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KIRKIN' of the TARTANS Sunday Oct 29 @ 10am


"Kirk" is the Scottish word for "church." Tartans, with their distinctive plaid, represent specific Scottish clans, regions, or regiments. The "Kirkin' O' The Tartans" is the presentation of a Scottish family's symbol, its tartan, at church for blessing.

After Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish forces were defeated by the English in 1746 in the Battle of Culloden, the wearing of tartans and the playing of bagpipes were forbidden in Scotland for many years. Wearing or displaying of tartans was punishable by death. During those years, some Scots wore concealed pieces of their tartan when they attended church. At a particular point in the worship service, they would secretly touch their hidden tartan cloth, and the minister would offer a blessing.

The first formal "Kirkin" in America was conducted at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., in 1941. Their minister at the time was Dr. Peter Marshall, born in Scotland, who was also Chaplain of the United States Senate.

Beyond the particular heritage of Scotland and its people, Mountain View Presbyterian Church Kirkin' is intended to encourage all participants to reflect with thanksgiving on their own family and ethnic heritage, and to celebrate God's grace poured out for all generations.

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You can volunteer to help with KIrkin'!

MVPC Kirkin' Luncheon
Sunday Oct 29 @ 11:15am

Our Annual Celebration of Scottish, reformed heritage, families and clans, and MVPC Ministries. Enjoy worship with a Scottish flair of Bagpipes & Drum with special music from our Westminster Choir and handbells. After Worship, we will be serving a traditional meal of Cottage Pie, Mashed Neeps, Mushy Peas, Shortbread and Sticky Toffee Pudding.  We hope to have you join us!  As it takes many hands to put on this event!

Help us to cook Side Dishes or Dessert from a recipe, Set up and decorate or Clean up!

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