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Churches Hold ‘Blue Christmas’ Services for Those Who Are Grieving This Holiday Season

(Photo: Pam Kensler)A candle display that was part of a Blue Christmas service held at Living in Faith Together of Fremont, Ohio on December 10, 2017.

Churches across the United States and Canada are holding “Blue Christmas” services meant to minister to those who are experiencing suffering or loss during the holiday season.

Service times can vary, with some congregations scheduling their “Blue Christmas” worship service for the Winter Solstice, but all focus on a major theme: helping the saddened.

Pam Kensler, director of discipleship and outreach for Living in Faith Together Parish of Fremont, Ohio, told The Christian Post that their objective was to help “those who are experiencing loss to know they are not alone during this holiday season.”

“Throughout the service we acknowledged various forms of loss from loved ones to job losses or relationships ending,” explained Kensler.

“This service was an opportunity to allow reflection and prayer, allowing for strength to build as holiday gatherings fill our calendars.”

With their service, Kensler noted that LIFT Parish wanted attendees to feel “safe in acknowledging their grief.”

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(Photo: Pam Kensler)People gather for the Blue Christmas service organized by Living in Faith Together Parish of Fremont,…

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