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Great Island offers Blue Christmas Service

LOCK HAVEN — This Christmas, are you without a loved one?

For many who have lost a loved one, this is a time of sharp loneliness. For others, who have lost a relationship, health, a job, or had a financial setback, it may be a time of pain, confusion, or fear. Others are ill equipped for conflict family dynamics and drama, and with the backdrop of COVID-19 our season may be even more lonely. This is not a joyous season for everyone.

Great Island Presbyterian Church will hold an evening “Blue Christmas Service” on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. for those in need.

It will be a time when you can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings at the holidays, the reasons for them, and offer them to God.

“The idea behind the service is to provide a quiet, contemplative service as an alternative to the more traditional gatherings as a way to care for those who are sad or struggling while those around them are caught up in celebrating,” said Rev. Taylor Camerer, Pastor at Great Island.

Services like this provide an opportunity to hear not only about the baby in the manger, who can be dismissed as irrelevant, but about the God of love who comes to us in the midst of the mess and pain we know in our own everyday lives.

Some of the topics in the service will be setting limits, picking your fields of engagement, when enough is enough, and saying no.

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