As hard as it is to believe, it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas and the Advent season.
Advent is a time of excitement and looking forward to something. Many will be looking forward to Christmas Day. They will enjoy singing songs, bundling up, and eating Quality Street and an endless supply of mince pies.
But for many, Advent is a time of waiting and longing. Of remembering what was or what might have been and wishing that it could be that way again. A time of remembering those we have lost. A time when loneliness is strongest. Or perhaps you just find it to be a difficult time of year when the nights are so long and daylight so fleeting.
If you’re in the latter group, we invite you to our Blue Christmas evening on 15 December at 5pm. Blue Christmas is a safe place where it’s okay to not be okay at Christmas. It’s a place to hear songs without the pressure to sing along. It’s a place to hear that despite all appearances, there is actually a reason for real hope. We sincerely believe that Jesus Christ offers us the best reason to have hope and Blue Christmas is an opportunity to hear about him.
We will provide childcare with PVG-compliant helpers and there will be refreshments after.
If you know someone who might be struggling this Christmas or want a way to share the event with your friends, please feel free to send them a link to this post or the image below. We will have printed flyers available at the church as well.