Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about 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 us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

Once again, Christian churches in the greater Dover area invite you to come into this Light by participating in the Blue Christmas Service that will take place on Sunday evening, December 14th, at 7 PM, at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church (150 Central Avenue in Dover). The service will be led by several clergy from the area.

A time of fellowship will follow the service, in the host church’s fellowship hall. All are welcome at the service. The church is handicapped accessible.