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Advent and Christmas Briefs

December 12, 2018

Advent and Christmas services set at St. John the Baptist

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Milton welcomes everyone to its Advent and Christmas services. Advent Evening and Morning Prayer will feature A Saintly Series, half-hour examinations of December saints. St. John of the Cross will be highlighted at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated at 7 and 11 p.m., with congregational carol singing at 10:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24.

For more information, go to www.stjohnthebaptistmilton.org.

Conley’s UMC announces Advent season events

Conley’s United Methodist Church will offer only one service at 10 a.m. each Sunday during Advent, through Dec. 23, instead of the usual 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services. Conley’s will present the Capital Ringers playing holiday favorites on the handbells at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. Admission is free.

Candlelight Christmas Eve services will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24, at the church on Jolyn’s Way, and 10 p.m. at Conley’s Chapel on Robinsonville Road.

For more information, call the church office at 302-945-1881, or go to www.ConleysUMC.org. Conley’s United Methodist Church is at 33106 Jolyn’s Way, Lewes. Conley’s Chapel is at 22150 Robinsonville Road, Lewes.

Unity to meet Dec. 16

Unity Spiritual Center will meet at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 16. Advent season is here to prepare the way for Christmas and the birth of Jesus, a reminder of the birth of consciousness within everyone. This week the discussion will focus on the holy family and the lessons to be learned from their faith in God and standing by each other. The address is 98 Rudder Road, Suite 1-A, Millsboro, just off Long Neck Road in front of the Sea Esta Motel.

Blue Christmas set Dec. 16 for those who have lost loved ones

St. Jude The Apostle Church will host a Blue Christmas service at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16. The color blue is traditionally associated with feeing down in the dumps. The loss of a loved one can be more keenly felt at Christmas. When folks attend the Blue Christmas service in church, they hand in the name of the deceased, whether it will be the first holiday without their loved one or the 40th.

Participants share hymns, a scripture passage and a brief reflection. Then, while music softly plays, officiants read aloud the names of the faithful departed, and family or friends come forward and light a candle. By the time the list of names is finished, just about everyone is crying, but the tears are healing. They don’t remove all the pain, but they greatly lighten the burden of a day people may be dreading.

Attendees can give their sorrow to the lord, share it with the others present and receive God’s gift of peace. Those planning to attend may feel free to invite others, especially those who have suffered a recent loss. They don’t have to be Catholic or even Christian to seek God’s gentle touch. St. Jude is at 152 Tulip Drive on the northbound side of Route 1, north of the Five Points intersection near Lewes.

Blue Christmas service set at Grace UMC Dec. 19

Grace United Methodist Church in Georgetown will hold a Blue Christmas/Longest Night service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19. The holidays are often the loneliest time of the year for people who struggle with depression and/or loss in their lives. The losses experienced can include the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, death of a pet or loss of health. The service allows people to grieve the losses, acknowledge the pain associated with them, and take comfort in God’s abiding love and care. Everyone is welcome to attend. Grace UMC is at 302 E. Market St., Georgetown. For more information, call 302-856-6245.

Coolspring Presbyterian to hold Christmas Eve service Dec. 24

Coolspring Presbyterian Church U.S.A. will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24.  The church is at 28843 Log Cabin Hill Road, Lewes. For more information, call 302-703-2545 or email coolspringpreschurch@gmail.com.

St. Edmond announces Christmas week services

St. Edmond Church will host Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m. and midnight, Monday, Dec. 24, in the church; at 4 p.m. in the parish hall; and at 4 p.m. at Rehoboth Elementary School. Christmas Day services will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25. New Year services will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, and at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1.  St. Edmond Church is at  Laurel Street and King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.