Blue Christmas Service - when ‘Merry Christmas’ is too difficult
While tinsel drapes across the city and ‘Frosty the Snowman’ blares in shopping centres, many people find it difficult to feel joy around Christmas. The whole world seems to expect that people will be happy and that families will want to be together at this time of year.
But for many people, this is simply not the reality.
There are many of us who have experienced huge grief or feel the ‘chill’ of broken relationships and damaged dreams. Others of us are without family or friends or home or community, and the loss of this is especially felt at Christmas time.
It is simply very difficult for a lot of people to be merry at Christmas.
Wesley Mission’s Blue Christmas service, also called a ‘Service of Solace,’ is an intentional time set apart from the rush and bustle of commercial and community expectations. It is a time in which those of us who struggle at this time of year are invited to know and name the dread, darkness and despair of human living; and perhaps find God ‘born again’ into our lives and travelling with us - especially during these times.
In this service, people are invited to lament, and Bible stories are used that show lamenting, mourning and grieving as appropriate and faithful responses to what happens in life.
If you’re not feeling the cheer this festive season, you are welcome to join us for a special service of solace. Please see our events page for further details and choose a time that suits you.
If you need immediate support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.