Although Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for many people, it can be a very difficult time for others. The darkness of the longest night of the year reflects the dark feelings of many people due to grief over losing a loved one, suffering from a major illness, facing life after a divorce or separation, coping with loss of a job, or other emotional trauma.
First United Methodist Church has for several years offered a Blue Christmas service on the longest night to offer comfort when holidays are not happy. This year the service will be Friday, December 21 in the Sanctuary beginning at 7:00 PM. You are invited to come for music, lighting of candles, prayers, scripture reading, and reflections. At the close of the service, there will be time for fellowship in the Narthex. Stephen Ministers will provide cookies and coffee, and be present to offer continued prayer or support if you desire.
This is a time and place to acknowledge your sadness and concern and know that you are not alone.