There are some events which we organise regularly, and others on a once off basis.
We post details of upcoming events on our Facebook page.
Some regular events are shown below:
This takes place in January during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and follows the Order of Service used worldwide, but adapted for our town. It is hosted by a different congregation each year with that church leading the Service and providing the music. Usually the speaker is from another of our congregations, although we have on occasion had a visiting preacher. Individuals representing all of our congregations take part, and our Parabalos Drama Group usually enriches the theme of our Service with a pertinent drama.
In recent years our hosts and preachers have been:
2016 – St Peters – Ven Edgar Swann [former Greystones Rector].
2015 – Cornerstone Church – Fr John Moses Jatau [Holy Redeemer].
2014 – St Fergal’s – Rev Clodagh Yambasu [Methodist].
2013 – ChristChurch – Fr Joseph Whelan [Queen of Peace].
2012 – St Peter’s – Rev William Olhausen [Ballybrack].
2011 – Mountain View Community Church – Fr Kieran O’Mahony [Orlagh].
2010 – Queen of Peace. 2009 – St Andrew’s Presbyterian.
On Good Friday the annual ecumenical Stations of the Cross starts in Queen of Peace church at 10.00am. From there we proceed up the Vevay Road to the Southern Cross roundabout, and then climb up Bray Head to conclude our prayers around the cross on the top of the headland.
We are often asked about the Bray Head cross – it was erected to mark the Holy Year of 1950.
Members from different worshipping communities lead the prayers at the various Stations.
It is important to wear suitable footwear for the climb, and outdoor gear for the weather, as it is very exposed at the summit.
On Easter Sunday we hold our annual Dawn Service on Bray Head, usually at 6.30am. We gather on the flat area just below the Raheen Park carpark. There is always a large number at this Service, and it is well worth the early start! We share a short Liturgy together, during which we pray for our town from our vantage point on the side of the headland, and a leader from one of our churches shares a short Easter reflection.
The Dawn Service is usually followed by Breakfast hosted by one of our congregations – a great opportunity to warm up and enjoy fellowship together.
SUMMER DAY TRIP:
This is a day-long trip on a Saturday during the summer months, approximately annually. We make an early start, travelling by coach, and incorporating a stop for elevenses, at least one interesting spiritual and cultural destination, a short ecumenical prayer service, time for shopping, and finishing with a 4-course dinner, before heading home tired but happy. It’s a great opportunity to get to know people from other congregations.
It’s good value as everything is included in the price – bar the shopping!
Some walking is necessary as it is often not possible for our coaches to gain access directly to our destinations.
Details are not yet confirmed for 2016, but we may visit the recently refurbished St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, with a stop at Mullingar Voices Together along the way.
In previous years we have visited:
2014 – the Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, Newry & the Mourne Mountains.
2013 – St Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy, the National Heritage Park & Wexford.
2012 – Holycross Abbey, Farney Castle & the Rock of Cashel.
2011 – Dromantine Retreat Centre & St Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick.
2010 – Kilkenny City & St Canice’s Cathedral.
2009 – Glenstal Abbey & Killaloe’s St Fannin’s Cathedral.
Organised approximately biennially. For many years this took place in the Ambulatory of Holy Redeemer and more recently was hosted by:
2015 – Cornerstone Church.
2013 – Christ Church.
2012 – St Andrew’s Presbyterian.
2010 – Mountain View Community Church.
OTHER ONCE OFF EVENTS:
Over the years, we have held many varied events, including more recently:
Exchange of Greetings – on a given Sunday, each congregation has sent one or more representatives to another church to bring greetings from their people.
Women’s Breakfasts – approximately annually each autumn from 2002 to 2012 until it was felt that they had run their course.
Alpha – many Courses were organised from at least 2004 to 2010 until this was taken up by individual churches. More recently our team ran another Alpha in 2016.
Parabalos Drama Group Workshop, 2011.
Candlelit Vespers – in the Monastic City, 2011.
Journey of Matins – around the Valley, 2008.
Festival of Hope – a major Saturday event in Killruddery Estate, 2011.
Wonder of the coming King – Advent 2011.
Horizons of Hope – 2010.
Wonder – a series of evenings, 2011.
Church Music of Lent – an evening with Tim Thurston of Lyric FM, 2011.
Lenten evenings, 2010.
Lenten Day of Prayer & Reflection at the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght, 2009.
An evening with the Coptic Church to pray for their persecuted countrymen, 2010.
A series of visits to our different worshipping communities at which each shared some distinctives and a sample of their style of music or service.
This culminated in a Celebration of Song to which each community brought some of their own style in November 2009.
This series was one of our most popular initiatives ever.
World Day of Prayer – run by a committee of ladies annually in January, and loosely linked to Bray Churches Together.