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A quiet time for Christmas at St Mary Magdalene Church, Harlow Common

Lifestyle / Tue 18th Dec 2018 at 09:33am

A quiet time for Christmas at St Mary Magdalene Church, Harlow Common

Thursday 20th December –

6.30pm to 8pm.

Come and go as you please.

“Christmas is great, isn’t it? Time off work, nice food and presents, chance to see the family, and the time when Christians celebrate a very special moment in history – God coming to be with us in Jesus, born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.”

“Yes” says Father James at St Mary Magdalene Church, Harlow Common, “But….not everyone feels like celebrating at Christmas. Many of us feel under extra pressure at this time of year: stress levels are high and the rest of the world seems to expect us all to have a good time. And we may be lonely, or depressed, or recovering from the loss of a loved one. For all these reasons, the usual Christmas jollity can be very difficult.”

This year, St Mary Magdalene at Harlow Common are having a special event on the Thursday before Christmas. It’s a service, but an informal one – you can stay as long as you like between 6.30pm and 8pm. We’ll share the Christmas story with readings, some carols and hear other reflective Christmas music: we’ll light candles, say some prayers and be quiet. But above all it’s a chance for a bit of space for all of us in the run up to Christmas – and a chance perhaps for us to be reminded of God’s love for all of us. We’re calling it “The Longest Night” – because in that week, our daylight hours are at their shortest. But, if you’re in a dark place of your own this Christmas, this might be a moment when some light can shine into your life and your situation.

Any queries? Contact Fr James on 01279-451065 or [email protected]

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