The Nightlight ministry works around the constantly expanding entertainment areas of Belfast including the Golden Mile, the Cathedral Quarter and the Odyssey complex.
Nightlight endeavours to make clear Christ's message, both as an invitation to those who are, as yet, outside God's Kingdom, as well as a challenge to those who are within.
In 1989 the Presbytery of Belfast South directed the Rev. Bill Moore, Minister of Taughmonagh congregation, to undertake a pilot scheme, leading a group onto the streets in the early hours of the morning.
In 1991 this pilot project came to an end, not because there was no mission there, but rather because there was too much work for someone already committed to Parish ministry. The South Belfast Presbytery recommended to the General Assembly that the night ministry project become a recognised part of the Presbyterian Church's outreach in the area. In 1995 a full-time Director, Mr. John Luke, was appointed and in December 2012 he retired. Nightlight now employs two full-time personnel, Brian Simons and Linzie Cobain.
Since September 1995, a small group of volunteer team members have been "on the streets" from 11pm to 3am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
If you would like more information about the work of Nightlight, how to support the project or how to become a volunteer team member, please contact:
13 Botanic Avenue
Phone: +44(0)28 9033 2777
Copies of their quarterly newsletter Nightlines can be found here.