A beloved tradition at Doylestown Presbyterian Church celebrates its 50th anniversary as the community gathers for Scottish Communion on Sunday, July 17.
All are invited to join in this “unique and stirring” worship service focused on culture, faith and history which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, 127 E. Court St., Doylestown, and via livestream at dtownpc.org.
“Pipers in traditional Scottish garb will help transport us into the past as we offer praise to God and pay respect to our denomination’s roots across the ocean,” the church said via email.
Following the service, there will be shortbread, beverages and conversation in the churchyard.
Each year, an elementary-aged child takes the role of Scripture Bearer during a procession down the center aisle. And in observance of this 50th occurrence of Scottish Communion, efforts have been made to invite each of those previous bearers – most now grown – to attend on this special day.
This acknowledgment was the idea of lifelong Doylestown Presbyterian Church member Naomi Darville, whose parents were instrumental in planning and implementing the first Scottish Communion five decades ago – and worked with love and passion to keep the tradition alive.
“It’s been nice to even see people who are not members of our congregation attend over the years,” she said. “Some people in town just enjoy this particular service so they will come.”
As Darville points out – you don’t have to be Scottish, or have any connection to the church, to enjoy this day.