On January 31, our church will celebrate our Scottish Heritage with a Kirkin' of the Tartans worship service.
During the service, we will display Scottish tartans, enjoy bagpipe music and call the roll of the LPC clans. The music and sermon will have a Scottish theme.
The wearing of tartans (kilts, scarves, ties, etc.) is highly encouraged!
Kirkin' of the Tartan started in Scotland after the Battle of Culloden in April, 1746 which ended the last Jacobite uprising. The English outlawed having or wearing the tartan. To be found with even an inch of tartan was punished by death.
Each year, word-of-mouth told Clan members when a specific Church worship service would honor their Clans and their connection to their history as a people. A small piece of tartan in a pocket or in the bottom of a shoe would suffice. At a specified time, not ever divulged to any Englander, the Scots would touch that tartan and remember who they were.
After 150 years, the English lifted the ban, but the Kirkin' of the Tartan is carried on in Churches around the world today.