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Blue Christmas Service
Is this The Happiest Time of the Year? For many people, it is. For others, the joy of the season underscores their own feelings of loss, grief, and sadness. Perhaps a loved one died at this time of year, perhaps they have been diagnosed with an illness, or lost their job, or are alienated from loved ones, or are facing any number of challenges. When every TV commercial and Christmas carol is telling you to be happy, you can feel your own realities are at odds with the world around you. This is the origin of the "Blue Christmas Service," a service which recognizes that not everyone is happy this time of year, and yet offers the hope of the Christ child who stands beside us in our sorrow.
Please join St. Paul's Episcopal Church of North Andover and Christ Church of Andover for a Blue Christmas service which will be held at Christ Church. Candlelight, music, prayers, and Eucharist combine to comfort God's people during this holiday season.
More About Christ Church
Christ Church is a multi-generational, inclusive community where worship, learning, and service flourish. The parish is known for its strong programs in music, Christian formation, and outreach, both locally and globally. Founded in 1835 by Abraham Marland, a local mill owner who had emigrated from Liverpool, England, Christ Church brought the Episcopal/Anglican tradition of worship to the Andover area. Although firmly rooted in the Episcopal tradition, Christ Church welcomes people from all backgrounds, and prides itself on being a place where people are free to question and to think for themselves. Christ Church owns and operates the Christ Church Children’s Center and the Andover Thrift Shop. It is also the place where the Center for Child Development, Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, and the Esperanza Academy were born.