Howdy all – and apologies for a longer-than-usual absence from cheery updates… It may be howling a gale and abso-flippin’-lutely baltic outside – but allegedly, Spring is upon us and Easter is just around the corner – so here are the plans for the next couple of days in Dock-World:
A little bit more info about the Passion walk – this is something brand-new for Belfast and sounds like a very powerful way to engage with the Easter story. (And very Dock-esque – those of us who were Dock Walk regulars in the early days can attest to how profound and refreshing it can be to engage with the Bible in the open air, walking and reflecting.)
Here’s the description from the excellent peeps behind the whole enterprise:
The Passion Walk is an invitation to walk the path of Jesus’ Easter journey in the streets of Belfast. Walking a route across the centre of the city with an audio guide, and pausing at certain key locations, you are invited to enter into the events of Jesus’ final hours. As was the case in Jesus’ day, the ongoing life of a busy city becomes the backdrop for the events of the story. The Passion Walk is an invitation to experience the story in a new way, and perhaps see the city in a new light.
Walkers are invited to begin their journey at Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street (behind the Opera House) any time between 10am and 1pm on Friday 3rd April (Good Friday) and Saturday 4th April. Walk at your own pace, alone or with friends. The Walk ends with refreshments and a space for reflection at The Dock Cafe in Titanic Quarter.
You can find out more and sign up for the walk at their website here.
And so Dock Cafe will become Dock With A Difference for those two days – a space where you can reflect on the walk and what it meant to you – while (of course) still enjoying some sumptuous freshly-ground Bailies coffee or gourmet Suki tea!
Then remember that at 6pm on Easter Sunday (5th April) it’s time for our monthly Sunday Nights at The Dock – this month telling stories from the Passion Walk and the 40 Acts movement as well as plenty of time for worship, prayer, coffee, chat and all the usual goodies!
And then the Dock team get a very short break before it’s back to the wonderful madness of Dock life on Tuesday 7th!
Speaking of which – I spent a very moving couple of minutes recently reading the comments in the Dock visitors book (which you are welcome to add to yourself – it’s the big red book on the counter just as you come down the ramp.) How amazing to think that our crazy cosy cafe has had such an impact on so many people (and has even spawned a homework service I see – you kept that quiet Brian!)