Easter Sunday starts early

11.4.2017 | Congregational Life, Church Life, Easter

Once again, this Easter Sunday, 16th April, thousands of Presbyterians will gather in a variety of places across the country to remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although many of these services will take place at the traditional time and place – some, however, do not.

The dawn service on Easter Sunday has become an increasingly popular way of marking Christ’s resurrection, with Easter day having a great significance in the Christian calendar, as well as in individual’s personal faith. So, rising early, many Presbyterians will make their way to church or a specific location, for a special time of worship and fellowship together.

As before many scenic locations have been chosen as places to meet together, with the earliest being at 6am. Weather permitting, services will include praise, prayer, Scripture reading and a short address. In addition, after some services a tasty breakfast is offered to those who come along.

Listed below in their Presbytery areas are some of the services taking place this year:

Ballymena 6.30am Slemish carpark
  6.30am Portglenone Forest
Carrickfergus 6.30am Blackhead carpark, Whitehead
  7.00am Ballygally slipway (from Larne follow the Coast Road towards the North Coast)
  7.00am Bankheads, Town Park BT40 1DU (pedestrian access through Town Park or by car via Bankheads which is just past Drumalis House, off Glenarm Road and opposite Victoria Road)
Coleraine & Limavady 6.30am Harbour Hill, Portstewart
Derry & Donegal 6.30am Magheramason, Dunalong Road to Foyle riverside
  6.15am Nendrum Monastic Site, Mahee Island, Ringneill Road, Comber
  6.30am Killaney carpark, Boardmills
  8.00am The Clarkes, 45a Magherascouse Road, Ballygowan
Dromore 6.30am 12 Cabra Road, Legacurry, BT26 6NB
  6.30am Wallace Park (Band Stand), Lisburn
  7.00am Grounds of First Dromara Church
  7.00am Belshaw’s Quarry, Lisburn
  7.00am Hillsborough Large Park, Fort Field
  7.00am Moira Demense
  7.00am The Mound, Dromore
Dublin & Munster 6.15am Sandymount Strand (opposite the old baths, near the Martello tower)
  Sunrise Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin
  9.00am Dublin Inner City Churches Service at the Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin
East Belfast 6.00am Grounds of St. Philip and St. James Parish Church, Church Road, Holywood
  10.15am Knocknagoney Community Garden, Linear Park
  10.30am Beach Service at Kinnegar beach, Holywood
Iveagh 6.00am Spelga Dam, Newcastle
Monaghan 7.00am First Ballybay (Derryvalley Hall if raining)
  7.00am Drum Lake
Newry 6.00am Cloughmore Stone, Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Omagh 6.00am Bolaght Mountain, Castlederg
  6.30am Old Bridge Road (off the A5 north of Newtownstewart)
  6.30am Knockmany
  7.00am Pigeon Top carpark
Route 6.15am Ballycastle sea front (at the Four Swans)
Templepatrick 6.30am Second Donegore Presbyterian Church, 88 Connor Road, Parkgate, Ballyclare, BT39 0UD
Tyrone 6.15am Slieve Gallion carpark (off A29 Moneymore/Desertmartin Road)


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