Service offers support during festive period
SARAH FOY - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Christmas isn't all joy and gift-giving - for some it's a sad time, the Rev Helene Young says.
She is helping run a Blue Christmas service at Fitzroy Holy Trinity church on December 23 and says all are welcome.
"Some people have lost a loved one, they may be separated from family, feel financially burdened and have unfulfilled hopes," Ms Young says.
The service will be a time for people to take care of themselves "in the midst of Christmas hype".
The festive period can magnify loss as well as joy and sorrow.
"Maybe this is the first Christmas since a job loss, or a relationship breakup, maybe this has been a particularly difficult year emotionally, physically or spiritually," Ms Young says.
"Any changed circumstances can lead to feeling blue at Christmas."
The service, expected to be about 45 minutes, will include music, time for reflection, poetry and prayer.
It starts at 4pm. It was held for the first time last year, attracting about 15 people.
A birthday party for Jesus is to take place at Holy Trinity from 1pm till 3pm on December 24. Games, a drama and afternoon tea are included for children of all ages. An Advent Franciscan prayer time will take place every Wednesday, beginning from November 28. The prayer is open to anyone and is a preparation for Christmas as well as a chance for people to have time out, Ms Young says. It begins each Wednesday at 11.30am.
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