This Easter, Belfast will host its own ‘Passion Walk,’ an opportunity to journey through the city on foot and reflect on the season. Groups and individuals are invited to take part in the walk on Good Friday, 3 April, or on Easter Saturday, 4 April.
Organisers Joy Gowdy and Rev Jonathan Abernethy-Barkley describe the event this way:
“The Passion Walk is an invitation to walk the Easter journey in the streets of central Belfast. Taking place on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, it is an individual reflective journey with an audio guide, pausing at certain key locations which become the backdrop for aspects of the story. It is an invitation to experience the heart of the Easter story in a new way, and perhaps to see the city in a new light.”
Gowdy participated in a Passion Walk in Edinburgh in 2013, and was inspired to bring the event to her home city. Local Christians from all denominations have supported her in organising the walk, which is “open to anyone who is drawn to this journey, of any church affiliation or none.”
Abernethy-Barkley has also completed the Edinburgh walk and had this to say:
“Belfast this year will be hosting its first ever Passion Walk – exploring our city, the Easter story and how the two connect. The walk will allow you to take time to reflect, enjoy the city’s landscape and ask yourself some challenging questions.”
Walkers begin their journey at Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street (behind the Opera House) between 10am and 1pm on Friday 3rd April or Saturday 4th April. They walk at their own pace, with a map and audio guide, alone or in small groups, and finish with refreshments and a space for further reflection at The Dock Cafe in Titanic Quarter.
You can watch a video trailer for the walk on Passion Walk’s Facebook page. In some ways, the 2 minute video itself could be considered a devotional resource, as it invites reflection tied up with the city’s landscape and people.
Please register in advance HERE, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07879 014344. The organisers can’t guarantee that they will have enough materials for those who don’t register. There is a charge of £5 (£3 unwaged)per person, payable at the start of the Walk, to help cover the costs of materials. The Passion Walk is a non-profit project. See more information on how it all works HERE.
People who did the Passion Walk in Edinburgh said:
“A wonderful, moving experience from start to finish.”
“Relating the story to the city where I live has made the reality of the story come alive.”
“It hallowed my city. I felt like I was following in the footsteps of Jesus who had come to Edinburgh.”
The Passion Walk is supported by Contemporary Christianity.