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Scottish “Kirkin’ of the Tartans” at Fort Worth Church


by Betsy Lewis 30 Jan 2009

First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Worth brings Highland dancers, Scottish foods and 50 different tartan banners to its Kirkin’ of the Tartans worship service and celebration on Sunday. This kind of pageantry is irresistable to a girl whose middle name is Graham, yet I do not know what kirkin’ is exactly. The press release states: […]

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First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Worth brings Highland dancers, Scottish foods and 50 different tartan banners to its Kirkin’ of the Tartans worship service and celebration on Sunday. This kind of pageantry is irresistable to a girl whose middle name is Graham, yet I do not know what kirkin’ is exactly.

The press release states: “Kirkin’ traces its roots to a special service in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 1941, when members of the St. Andrews Society of Washington, D.C., held a worship service to raise funds to aid Scottish churches and the British war effort during the early days of World War II. Reminiscent of early Scottish Presbyterianism, Kirkin’ worship services are observed throughout the United States.”

You can celebrate your Scottish heritage with a worship service at 10:55 a.m. followed by lunch. There will likely be men in kilts playing bagpipes.

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