Church service provides space for those grieving loved ones
Churches are coming together this holiday season to help grieving members of the community.
Inside the walls of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings, there was a grieving space for those feeling blue during the holidays, because of a lost loved one.
Six Hastings' churches say they wanted to give those grieving a space to spend time with the sadness they are experiencing during the holiday season.
The service used advent candles to talk about grief, memories, strength and love.
"Holidays are hard for people especially if you've lost someone recently or even if life is not going the way you like it to sometimes the holidays can seem twice as dreary. We wanted to give people the space to recognize those feelings and find God in their sufferings, and to find that God walks with them wherever they are," said Pastor Jessica Palys.
The pastor says it's important especially now with the way Christmas has been commercialized across the nation.
The churches wanted to show it's okay for people to show their sadness.
"It tends to be all about the bells and whistles, and the happy, happy, joy, joy. Sometimes we lose a little bit of God in the season and forget it's about the coming of the Christ child. It's about wandering in the darkness," said Pastor Palys.
This has become an annual event which they will hold again next year as well.