Winter’s seasonal holidays are a time for celebration and renewal for most people. But for many in the Lancaster community, the sights, sounds and memories of the season can be stressful, even overwhelming, especially when a neighbor or loved one has faced a loss or is experiencing feelings of sadness. First Presbyterian Lancaster and DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory are working together to recognize the grief that some in the community face this holiday season, and offer support at the annual Blue Christmas service of remembrance and hope.
The program will take place at 3 p.m. December 1 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Lancaster. Guests are welcome to join together after the program for soup and refreshments.
For more than 10 years, First Presbyterian Lancaster has invited its community neighbors who celebrate all faiths and may be experiencing a time of loss or grief to gather together for a time of remembrance and healing. DeBord Snyder Funeral Home began hosting a similar service of remembrance at their facility in 2017 and has since outgrown their venue.
Everyone who attends Blue Christmas is invited to bring a memento of their grief to share during the service. Families planning to attend and who have lost a loved one this year are encouraged to register in advance so that the person may be recognized, and family members may be presented with an ornament in remembrance, provided by DeBord Snyder.
The Blue Christmas service is a safe space for neighbors and community members to gather together and recognize each person’s personal beliefs, acknowledge their grief and embrace hope.
Phone: (717) 394-6854
140 East Orange Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602