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 August

The Moderator will give the pastoral charge to the congregation at the Induction of Rev Alison P McDonald to Haddington: St Mary’s.

4 August

The Moderator will preach at the Eucharist Service at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.

9 August

The Moderator will give a reading at the first Edinburgh Festival Interfaith Service, taking place at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.

11 August

The Moderator will preach at Insh Parish Church in the Presbytery of Abernethy.

12 August

The Moderator will meet with Mr Daniel Adams, Executive Director of Mary's Meals, to hear about the work of the charity.

13 August

The Moderator and his wife will be Chief Guests at the Annual Eid al-Adha Fellowship Dinner in Edinburgh, hosted by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. During the evening, the Moderator will speak about the importance of cohesion, sharing in dialogue and action, and striving through faith to build peace.

15 August

The Moderator and his wife will attend a performance of ‘Dead Equal’ at the Army Reserve Centre in Edinburgh, as guests of the 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland. The opera tells the unsung stories of women medics in combat through time.

16 August

The Moderator and his wife will attend the first day of the Church of Scotland’s National Youth Assembly at Gartmore House in Aberfoyle, joining delegates for Dinner and then participating in the Opening Session.

18 August

The Moderator will preach at the 150th Anniversary Service of Jamestown in Dumbarton Presbytery.

19 August

The Moderator will attend a Conference for Church of Scotland ministry candidates being held at the University of St Andrew’s, joining the attendees for an Open Forum discussion and participating in the Closing Communion service.

22 August

The Moderator , his wife and their guests will attend a Dinner and performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, by invitation of the Governor of Edinburgh Castle. During the Tattoo, Mr Sinclair will assume the role of Salute Taker.

24 August

The Moderator will lead the Bible Teaching slot at Scripture Union Scotland’s Big Celebration event at Lendrick Muir in Kinross.

25 August

The Moderator will preach at Choral Evensong at the Church of St Mary in Handsworth, Birmingham. The service will mark the bicentenary of the death of Mr James Watt, and highlight his contribution to the evolution of the Industrial Revolution.

27 August

The Moderator and the Principal Clerk will receive a tour of the Jack Copland Centre in Edinburgh, the new headquarters for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

28 August

The Moderator and his wife will visit Positive Help in Edinburgh, one of the charities supported by the Church of Scotland’s HIV Programme.