Do we know it’s Christmas time at all?

Christmas can officially start now – here are the pictures from last Thursday night to prove it…

We started off by candlelight in Dock Cafe – amazing to hear a packed crowd of local residents, students, businesspeople, Dock volunteers and visitors belting out some favourite Christmas carols

Then we ventured out into the softly falling snow (yes actually, how’s that for timing!) as Santa proved once and for all that he don’t need no chimney:

Then Santa and the elves led us across the bridge to SS Nomadic…
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Where our wonderful neighbours were waiting with hot drinks and mince pies (as well as a specially-made grotto for the star guest)

And finally we all made our way to Dock Market to eat, drink and Christmas shop amongst the wafting scents of sizzling burgers, waffles, cupcakes and freshly-cut Christmas trees…

Now THAT’S a Titanic Christmas!

Massive thanks to all who made it such a special night… these Titanic Christmases keep getting bigger and better every year.  I can’t think of a nicer community to share in the fun of bringing some Christmas spirit…

Today and tomorrow

Today at Dock Cafe…
Cosy on a dark winter’s day… exhausted shoppers restoring their bodies and souls with coffee and conversation… families gathering around board games… a bridal shower filling the room with laughter and joy… just down the road Dock Market sizzling with freshly-cooked burgers, hot dogs and waffles…


And Christmas arrived… Under Sally’s creative supervision the cafe was gradually filled with hand-made decorations, stars, snowflakes, bathed in the unbeatable scent of a proper real Christmas tree:

Every customer was invited to cut out their own snowflake while they sipped their coffee – resulting in a Christmas window display that’s personal,  hand-made and unique – perfectly Dock!
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Tomorrow at Dock Cafe…
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Cosy on a dark winter’s evening… gather at 6pm for Sunday Nights at The Dock – worship, prayer and good news stories with the team from The Dock

And while the service is over by 7:15(ish), you don’t have to rush away… you don’t even have to leave after you’ve enjoyed some coffee and Suki tea and fresh baked goodies… because Dock Cafe is open for 24-7 Prayer from Sunday evening until 9am on Tuesday morning.

11840045176_46a68a717f_zThe cafe will be filled with creative prayer stations so you can use lots of different senses, styles and subjects when you spend a bit of time with God.  You won’t have to do anything weird or uncomfortable or pray out loud.  You can call in at any time (and I mean any time – we’ve got two overnights to get through!) between the Sunday night service and 9am on Tuesday morning.  If you’d like to pick one particular slot, you can check in here or sign up at the service.

This is what it looked like when 24-7 swept through The Dock at the beginning of 2014 – what an exciting opportunity to (nearly) end the year the way we began:

Docky Dates for your December Diary

B0y2PxWIYAAPaGXHow can it be December already?  Ignoring the rising panic that nothing is ready for Christmas yet, let us proceed to mark off some dates in the diary which will help with shopping, praying, celebrating and generally Christmasifising the next few weeks:

First up – shopping – have you marked the DOCK Market dates (Saturdays 6th, 13th and 20th Dec 11am-4pm; Thursdays 11th and 18th Dec 6-9pm) into your diary yet?  Remember, if you don’t find something for everyone on your list amongst our (booked-out!) range of market stalls, your cuppa is on the house!
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B2A7cgTCMAEYiKg(There will also be Christmas markets during the festive flicks at the pop-up cinema in the pop-up market – extra seats have now been made available so Christmas Vacation, Die Hard and Muppet Christmas Carol are still up for grabs!)

Then – praying.  Because it’s VITAL to find spaces to pause, pray, ponder and prepare ourselves for something a bit deeper than a headlong dash to a turkey dinner.

11840045176_46a68a717f_zAnd so it’s perfect timing that the 24-7 Prayer baton, which started its year-long journey in DOCK Cafe at the stroke of midnight at the start of 2014, is returning for two days (and nights, hardcore) from 3:30pm on Sunday 7th December until 9am on Tuesday 9th December.

 

11839270965_b3f97bd93c_zTalk to anyone who called in for an hour or two during our 24-7 Prayer days at the start of the year and you’ll hear just how profound and peaceful those times of quiet in Dock Cafe were.  During the overnight stints the whole cafe will be turned into a series of interactive stations to prompt and inspire different types of prayer (and during the day when the cafe is open these will be concentrated in the Prayer Garden).  Sign up NOW on the timetable here before December gets too busy!

SN-a1Also on Sunday 7th December at 6pm we’ll be gathering in Dock Cafe for our last Sunday night service of 2014 – a chance to worship together and give thanks for an amazing year of growth and life in the Titanic Quarter.  (There may also be some hot punch and Christmas Carols).

And speaking of Christmas Carols, the next date for your diary is a biggie: Thursday 11th December at 5pm for the Dock’s now-traditional Christmas bash, A Titanic Christmas, which started four years ago as a handful of freezing people gathering around a brazier to meet their brand-new neighbours and drink mulled wine, and has grown over the years to incorporate flying Santas, candlelit carols, Christmas markets, nom-noms on Nomadic and more Christmassiness than you can shake a stick at:

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Plus… watch out for the newly-decorated DOCK Cafe and DOCK Picnic after this weekend, a new and classy Christmas playlist (NO Slade or Band-Aid), hot punch on the menu, and much more…

Impossible to feel Bah Humbug in the middle of that lot!