ATKINSON —You’re not alone if you feel down during the holidays. It may be because of the death of a loved one, illness, divorce, job loss, unfortunate circumstance, winter darkness – or no reason at all. If you can relate, Atkinson Congregational Church invites you to their Blue Christmas – Longest Night Service,’ on Wed., December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

“There are some among us who simply cannot enter into the joy of the Christmas season,” said Pastor Jim Thomas. “Our brief service is a way to acknowledge this, while still recognizing that part of the reason for Jesus’ coming was to bring hope and comfort, to heal the sick, to seek the lost, and to restore the broken and broken-hearted. Those at this service will be able to set apart time for tranquil worship: prayer, music, scripture, lament, and looking out of the darkness. Let it be for you a respite from the world’s assumptions that everyone is celebrating.”

For those who may be curious, a video of last year’s Blue Christmas – Longest Night service can be accessed from the church’s services page on or through this direct link:

More than sixty years ago, Elvis Presley recorded “Blue Christmas,” a song that touches the depth of sadness that some people experience during the holiday season. The song is the inspiration for Blue Christmas services that have been adopted by Christian churches over the years.

Atkinson Congregational Church, located at 101 Main St. in Atkinson, has been welcoming all people since 1772, when Stephen Peabody, brother-in-law to John Adams, became the church’s first pastor. Today, Jim Thomas serves as its pastor and spiritual leader. Affectionately known as the “Light on the Hill,” the church offers a wide range of programs, including music, Bible studies, social opportunities, services to the local community, and more. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. For more information on the class, contact or call 603-362-5519.



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