Scottish Reformation Sunday
Scottish Sunday is observed each year on the first Sunday in May. Local and state elected officials are invited to attend and are recognized in the service prior to the “Blessing Prayer for Public Officials.” the worship service for the day follows the service from the “Old Scottish Prayer Book” used by John Knox. The service includes a Procession led by the bagpipes and drums, the choir, clergy, and honored guests.
Sometimes called the “Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan,” this Scottish service began in America in 1941 and was led by the late Dr. Peter Marshall, a Scottish-born Chaplain of the United States Senate and former pastor of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. This day celebrates both Americans of Scottish descent and the beginning of the Scottish Reformation and the Presbyterian Church by John Knox in 1559.
Ath-Half Pre-Race Worship
Since 2010 First Presbyterian has offered an informal worship service at 6:30 a.m. the morning of Athens’ annual October half marathon. Runners, volunteers, and supporters gather in the Fellowship Hall for singing, prayer, and inspiration before the big event. All are welcome, and athletic/casual dress is the order of the day. The service is over by 7 o’clock so there’s plenty of time to get to the race which starts just two blocks away. FPC also provides volunteers to staff a water station along the route.
Older Adult Sunday
Every September, we devote a service to remember, honor, and celebrate older adults and their service to First Presbyterian Church.