyteries, travels to partner churches overseas, represents the Church of Scotland on historic and national occasions, supports the work of Councils, Committees, congregations and organisations, and meets with interfaith and ecumenical bodies.

Below are details of the engagements in the modertorial diary this month.

1 September 2019
The Moderator will preach at Braemar Parish Church in Aberdeenshire
6 September 2019
The Moderator will preach at a national Thanksgiving Service for the Emergency Services, held in St Giles Cathedral.
7 September 2019
The Moderator will share a reflection on the theme “Companions on the Road” at the Guild Annual Gathering in Dundee.
8 September 2019
The Moderator will preach at a Service of Dedication, held to mark the opening of Monifieth Parish Church's new building. Mr Sinclair and his wife will then join with the congregation for lunch.
11 September 2019
The Moderator will meet with Mr Gavin Matthews, Communications & Development Manager at Solas Centre for Public Christianity, to hear about the resources they provide to support churches in their outreach. In the afternoon, the Moderator will host the first of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.
12 September 2019
The Moderator will host an Afternoon Tea for those who attend the Friendship Club based at Palmerston Place Church.
13 September 2019
The Moderator will meet with Ms Shirley Grieve, Priority Areas Secretary, in preparation for his involvement in The Big Conversation, the Priority Areas Annual Conference held in November.
14 September 2019
The Moderator will give the opening address at 'Re-imagining Church - Moving Into Action', a one day conference in Falkirk, exploring planting and growing new styles of congregations.
15 September 2019
The Moderator will preach at Edinburgh: St Nicholas' Sighthill 80th anniversary service, then he and his wife will join with the congregation for lunch.
17 September 2019
The Moderator will host the second of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff. In the evening, the Moderator will attend the first in a series of six Chalmers Lectures, given by Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and founder of the HeartEdge movement: Find out more
18 September 2019
The Moderator will attend the second Chalmers Lecture: 'Investing in the Kingdom: Taking money beyond the benefactor and the steward', given by Rev Dr Sam Wells at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.
19 September 2019
The Moderator will meet with Ms Ruth Donaldson, Scottish Regional Lead for CSW, and Mr Nguyen Van Dai, a Vietnamese Human Rights Lawyer who is visiting Scotland. CSW is a Christian human rights organisation specialising in freedom of religion or belief for persecuted people of all faiths and none, which co-helped to secure Mr Dai's release from wrongful imprisonment. In the afternoon, the Moderator will host the third of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff. In the evening, the Moderator will attend the third Chalmers Lecture: 'Minding God's Business: Realigning commerce and Church'.
20 September 2019
The Moderator will attend a Steering Board Meeting of 'Grasping the Nettle', a movement formed by church leaders in Scotland to promote dialogue within the church and society at large about belief in God, especially in relation to science.
21 September 2019 - 30 September 2019
The Moderator and his wife, Mrs Ruth Sinclair, will visit the Presbytery of Caithness. The ten day programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time in local schools and industries, as well as visits to community initiatives.