Alternative service offered for those hurting during Christmas season
Special to SVLfreenews.com
A Longest Night worship service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, at Grace Baptist Church, 719 Club Drive, as a way for people struggling with loss and sadness to celebrate the joy of Christ's birth.
In partnership with local veterans organizations and Fifth Street Ministries, this special service will provide words of comfort and hope by former Army Chaplain Brad Borders, and Randy Berryhill, a chaplain with Hospice of Iredell County and member of Grace.
The Longest Night Service is held around the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.
"But the name, Longest Night, also describes the feeling that a number of us have during this season. The Christmas season is in full swing, but not everyone feels the merriment of this time of year," said Nancy Davis, a member of Grace.
For those dealing with the death of a loved one, the aftermath of divorce, job loss, or sickness, Christmas parties and celebrations are the last thing they want.
"While the service is a way for people to address their hurts and sorrow, we still recognize that this is a season for hope and comfort," explained Davis.
After winter solstice, the days grow longer and brighter. This service is also a reminder that darkness will not put out the light.
All are welcome. Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow the service for those who wish to participate.
For more information, call 704-872-5130.