Superheroes will be flying into the city next month when Lisburn Cathedral takes on a comic book theme to mark Holy Week this year.
Renowned for their creative ways of marking Christian events throughout the year, Lisburn Cathedral will be holding a number of events both in the church and throughout the city centre in the run up to Easter, from March 23 until March 26.
Lisburn Cathedral will also be bringing the Easter story to life by building a ‘Garden of Gethsemane’ inside the church.
Complete with a water feature, the Cathedral hopes that members of the public will spend time reflecting in the recreated garden where Jesus spent his time praying before he was arrested.
The Curate of Lisburn Cathedral, Simon Genoe explained that the aim was to encourage people to look at the Easter story from a different perspective.
“About 150 people from the Cathedral will be donning high visibility vests to demonstrate faith through community events and practical service.” he explained. “In the city centre, this will include litter picking, photo booth, a football cage and much more, and in Hillhall will involve a pampering zone, a children’s club and gardening.
“However, one of the things we’re most excited about is Superhero World open 12-4pm daily. This involves our 350 year old Cathedral being transformed into an interactive, fun superhero exhibition. People of all ages can visit free of charge and enjoy the crafts, exhibits and games that communicate the Easter story through the genre of Superheroes. There is even a stunning indoor garden as part of the exhibition where people can step out of the madness of our busy city centre to reflect and be refreshed.
“Then on Saturday afternoon, from 1-3pm, we will be having a Superhero party, where kids can come along dressed up as there favourite superheroes if they wish, and can even meet our very special (super) guests.
“And on Easter Sunday morning at 11am, we will be having a special Transformers Easter service, when we’ll be having another special guest coming along…
“As part of our publicity for all this, we are running a competition in which children from local primary schools can design their own superhero and these will be displayed as part of the exhibition.
“We are grateful to Toytown in Smyth Patterson for sponsoring prizes and their support.
“So if you see people in high vis come say hello to us, come to Superhero World and come and sit in the Garden - it’s shaping up to be a super Easter.”