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Service to help those with losses

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Kingston United Methodist Church will have “A Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness,” a special service for those who have experienced loss in the past year.

The service will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the church sanctuary at 212 W. Church St.

“For many of us, Christmas is a difficult time of the year,” said Sue Lynn Johnson, the church’s minister of congregational care. “It is a time focused on family times, remembering both persons and events that have been part of our lives in the in the past.”

For those who have experienced loss, such as the death of a family member or close friend, divorce or loss of a job, this time of year is even more difficult, Johnson said.

“While the passing of time helps to ease the pain, still these losses are part of who we are,” she added. “It has been said one never gets over these losses but, instead, gets through them.”

The upcoming service will include special music, Scripture, reflections, healing prayer and Communion.

“With this season of holiness and cheer is also the winter solstice, or the longest night of the year,” Johnson said. “Our prayer is that, on this longest night of the year, all who have experienced loss and grief will be part of this service that makes time for remembering, for sharing our hurting places with God, and for preparing our hearts for the coming of the Savior of the world.”

Contact Johnson at sljkumc@comcast.net or 376-6337 for details.