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Blue Christmas service scheduled for those in mourning

Versailles United Methodist Church at 4 Church St. will be holding a Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

“I have offered this candlelight service for 14 years. It is a much needed service,” Pastor Wanda J. Greaves said in an email.

“It is a worship service that offers a sacred space for those in dark times…those who have had a death of a family member, friend, pet loss, divorce or they are just not feeling holly jolly. The service is reflective accepting where they are and holding out healing and hope to all who come that night.”

Rev. Greaves said that for many in her congregation, “this is their favorite service of the year.”

When she was going through a divorce many years ago, she said there were no services like the Blue Christmas service “and I wish there had been.”

Greaves said everyone can “participate in the in-person, candlelight service to the degree that they are comfortable with” it and masks will be required.

Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve service (Dec. 24): 9 p.m. None of the services are live streamed.

Versailles UMC at 4 Church St. is located in Sprague’s Versailles Village (on GPS, it comes up as Baltic – another village in Sprague).

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