First Presbyterian Church is offering a special Christmas worship service Saturday night for those who are going through a troubling time in their life and would prefer a more simplistic way to celebrate the Christmas season.

Saturday at 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church is hosting A Quiet Christmas for members of the community who have recently experienced a death, lost a job, begun or finalized a divorce or are affected by serious illness or trouble.

Interim Pastor Rev. Howard Reed said Christmas time is a particularly important time of the year to be sensitive to people in the community who are going through hard times.

"People often end up harming themselves this time of year for the lack of sensitive caring and outreach," he said. "People suffer much more when the culture and everyone seem happy and carefree."

First Presbyterian Church felt it was a real gift and benefit to share a different kind of service with the community, Reed said.

"We know that people who are in trouble love and want to celebrate Christmas, but a lot of Christmas services are overwhelming for people who are in trouble," he said.

A Quiet Christmas is open to all members of the community. It is a quieter service than most Christmas worship services consisting of mostly scripture and music with a brief meditation period. There will be a candle lighting for those who have lost a loved one.

Simple refreshments will be served. Call the church office at 329-6483 to schedule complimentary childcare during the service.

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