A Blue Christmas at Red Bridge UMC

By Kathy Feist

Christmas isn’t always a joyful time for some people. It’s a time they would rather just escape. But where they go, there it is also.

Rev. Trista Soendker Nicholson and the , 117th & Holmes Rd., woule like to offer healing for those individuals.

“We want to make space for people who need healing, extra love and prayer,” she says.

On Wednesday, December 20, the Red Bridge United Methodist Church will have a  “Blue Christmas,”  a special worship service for those who feel broken, depressed or living with a loss. “It’s an opportunity for anyone who wants healing prayer or ointment,” Soendker Nicholson says. While this is the first time the Red Bridge church has offered a Blue Christmas, Soendker Nicholson has led one at a former congregation. “It was very powerful,” she says.

In addition to those mourning a loved one or dealing with depression, Soendker Nicholson says the services may appeal to couples who are experiencing infertility and still longing for children during this time of year.

The service was chosen specifically for December 20 because it precludes the longest night of the year on the 21st, says Soendker Nicholson.

Services start at 6 p.m. and are open to the public. For more information, call 816-941-0112.

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