Relief offered at public Sunday service

Published 9:57 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A special worship service is being held in Suffolk this Sunday for anyone that’s struggling this holiday season to find comfort with others.

St. John’s Episcopal Church and Oakland Christian United Church of Christ will hold a community “Longest Night” worship service on Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Church, 828 Kings Highway. This service is open to everyone, regardless of their own church or faith community.

The “Longest Night” worship service recognizes that there are people who are suffering and in pain, while others are joyously celebrating the holiday festivities.

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This service offers hope and support and provides time and space to reflect and be with others.

“We believe there is a need at this time of year for a time of quiet reflection, for people for whom Christmas isn’t celebratory” said the Rev. Mary Anne Biggs, pastor at Oakland Christian United Church of Christ. “There’s a lot of hurting people, and we would like for them to gather together, knowing that God loves them.”

Contact the St. John’s Church office at 255-4168 for more information.