The Christmas season can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio, television, in shopping malls, and even in churches about the happiness of the season or about getting together with family and friends reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had.
The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Spirits may sink as the days grow shorter and we feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.
All are invited to join with us during the “Blue Christmas” service in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background, is welcome.
The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship. If you choose, you may bring an offering of canned goods which will be donated to the food pantry after the service.
Please contact The Congregational Church of New Canaan’s Stephen Ministry Leader Avril Sweeny with any questions about this service at 203-966-4597.