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 October 2019
The Moderator will attend the fourth 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
2 October 2019
The Moderator will attend the two-day HeartEdge Conference: “On earth as it is in heaven”. During the Edinburgh event, Mr Sinclair will lead worship and participate in a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing the Church in Scotland. In the evening, the Moderator will attend the fifth Chalmers Lecture: ‘Making our Hearts Sing: Let All the People Praise Thee - How the Church may be part of a cultural renaissance’, given by Revd Dr Sam Wells at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.
3 October 2019
The Moderator will attend the second and final day of the HeartEdge Conference. In the evening, the Moderator will attend the final Chalmers Lecture: ‘Realising God’s Presence: On Earth as it is in Heaven - Towards a vision for the renewal of congregational life’, before attending a Dinner given by the Chalmers Lectureship Trust.
5 October 2019
The Moderator will host the first of two buffet lunches for Edinburgh: Palmerston Place Kirk Session, the congregation where he is minister.
6 October 2019
The Moderator will preach at a Thanksgiving Service to mark the opening of Glasgow: St Rollox new building.
7 October 2019
The Moderator will meet with Mr Chic Lidstone, interim CEO of Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland, to hear more about the organisation. In the afternoon, the Moderator will host the fourth of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.
8 October 2019
The Moderator will host the fifth of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff. In the afternoon, the Moderator will attend two services to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Presbytery of Edinburgh. In the evening, the Moderator and his wife, Mrs Ruth Sinclair, will attend the service of installation of the Revd Dr George Whyte as a Chaplain-in-Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland.
10 October 2019
The Moderator will host the final buffet lunch for Church of Scotland office staff. In the evening, the Moderator will deliver the annual Marion Fraser Lecture on his chosen topic: “The place of Church buildings in our emotions”, at Edinburgh: Palmerston Place. The lecture is organised by Scotland’s Churches Trust in memory of Lady Marion Fraser, a former Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly and a former Trustee of Scotland’s Churches Trust.
11 October 2019
The Moderator will preach at the 2019 Glasgow Academy Commemoration Service in Glasgow Cathedral.
12 October 2019
The Moderator will give a keynote speech at the national Passion Trust Conference, being held for the first time in Edinburgh. The conference brings together organisations which enact Easter Passion Plays. In the afternoon, the Moderator will host the second and final buffet lunch for Palmerston Place Kirk Session.
13 October 2019
The Moderator will preach and present long service certificates at Methil: Wellesley in Kirkcaldy Presbytery.
15 October 2019
The Moderator and his wife will attend an Awards for Young Musicians Fundraising Concert in Edinburgh. The charity supports talented young people from low income families to reach their musical potential.
16 October 2019
The Moderator will participate in a Question and Answer Session in regard to his moderatorial role with staff and students from the University of St Andrew’s.
17 October 2019
The Moderator will host a Dinner to discuss shaping a new wellbeing economy built on equality.
19 October 2019
The Moderator will attend a Thanksgiving Service, then host a Dinner in Perth, to celebrate 25 years of the National Youth Assembly.
20 October 2019
The Moderator will preach and participate in the “All Age” slot at Kennoway, Windygates and Balgonie: St. Kenneth's in the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy. The Parish minister, the Revd Allan Morton, attended Palmerston Place during his time as a Candidate in Training.
21 October 2019
The Moderator and his wife will visit two CrossReach residential care homes for older people in Ayrshire: Cumnor Hall and South Beach House.
22 October 2019
The Moderator and his wife will visit Erskine Waterfront Campus, a CrossReach school for children and young people with Additional Support Needs.
23 October 2019
The Moderator and his wife will visit the Dick Stewart CrossReach Service; supported accommodation for male offenders who have recently left prison.
24 October 2019
The Moderator will host a Dinner for CrossReach supporters, to discuss investing in Social Care for the future.
26 October 2019 - 4 November 2019
The Moderator and his wife will visit the Presbytery of Lanark. The ten day programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time in local industries, as well as visits to community initiatives.