A look at what happened this week in McPherson area churches.
St. Anne’s to provide free rides home on New Year’s Eve
Once again this New Year’s Eve, the people of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church will provide free rides home to partygoers in McPherson.
The church’s “Tipsy Taxi” service will begin operating around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, and will run until about 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Rides are provided within the city limits of McPherson only.
To use the service, simply look for vehicles marked with “Tipsy Taxi” signs that will be circulating in and around downtown, or call 241-0298 to be picked up.
The people of St. Anne’s are pleased to offer this service to the people of McPherson.
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ to have Blue Christmas Service
INMAN — At 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Inman, 111 N. Pine St. (corner of Harvey and North Pine streets) will host a Blue Christmas service.
For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards.
They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations.
This service will have a quieter, more somber feel then a traditional Christmas worship service.
Scripture, music and meditations will make up the service, focusing on the comfort God offers during dark times.
Some churches refer to this type of service as a Service of Light, while others refer to it as the Longest Night service, because it is traditionally held on or near the winter solstice—literally, the day with the shortest amount of daylight. This year, the solstice falls on Dec. 21.
This Blue Christmas services will include an emphasis on candles. People in the congregation will be invited to come forward and light a candle in memory of someone or to mark an event in their lives.
Some will say words out loud, others in silent prayer.
More information can be obtained or questions answered by calling the church office at 620-585-2627.