Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fourth Annual John Galt Sunday Kirking Service

GUELPH, Ontario July 28, 2011 - IN CELEBRATION OF JOHN GALT DAY, the Old Stone Churches, the Guelph Historical Society, and the City of Guelph are hosting the Fourth Annual John Galt Sunday Kirking.

Civic leaders from many faiths, cultures and volunteer organizations will be “kirked” to Norfolk Street United Church. A “Kirking” is a Scottish ceremonial parade of dignitaries led by a piper as a prelude to a civic church service. This service recognizes the public service of local leaders, expresses hope for their wisdom, and shows appreciation for their dedication to the local community. This ceremony was practised in John Galt’s Irvine, Scotland at the time of Guelph’s founding in 1827.

JOIN IN THE FELLOWSHIP as Rev. Miller and the Norfolk Street United Church congregation celebrate the 175th Anniversary of their church. A garden reception will follow the ecumenical service.

PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME TO WEAR TARTAN. For the first time, we will have a “Kirking of the Tartan” so get out your kilts and sashes and have your tartan blessed. Invited guests will gather at Knox Presbyterian Church at 9:50 a.m. to follow the piper to Norfolk Street United Church. Please use the Chapel Lane entrance at Knox. Parking is available in the Baker Street Lot or on the street.

ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO DONATE non-perishable food items. Items collected for the annual John Galt Food Drive will be distributed to Sister Christine’s Welcome In Drop-in Centre and the Chalmers Community Services Centre. Both charities are supported by the ecumenical group known as CORE (Guelph Churches’ Outreach). The need for donations is great during the summer months.

John Galt Day Sunday Celebration

Sunday, July 31, 2011

10:30 a.m.

Norfolk Street United Church

75 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Please help make this a memorable and successful event.


Betty-Lou Clark
Libby Walker

Guelph Historical Society