"The Longest Night" Service


Although December is associated with holiday joy for some, it also brings a sense of loneliness and grief.

Ever year, an Elkhart church offers support with a special service for those facing holiday depression.

The church offers the service to help anyone in the area who may dealing with the pain and grief that sometimes accompany the holidays.

For some the holidays aren't always happy whether its the loss of a loved one, facing unemployment or fighting a deadly illness.

“ think at this time of year there are many people who are grieving and are sad and one of the things this service does is recognize that,” says Darlene Eddy who attended the service.

That's why every year the First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart offers a special service called "the longest night.” Church leaders say when the days are the shortest sometimes people experience seasonal depression.

“People may feel forced to feel gay and because of what has happened in their lives they just cannot. This is a chance to be honest if the holidays are very difficult time for you,” says head pastor Steve Braden.

“I noticed several people were moved by the service and the context and the readings and I think that this is a very popular thing to attend during this time of year,” says Eddy.

Those at the service could light a candle to acknowledge the grief, courage, memories, and love they may feel at Christmas time.

The candle lighting also signifies the beginning of a new year.

This is the eleventh year for the service.


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