The familiar words, “…’tis the season to be jolly…” suggest a kind of merriment often associated with Christmas-time in our culture, but not always appropriate to our lives. Sometimes the holiday season is not “the most wonderful time of the year,” and for those of us experiencing loss or grief, Christmas can be an especially difficult time. The death of a beloved friend or family member, a divorce or job loss, an illness or frightening diagnosis or myriad other personal struggles can make this time of year particularly tender. The prominence of our culture’s “seasonal joy” may be an unwelcome reminder of the void or heartache in our own lives.
At St. Barnabas, we offer a special worship service – A Quiet Christmas Holy Eucharist – for those who find themselves sad, grieving, or in need of any sort of healing during this Christmas season. This year, our Quiet Christmas service will be held on Thursday evening, December 21st at 7pm in the church. It will be led by our new rector, the Rev. Karen Haig. This service is open to everyone, and is especially meaningful for those who are experiencing loss. Please join us, all are welcome.