Easter Dawn Presbyterian Services: Complete List of Times and Locations

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Ahead of Easter Sunday, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has compiled a list of more than 40 places in its 19 presbyteries where services are held which have been organized by local congregations or gatherings involving Presbyterian churches and other in the local community.

The first of the services begins at 6 a.m., the others following at 6:15 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Depending on the time, each service will vary in length and will involve praise, prayers, scripture readings and a short talk. Some even offer a cooked breakfast afterwards.

Presbyterian Moderator Reverend Dr David Bruce said: “As we come together on Easter Sunday to declare this singular truth: ‘Christ is risen! He really came back to life !

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An Easter Sunday dawn service will be held at Scrabo Tower, Newtownards, at 6.30am.

“We affirm that Jesus was resurrected bodily, physically in reality, historically and truly. He was resurrected in a way that defied the laws of biology, chemistry and physics and because of what happened on that day nearly 2,000 years ago, the world is no longer the same and can never be again.

“Easter explains that God pushes back the frontiers of evil and death. The story of death on Good Friday gave way to the story of new life on Easter Sunday. We live, then die – but Christ died, then lived.

Here is the full list of dawn services for the Presbyterian Church of Ireland on Easter Sunday morning:

06:00: Parking on Seacliff Road before Ballyholme Yacht Club

6:00 a.m.: Ballywalter Beach

6:10 a.m.: Helen’s Bay Beach

6:15 a.m.: The community garden on Ballywalter Road

6:15 a.m.: Parking lot next to Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee

6:30am: Ballyholme Beach at Ballymcconnell Road car park

6:30 a.m.: The Cross in front of the Presbyterian Church of Conlig

6:30 a.m.: Scrabo Tower, Newtownards

7:00 a.m.: Parking lot, West Church, Bangor

7:00 a.m.: The beach car park, Cloughey

6:00 a.m.: On the hill near the South Lake Recreation Center, hosted by Portadown Churches Together

07:00: Playground, Killylea, organized by the Presbyterian Churches of Kanppagh and Lislooley (breakfast afterwards in the concert hall, village of Killylea)

6:30 am: Portglenone Forest Park

06:00: Belvoir Forest Park – hosted by Ravenhill Presbyterian Church

6:00 am: Belfast Zoo, Bellvue – hosted by Glengormley Presbyterian Church and other local churches

6:45am: Carnmoney Presbyterian Church – meet in the church car park followed by a short prayer service on Carmoney Hill

7:00 a.m.: The Green, Dunmurry – in the center of the village opposite the James Brown Funeral Director – organized by Dunmurry Churches Together

6.30am: Bankheads, Town Park, Larne, hosted by First Larne, Gardenmore and Craigy Hill Presbyterian Churches. (Breakfast afterwards in the First Larne rooms)

7:00am: Ballygally to the slipway, hosted by Caincastle Presbyterian Church

Coleraine & Limavady Presbytery

6:00 am: Portstewart Joint Sevice on the hill above the harbor (breakfast afterwards at Portstewart Presbyterian Church)

6.00am: Ramore Head (followed by light breakfast in Ballywillan Parish Hall)

7:00 am: In the car park next to the Aghadowey Presbyterian Church on Ardreagh Road. (Breakfast then follows in the lobby in aid of their work in Romania)

Derry and Donegal Rectory

6:30am: Magheramason, Dunalong Road (directions from town) – pass Magheramason petrol station, turn right onto Dunlong and continue for approx. 1 thousand. Turn at the crossroads to the edge of the river. (Breakfast served afterwards in the parish hall of Magheramason)

6:00 am: Island Hill – a united service with other churches in the town of Comber

6:30 a.m.: At Legacurry Presbyterian Church

7:00 a.m.: Large field at Hillsborough Forest Park

7:00 am: At ‘The Mound’ Dromore

7.00m: Belshaw Quarry, Lisburn

Dublin and Munster Rectory

06:00: At South Beach, Arklow

6:20 a.m.: Club House Parking Lot, Hermitage Golf Club, Lucan, hosted by Lucan Presbyterian Church with other churches in the city

06:00: Spelga Dam parking lot, Morne Mountains, with (breakfast at Clonduff Presbyterian Church)

07:00: Monaghan Collegiate School, Corlatt, Monaghan, hosted by Monaghan Churches Together (with cooked breakfast afterwards)

7:00 a.m.: Ballybay City Park

7:00 am: Haltons Park (followed by breakfast)

6:00 am: Cloughmore Stone, Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor

06:00: Slieveglass Wind Farm, Bolaght Mountain, Castlederg

6:30 a.m.: Old Bridge Road (off the A5 north of Newtownstewart)

6:30am: Slieve Gallion, Tullynagee Road, Magherafelt, BT45 7SA

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