"But as a church, it's our homeland."
Scott Wallace, of Charleston, is in a far different position: he comes from a Scottish background and has a series of kilts made from the Wallace tartan that fit him at different times in his life.
Now, his 6-year-old twin sons are making their own way through those kilts as they grow (his mother, the twins' grandmother, has taken on the task of making duplicate kilts so each twin can have one). The twins have been in kilts since they were a year old.
"And we just happen to have a lot of tartan around," he said. "So you see a lot of the Wallace tartan around here."
The twins wore the traditional Wallace tartan's red, black and tan plaid, while their father wore the Wallace hunting tartan, which is green. The Wallaces have been having these tartans blessed at Kanawha United Presbyterian since the kirkin' o' the tartan custom began there.
Other staples for the service include traditional song and dance and a procession with bagpipes, Scottish swords and the flag of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
Usually, this procession takes a couple turns around the block before making its way into the church. But this year, Sunday's rain kept the procession indoors in, as Lyles pointed out, a fitting way.
"Yeah, we have some real authentic Scottish weather out there," he said.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4872.