The Scottish Saint Andrew’s Society of Springfield will host the Kirkin’ of the Tartans on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 515 E. Division St., Springfield. The service will begin at 7.00 pm and will last approximately one hour.
The Kirkin’ Service is a traditional Scottish-American church parade (Kirk is the Scottish word for church) to honour Scottish heritage and the feast day of St. Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, on November 30. The service will also recognize the Scottish roots of the Episcopal Church.
The Kirkin’ service began during the Second World War, when Rev. Peter Marshall of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church held services entitled “the Kirkin’ of the Tartan” to raise funds for British war relief. The service includes traditional Scottish prayers and hymns, kilts & tartan, bagpipes, and other aspects of Scottish culture. Scottish attire is encouraged, but not required. An offering will be collected for Joplin tornado relief, in keeping with the spirit of the original Kirkin’.
After the service, there will be a reception in the parish hall with traditional Scottish food.
The event is free and open to the public – all are welcome, regardless of heritage – you do not have to be Scottish to attend!
For more information, please contact Todd Wilkinson at 417 890 5653, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.