Four Corners Festival aims to inspire Belfast

Friday January 11th 2013

The Four Corners Festival, which seeks to inspire people from across the city to transform it for the peace and prosperity of all, takes place during January.

A range of events are scheduled around the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. These are designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ of the city and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives, new ideas, new friends.

Events include:

‘The Pacifist Paperboy from West Belfast’ – Tony Macaulay Book Reading
Thursday 10 January, 7.30 pm, Ballygomartin Presbyterian Church

‘The History of the Book of Kells’ – Dr Angela Griffith, Trinity College Dublin
Thursday 17 January, 7.00 pm, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
Dr Angela Griffith from Trinity College Dublin will be taking a lecture on the history of the Book of Kells.

Cross Community Prayer Breakfast
Friday 18 January, Clonard Monastery
Invited guests from across Belfast will converge on Clonard Monastery for the first “Four Corners Festival” Prayer Breakfast. Invited guests only.

The Gospel According To … Christy Moore
Friday 18 January, 8 pm, Clonard Monastery
The musicians at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church have been doing a series of Gospel According To… events for a few years.

Architectural Tour of Skainos (East Belfast) and St Oliver Plunkett Church (West Belfast)
Saturday 19 January, 2.00 pm–5 pm

Seminar on the Agreed Statement on Justification
Thursday 24 January, 7.30 pm– 9.00 pm, St Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street
Speakers: Mrs Gillian Kingston (Methodist), Rev Tony Davidson (Presbyterian), Sister Geraldine Smyth OP (Roman Catholic). Chairman: Very Reverend John Mann, Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral

4 Corners Prayer and Worship – Festival Closing Event
Saturday 26 January, 11.30 am – Various Locations

This event will take the form of four prayer and worship events in each of the four corners of Belfast – North, South, East and West. They are:
North – Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church, Antrim Road
East – St Dorothea’s Church of Ireland, Gilnahirk
West – St Oliver Plunket Roman Catholic, Lenadoon
South – Belfast South Methodist Church, Lisburn Road

Each minister in each area organises the worship/prayer event for their Church, drawing in as many Churches from that section of the city as are interested in participating. The worship should start at 11.30am, lasting within an hour.

People should then make their way to “The Dock” Church and Cafe in the Titanic Quarter, where a light lunch will be served and the Ministers and people of “The Dock” Church will then organise a larger worship event uniting all four corners of Belfast and all the Christian community of Belfast.

Participants first surround and embrace the city in prayer in each of the four corners, and then travel to the heart of the city to put prayer at the heart. The Titanic Quarter was chosen because it was once an industrial heartland of Belfast and is now being redeveloped with the new focus is on building community and education.

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