To see our Service from 2023,you can view it on our Sermons Page HERE. An informative slideshow history of Scottish Heritage and influence on the “Kirk” begins before the actual service. /The service starts at 6:00 minute mark. (February 19, 2023.)
SCOTTISH HERITAGE SUNDAY
Once a year, in February, The Presbyterian Church (USA) celebrates its historic roots in the Church of Scotland. St. Giles kicks off the celebration of that heritage with Scottish Heritage Sunday leading to the NE Florida Highland Games, which finishes up the celebration the following week-end.
The service itself kicks off with the First Coast Highlanders marching into the church with bagpipes and drums. The church’s walls are covered in colorful clan tartans; and everyone attending is “Scottish for one day”, wearing their brightly colored tartans; many dressed in full Scottish attire, with kilts, actually known as “the whole kit and caboodle”. The service concludes with the “Kirkin’ of the Tartan”, a service where everyone is invited to bring their family tartans to be blessed. “Kirk” is the Scottish word for church. The Kirkin’ of the Tartans is therefore, a presentation of a Scottish family’s symbol, it’s tartan, at church for blessing.
After the service, everyone is invited to the fellowship hall to share special Scottish dishes which include scones, fresh biscuits and homemade jams and jellies, shortbread and Scottish meat pies, among other sweet and savory delights. Please join us!
THE LAST SUPPER - DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
The Dramatic Presentation is a play entitled “This Do In Remembrance of Me” by Carol Dulmes. The presentation begins with the preparations of the “Last Supper” table as Jesus enters the room and “re-enacts” the dialog between Jesus and His disciples.
St. Giles first performed the presentation in 2017, when Pastor Diane Wilson brought her experience with the play to St. Giles and oversaw the Re-enactment during her service as Interim Pastor. Diane now leads the First Presbyterian Church of Starke, and it is our pleasure to work with her and her church to continue this tradition at St. Giles as a joint venture between the two churches. We are happy to be able to offer this special presentation to both communities (and all surrounding areas).
It is an awe inspiring and heartfelt presentation with beautiful music. Open communion is served during the presentation.
The presentation is followed by some light refreshments in the Fellowship Hall, where you can meet the actors and enjoy fellowship with one another.
Presentations are at 7 pm on Maundy Thursday at St. Giles and Good Friday in Starke.
To view the Military Appreciation Day Service, visit our Sermon Archives Page HERE (November 5, 2023). There is a moving tribute to veterans before the service you might like to view consisting of a short movie and slideshow; the service itself starts at the 9:25 minute mark.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
The Sunday Before Veteran's Day
Please join us the Sunday before Veteran’s Day to honor our Veterans and their families. The service features the recognition of all branches of the service, as veterans are asked to stand for their songs following the National Athem. One of our own veterans will lead this important service. A slideshow of service related information and historical pictures begins about 10 minutes before our Sunday service starts. Following our military inspired church service, there will be historical displays of significant military events and military music in the Fellowship Hall. The congregation is happy to provide a pot-luck lunch for all those wishing to join us in fellowship. We invite you to:
- Experience their Battle
- Honor their Sacrifice
- Relive their History
- Salute their Heroism
BRING IN YOUR PICTURES AND MILITARY MEMORABILIA! We will have flags from all 6 branches of the military as well as a large American Flag if you want a commemorative picture. We also invite you to share any pictures of any veterans you would like to honor or any memorabilia for our display tables.
The Christmas Cantata features inspirational music of the Christmas season and the celebration of the birth of our Savior. The music tells the Christmas story featuring all the music groups at St. Giles – our Choir, the Praise and Worship Band with accompaniment and solos by the Bell Choir. Songs also include solos by our talented choir members. Come look and listen to the Christmas story by celebrating it in song with us.