The annual Kirkin’ of the Tartans service will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Special music will be provided by the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band. The bagpipes are always a favorite part of this special service.
The Kirkin’ service will honor Americans of Scottish descent and Scottish heritage within the United States in a church setting. The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service, as we know it, originated in America. Peter Marshall, then chaplain of the United States Senate, created the service in 1943 to raised funds for war relief in Great Britain. A Kirkin’ service continues to be held annually in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Although the service uses a traditional Presbyterian format, Kirkins are held in churches of all denominations.
The service is usually held close to either St. Andrew’s Day or National Tartan Day. The U.S. Senate designated April 6 as National Tartan Day in 1998. First Cumberland hosted its first Kirkin’ on Sunday, April 6, 2003. Both the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County have designated April 6, as Tartan Day.
Those attending the service are encouraged to wear kilts or the plaids of their family tartans. A Calling of the Clans and Blessing of the Tartans will be included in the service and all are invited to participate. The 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.
Music provided by the Pipe Band will include “Highland Cathedral”, “Amazing Grace” and “Scotland the Brave”. The First Cumberland Chancel Choir under the direction of Gerald Peel and accompanied by organ master Bruce Clark and pianist, Danny Williams, will join with the Pipe Band to present additional music. A short concert by the Pipe Band will follow the service in the church courtyard.
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church is at 1505 N. Moore Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37411.
Everyone is welcome. If you wish to participate in the Calling of the Clans and the Blessing of the Tartans, bring something in your family tartan.
Call the church office for more information at 423 698-2556 or check www.firstcumberland.com for more information.