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Rantoul First United Methodist Church will host a blue Christmas service.
The service — which is designed to aid those who are grieving — is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the church.
“For some, Christmas is the hardest time of the year,” said the Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin. “For those who are grieving the death of someone, the season is full of memories and reminders of our loss.”
She said the service is one way to remember and to celebrate.
“Christmas falls at the darkest time of the year, on purpose,” Lakota Eastin said. “The celebration of Jesus’ birthday was intentionally placed near the winter solstice because it was His birth that brought light into the darkness of the world.”
Participants will have the opportunity to write the name of a loved one on an ornament that will then be placed on a special Christmas tree. Scriptures, candlelight and prayers will also be part of the service as a way to heal.
The church also offers a grief support group that will begin again in January. Call 892-2130 for more information.