Dockside Devotions bring Bath together

Published 8:16 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018

BATH — Each Tuesday evening, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, a group gathers at Bath’s Bonner Point. Looking out over Bath Creek, and on to the Pamlico, a spirit moves across the waters, and for those assembled, the presence of God is clear.

The Tuesday evening ritual of Dockside Devotions began a decade ago as a way to bring together the Christian community of Bath. An ecumenical event, the devotions bring together the faithful from all denominations. Methodists, Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, devotees of the Christian Church, all gather in one place with one purpose.

“It’s a way to hear a different voice each week and hear what other people think,” said Jim Caton, one of the event’s founders.

With messages delivered each week by both local clergy and lay people, the devotions are brief. Most last no more than 20 minutes. But for those gathered, the time spent on the point is treasured. It is a time to not only offer praise, but to fellowship with friends and neighbors.

“We get to see people we don’t always get to see and meet new people,” Caton said.

“It’s a good time of Christian fellowship.”

Between the idyllic setting, the good company and the hopeful messages, Dockside Devotions offer a time to reflect and be rejuvenated in the midst of the week. Devotions take place at 7 p.m. every Tuesday through August 28. All are welcome to attend.