Service designed to help with blues

Published 12:54 pm Saturday, December 15, 2018

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will host its seventh annual Christmas service for those who have a little trouble with the holiday at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 18.

The service began in 2012, and was the idea of parishioners who had participated in a butterfly release and found it helpful. They were looking for a similar event to help others who had suffered loss, the Rev. Cindy Howard, rector of St. Mary’s, said.

There are lots of reasons people might need quiet space, full of hope and peace at Christmastime. The service, “When Christmas Feels Blue,” isn’t just for people who’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, she said.

“There are all kinds of stresses that occur at Christmas,” Howard said. “There are difficult family situations and other disappointments.”

“There will be reading of scripture, the singing of carols, and the lighting of candles of remembrance,” Howard said. “This is not a sad service, but a service that recognizes wounds and brokenness, and looks to the hope in the Christmas story and in the Easter story as well.”

The service will be followed with refreshments and fellowship in the church hall.

St. Mary’s is located at 1307 E. Three Notch St.