Church to hold service for grieving residents

DOWNEY - Downey United Methodist Church is reaching out to those who are suffering with pain and loss this holiday season by offering its annual Longest Night Service on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.The church hosts this service annually on Dec. 21 - the longest night of the year - to mark the time when light begins to shine in the darkness. "The Longest Night Service is for anyone for whom the Christmas season may seem particularly difficult," said Pastor Jon Wesley Waterson. "Some have lost loved ones and others may be facing illness, divorce, loneliness or financial difficulties." The service includes advent candle lighting, music, prayers, a short sermon and concludes with the sacrament of holy communion. In addition, members of the church's Prayer Ministry will be at the service for anyone who wants to talk or have someone pray with them. "Our desire is to help people in grief navigate one of the most emotionally difficult seasons of the year," Waterson said. "Everyone is welcome to our service, and we hope we can provide some comfort to those going through a difficult time." If you know someone who would benefit from the Longest Night Service, contact Pastor Jon Waterson at (562) 861-9777. Downey United Methodist Church is at 10801 Downey Ave.

********** Published: December 6, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 34