Mills River Presbyterian Church hosts “Kirkin O’ the Tartans” worship service on Oct. 28

Photo courtesy of Mills River Presbyterian Church

Press release from Mills River Presbyterian Church:

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, Mills River Presbyterian Church will host its third annual “Kirkin O’ the Tartans” during the church’s 11:00am morning worship service. Visitors are encouraged to attend this celebration of Scottish traditions.

Bagpiper Joe Bailey will lead the procession of tartans at the service. Throughout the worship service Bailey will play traditional Scottish tunes.  The hymns will be from the Celtic heritage.

The Kirkin’ celebration at the church will feature banners that include families in the church plus a selection of Celtic music and other Scottish traditions. Immediately following the service Scottish cookies and tea will be served in Fellowship Hall.

“This service is being held on the Sunday closest to All Saints Day, when we remember and honor those who have gone before us, especially during the past year,” says Randall Boggs, pastor of Mills River Presbyterian Church.  “The Kirkin’ celebrates families by parading and blessing the banners, or tartans, that represent clans.”

People who claim Scottish descent are invited to wear their clan’s tartans.

“In Europe the Kirkin’ hearkens back to a time when clans strongly identified with their specific tartans and would bring them to church for blessing,” says Boggs. “Over the years churches have adapted the service to reflect on all our ancestors and honor their memory.”

Mills River Presbyterian Church is located at 10 Presbyterian Church Road (off of School House Road) in Mills River. For more information, call 828-891-7101 or visit

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