Church Plans Special Service For Those Feeling Blue This Christmas

SCOTCH PLAINS — Not looking forward to the holidays? What if the season of joy only serves to magnify your pain? That may seem like a strange thought, but for some Christmas can be a difficult time.

While many are decking the halls and wrapping the gifts, others are struggling with darkness in their lives that seeks to steal away their joy. The darkness might come from the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a painful relationship, a life in transition, or any number of other struggles that can cause us to sing the blues rather than “Joy to the World”.

You are not alone. Christmas can be a painful reminder of what has been lost. Whatever the reason for the blues, come to a quiet service at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church. “A Blue Christmas: A Service of Comfort and Hope” will be held in the sanctuary on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church. Through music, scripture, prayer and candlelight, the service will acknowledge the blues and the pain and look toward the hope to come. The service will be led by The Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney, Pastor, Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, and The Rev. Bonnie Fee, Chaplain, Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, Scotch Plains.

For more information about Willow Grove Church, phone the church office, Monday through Friday, at 1-908-232-5678, e-mail or visit

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is located at 1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains across the street from the Scotch Plains Southside Firehouse and soccer field and near the corner of South Martine Avenue. All facilities are handicap-accessible.

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