The Christmas season is often marked by expressions of joy, excitement, and happiness. It is a time for family to gather and for churches to worship in the hope that is found in the coming of the Christ child.
However, this time of joy and expectation can often overshadow the pain and hurt many experience during this season, when their grief and sorrow stand in stark relief to the world’s merriment. The Long-est Night Service provides a place of healing and comfort in a caring and supportive environment during what can be a difficult time of year for many people. Occurring near the winter solstice, the Longest Night Service offers emotional and spiritual support to those coping with grief during the holidays, whether from the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, illness, or other challenges. It’s a witness to them that the Christ child comes as a sign of hope in the face of despair. The service consists of readings, prayers and a symbolic lighting of candles as a reminder that the light of Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.