The Moderator's Diary

The Moderator’s Diary : April 2017

4 April

The Moderator will preach at the service of dedication of the major building work at Inchture and Kinnaird. Large scale external conservation work has been carried out and internal upgrading will enable the congregation to use the building as a centre of week-day mission as well as for Sunday worship.

7 April – 11 April

The Moderator and Mrs Barr travel to Arras to take part in commemorations of the First World War battles fought in the area. They will attend services at Carriere Wellington hosted by New Zealand at which the New Zealand Monument will be dedicated; the Moderator will take part in the Scottish Commemorations Service at the Arras Memorial in Faubourg d’Amiens Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery. Canada will host the Vimy Ridge Ceremony; the Moderator will lead the Battle of Arras prayer as part of the Sunset Ceremony.

Mrs Barr’s great uncle, Private David Wyllie of the Black Watch was killed in the First World War and is buried near Arras. Mrs Barr will be among the descendants laying wreaths at the commemoration ceremonies and will have the opportunity to visit her great uncle’s grave.

20 April

The Moderator will take part in an Interfaith Conference run by the Church of Scotland, entitled Honest Conversations: Mission and Belief in Dialogue.

22 April – 1 May

The Presbytery of Gordon will host the Moderator and Mrs Barr for a ten-day visit which will include services, visits to schools and local industry as well as meetings with ministers and local organisations