Kirkin' of the Tartans at Banner Elk Presbyterian

From left is bagpiper Jon Shell, with Deka Tate (pictured center, carrying the Celtic cross), and William Cocke (pictured right, bearing the Holy Scriptures) at a previous “Kirkin’ of the Tartans” service at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church. The ‘‘Kirkin’ of the Tartans” is an annual celebration that invites all Christians, whether of Scottish heritage or not, to present their faith and heritage for dedication, rededication and God’s blessing. This year’s service is on June 30.

BANNER ELK — Beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, Banner Elk Presbyterian Church will gather for the 16th annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans Service, and the church would like to extend an invitation to everyone to participate.

“Kirk” is Scottish for church and on this day the church will celebrate its Scottish heritage by participating in a Scottish-American tradition.

There will be a piper and the tartans of various Scottish clans will be presented.

The Scottish heritage of the Presbyterian Church can be traced to three great clergymen, namely, John Knox, Andrew Melvile and Francis MacKemie.

In addition to inviting all in the surrounding community to attend this exciting service, if you are interested in participating by carrying a tartan banner at the service, then call the church office at (828) 898-5406 (or fax (828) 898-7615) and give them your name, phone number, the name of your tartan and whether you have your tartan or want the church to provide it, as it has access to many tartans.

As there may be a walkthrough rehearsal on the day of service, call the church for details.

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