Blue Christmas service set for Dec. 11

A new service will be held at Manchester First United Methodist Church, 6 p.m., Dec. 11.

For those who are not feeling very “Christmassy” this year, there will be a Blue Christmas service, according to Rev. Randy Brown, who encourages locals to attend.

“The concept of a Blue Christmas Service may be new for you this year,” Brown said. “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.”

The Blue Christmas service is open to the entire community, said Brown.

“We have a number of people in our congregation who are struggling with different kinds of pain and loss at the moment, and I thought a service of this kind might appeal to them,” Brown said. “Not only that, but many people in our local community have said in passing that they are ‘not feeling very Christmassy’ this year.

“This service will provide an opportunity for people to hear not about a 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 everyday lives and the lives of those around us.”

The church is located at 105 N. Church St., Manchester.

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