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Christmas can be a painful time for some.
It may be the first Christmas without loved family members who have recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.
Kingston United Methodist Church hopes to reach out to such individuals with a special Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness.
The service will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the church sanctuary at 212 W. Church St., Kingston.
The constant public refrain about the happiness of the season and 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 an individual feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending.
Individuals suffering such losses need the space and time to acknowledge their sadness and concern.
They need to know that they are not alone when spirits sink as days grow shorter.
This special service is intended to provide needed encouragement to get through the days ahead.
It will include the sharing and hearing of prayers, Scripture and music that acknowledge that God is there for those who mourn and struggle — and that God’s Word comes to shine light into the darkness.
The service will conclude with Holy Communion and lighting candles of remembrance.
The event is open to the public, regardless of church background.
The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.
Contact the Rev. Sue Lynn Johnson at Kingston United Methodist Church at 376-6337, Ext. 104, or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.