Samson Dancin’

Today I was doing a bit of of work to the Wee Tram at his new home at the back of T13 – so I got a bit of a ringside seat to watch an afternoon of Samson dancin':

CE43rUKWAAAp0obAs well as just being an awesome thing to watch, it’s great to see that Samson and Goliath aren’t just historic monuments on our skyline – they are in regular use and they’re a major part of the series of oil rig repair contracts that are coming to Belfast these days.

IMG_1763The guys up on the oil rig have always waved down at the Wee Tram going past during our test runs (which always gets a massive cheer!) – today it was their turn to distract me from my work!

Meeting up at The Dock (it’s catching on!)

BkP5sMXIIAAyBsb.jpg-largeJames (who as you can see does not look anything like me – time to squash that rumour once and for all) has been doing some work this week on updating the Dock’s calendars and group booking procedures.

You’ll see the results of his labours roll out on the website over the next few weeks, but one thing that really struck me was the list he compiled of all the different events, groups and gatherings which now happen in or around Dock Cafe on a regular basis.

IMG_1750Some are spiritual, some are social, some are small, some are super-sized… but all of them are now part of  the wonderful mixed-up multi-coloured smorgasbord of Life in the Titanic Quarter

So scan your eye down the list that James has put together so far – we’ve probably still forgotten someone – and maybe you’ll find out about something new!  Everything in this list is open to the public (there’s another whole world of procedures for private bookings, but that’s a story for another day!) so if you’d like to be part of any of these events or groups, you’d be more than welcome…

11081126_545331405607334_1225939141925219451_nTitanic Quarter Cycling Club
Every Saturday @ 9am – departing from the Mace beside the cafe
For more info email:
Or check out

DOCK Book Club
One Saturday per month – next meeting on Saturday 6th June @ 3pm
This month’s book is A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale
For more info email:

Writers’ Block at The DOCK
Dock Cafe’s creative writing group meets monthly on Saturday afternoons… bring what ya wrote, and be prepared to share!
For more info email:

Reign in Life
1st Tuesday of each month @ 8pm. Join us for tea and coffee from 7:15pm

IMG_1089A monthly bible study and time to pray with those who need a touch from God physically or emotionally.
For more info email Walter and Molly McCartney:
Or check out

Prayer for Belfast
Every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month @ 8pm
We have begun prayer meetings each Tuesday evening at the Dock Cafe (apart from the first Tuesday of each month which is the monthly Bible teaching and prayer ministry meeting).  You are welcome to join us. It’s an open night to come and go as you please. Feel free to come for half an hour, the full two hours or arrive later if it suits you best.
For more info email:

2013-12-06 13.05.23DOCK Knitting Group – SSK
Friday mornings @ 11:30am
Do you like to knit or crochet? Well why not join us at 11:30am on Friday mornings to sit down relax, sip one of the many lovely beverages on offer at the dock and knit away until your heart’s content.
If you want to find out more email Jo: 

IMG_0325Taize Prayer
The DOCK prayer garden hosts occasional Taize services led by Dock volunteer Lindsay
The next one is on Friday 15th May
6pm – a light meal of soup, bread and traybakes.
7pm – Prayer with the songs of Taize at 7pm.
For more info and up coming dates email:

DOCK Market
Saturdays – check out for dates
10am – 4pm
“If you make it – you can sell it” is the only rule for traders at Dock Market – so there’s nothing mass-produced, just the hand-made creativity of local Belfast entrepreneurs at their best!

Located at the base of the ARC Apartments, between the Odyssey Arena and Titanic Belfast (plentiful parking available at both), the market regularly hosts over 20 stalls featuring everything from gourmet waffles to award-winning burgers to melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes and fresh bakes… and when your appetite is satisfied, you can tempt yourself to something unique from stalls showcasing the very best of Belfast’s art, photography, craft, fashion and loads more.

For more info and dates of the market days coming up email:

IMG_1741Sunday Nights At The DOCK
First Sunday of each month @ 6pm
Sunday Nights are an opportunity to meet The DOCK team, neighbours, supporters and newcomers, to worship, share new insights, celebrate good news and to pray for Belfast and one another.

We meet on the first Sunday of each month from 6pm to approximately 7:30pm, with lots of time to chat and enjoy our extensive range of Suki teas and Dock Blend coffee. Our prayer team is also available to listen and pray.
For more info please email:

Bi Monthly – The next event is on Saturday 16th May @ 7:30pm
Foundations is a bi-monthly event run by the Church of Ireland for 20s & 30s, involving worship, teaching, food & drink and an emphasis on community and fellowship.
For further info and future dates email:
Or check out:

Tim Doak Photography Workshops
Saturday sessions available at a mutually suitable time.
One to One DSLR Photo Workshop. A half day workshop learning how to get the most from your DSLR camera focusing on Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Composition.
For further info email:
Or check out

10258327_975068425842630_1244296354357430622_nThe DOCK Prayer Team
Fridays 3pm – 5pm and Saturdays 11am – 2pm.
Our Prayer Team is now available in The DOCK Prayer Garden.
Please feel free to call in during the above times to talk with and receive prayer from our Prayer Team.
For more info please email: or pop into the cafe.




Tell It In Colour

Sunday Nights at The Dock – 6pm – Sunday 3rd May – it’s fantastic to welcome Judith Hill to our Sunday evening get-together

jh20131123mIt’s her off of the telly!  Judith’s day job at UTV  is to report on all sorts of news stories, whether good, bad or indifferent… Let’s face it, the stuff that reaches the TV news is usually the bad news (or, at this precise moment, “A lady is having a baby. She has not had the baby yet.  The baby is coming soon.  When will the baby come?  She will have the baby any minute now.  Oh! She has now had the baby.”) – which is what gave Jude the dsc_0921passion to seek out and share some inspiring, positive and hopeful stories coming out of Belfast.

That passion became Tell It In Colour, which became a website, which became a movement, which became an ethos – groups of people committed to keeping their eyes open for the good news stories, and then re-telling and sharing those stories when they find them.

SN-a1So Jude is sharing her story with us at Sunday Nights at The Dock, this Sunday (3rd May) at 6pm at Dock Cafe.  As always there will be coffee, conversation, worship, welcome, space to be still and space to be inspired.  And a fresh reminder that there are stories about Belfast full of colour, and life, and hope – and we need to get better at telling them!