2022 Easter Dawn Services

12.4.2022 | Church Life, Easter, Presbytery News

This Sunday many Presbyterians will come together at daybreak, across various outdoor locations, to carry on a tradition that goes back many generations, as they gather to celebrate and worship the risen Lord Jesus, as Easter Sunday dawns.

Ahead of Easter Sunday, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has compiled a list of upwards of 40 venues where services are taking place that have been organised by local congregations, or gatherings involving Presbyterian churches and others in the local community.

The earliest services begin at 6am, with others following at 6.15, 6.30, and 7am. Depending on the weather, each service will vary in length and involve praise, prayer, scripture reading and a short address. Some even offer a tasty breakfast afterwards.

Presbyterian Moderator, Right Reverend Dr David Bruce said, “When we come together on Easter Sunday, to declare this singular truth: ‘Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!’ we affirm that Jesus is risen bodily, physically actually, historically and truly. He is risen in a way that defies the laws of biology, chemistry and physics and because of what happened that day, nearly 2000 years ago, the world is not the same and never can be again.

As I wrote in my Easter Message, ‘Easter explains that God pushes back the frontiers of evil and death. Good Friday’s story of death gave way to Easter Sunday’s story of new life. We live, and then die – but Christ died, and then lived.

“‘This reversal of the natural order which Christians celebrate with their call and response: “Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!” describes much more than just a remarkable moment in history. We see a glimpse of the world working in a wholly different way…’ In fact we see the dawning of audacious hope.”

2022 Easter Dawn Services

Presbytery Time Location
Ards 6.00am Car park on Seacliff Road before Ballyholme Yacht Club
  6.00am Ballywalter Beach
  6.10am Helen's Bay Beach
  6.15am The Community Garden on Ballywalter Road
  6.15am Car park beside Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee
  6.30am Ballyholme Beach at Ballymcconnell Road car park
  6.30am The Cross outside Conlig Presbyterian Church
  6.30am Scrabo Tower, Newtownards
  7.00am Car park, West Church, Bangor
  7.00am The beach car park, Cloughey
Armagh 6.00am On the hillside by South Lake Leisure Centre, organised by Portadown Churches Together
  7.00am Play park, Killylea, organised by Kanppagh & Lislooley Presbyterian Churches (breakfast afterwards in the band hall, Killylea village)
Ballymena 6.30am Slemish carpark
  6.30am Portglenone Forest Park
East Belfast 6.00am Belvoir Forest Park - hosted by Ravenhill Presbyterian Church
North Belfast 6.00am Belfast Zoo, Bellvue - organised by Glengormley Presbyterian Church and other local churches
  6.45am Carnmoney Presbyterian Church - meet in church car park followed by a short prayer service on Carmoney Hill
South Belfast


The Green, Dunmurry - in the centre of the village opposite James Brown funeral directors - organised by Dunmurry Churches Together
Carrickfergus 6.30am Bankheads, Town Park, Larne, hosted by First Larne, Gardenmore and Craigy Hill Presbyterian Churches. (Breakfast afterwards in First Larne halls)
  7.00am Ballygally at the slipway, hosted by Caincastle Presbyterian Church
Coleraine & Limavady 6.00am Portstewart Joint Sevice on the hill above the harbour (breakfast afterwards at Portstewart Presbyterian Church)
  6.00am Ramore Head (followed by a light breakfast in Ballywillan church hall)

In the car park beside Aghadowey Presbyterian Church on Ardreagh Road. (Breakfast follows in the hall afterwards in aid of for their work in Romania)

Derry & Donegal 6.30am Magheramason, Dunalong Road (directions from the city) - pass the service station in Magheramason, turn right on to Dunlong and proceed for approx. 1 mile. Turn at crossroads down to the riverside. (Breakfast served afterwards in Magheramason Church Hall)
Down 6.00am Island Hill - a united Service with other Comber town churches
Dromore 6.30am At Legacurry Presbyterian Church
  7.00am Large Field at Hillsborough Forest Park
  7.00am At 'The Mound' Dromore
  7.00am  Belshaw’s Quarry, Lisburn
Dublin & Munster 6.00am At the South Beach, Arklow
  6.20am Club House car park, Hermitage Golf Club, Lucan, organised by Lucan Presbyterian Church with other churches in the town



Spelga Dam car park, Mountains of Mourne, with (breakfast after in Clonduff Presbyterian Church)

Monaghan 7.00am Monaghan Collegiate School, Corlatt, Monaghan, organised by Monaghan Churches Together (with a cooked breakfast afterwards)
  7.00am Ballybay town park
  7.00am Haltons Park (followed by breakfast)
Newry 6.00am Cloughmore Stone, Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Omagh 6.00am Slieveglass Windfarm, Bolaght Mountain, Castlederg 
  6.30am Old Bridge Road (off the A5 north of Newtownstewart)
  6.30am Knockmany
Tyrone 6.30am Slieve Gallion, Tullynagee Road, Magherafelt, BT45 7SA

Please note that the list has been supplied by individual presbyteries and is accurate at the time of publication.

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