Blue Holiday Service
Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. Westside's Sanctuary
Rev Alex Holt
Christmas and other seasonal holidays can be a painful time. The loss of loved ones, the anguish of a broken relationship, the insecurity of employment, the weariness of poor health, the pain of isolation, or the pressure of holiday preparations and activity - all these can make us feel alone in the midst of celebrations of the season. This will be a time for people to share their deeper feelings of loss or isolation during the holiday season. No childcare available.
Christmas Eve Family Service
Sunday, December 24, 10:30 a.m. Rev. Alex Holt, Director of Religious Exploration, Cynthia Westby, Program Assistant Cheryl Brown, Intern Minister Margo Reinhart.
Join us for a family friendly Christmas Eve morning service of music and storytelling. We’ll sing carols and tell a modern day pilgrimage story with the help from our children and youth. We’ll end with our tradition of candy cane communion and the singing of “Silent Night.”
No Christmas morning service.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24, 9 p.m. Rev. Alex Holt
The candlelight service will feature singing of beloved Christmas carols and a reflection on the Jesus we might want to discover this year.
New Year’s Eve Atonement Service
Sunday, December 31, 10:30 a.m. Rev Alex Holt
This final day of 2017 will be an informal multi-generational service with no music, Religious Education or staff other than Alex. Everyone will be encouraged to use flash-paper to write down those things they wish to atone for from 2017 and then burn them as a way of letting go. There will also be pebbles from a beach in Maine for people to take home representing New Year's resolutions. All welcome.