Blawnox church hoping to ward off holiday loneliness
The Rev. Lee Nichols is eager to usher in the holiday season at Hoboken Presbyterian Church in Blawnox, but he knows that the season isn’t blissful for everyone.
Nichols is opening the church doors at 921 North Avenue to anyone looking for “light and holiness in this Advent season.”
Beginning Dec. 2, and continuing for four Sundays, Nichols welcomes friends and strangers to 11 a.m. services. Christmas Eve worship begins at 7 p.m.
“We are all seeking the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love,” he said. “Join us for the lighting of candles, singing of seasonal songs and hearing of the sacred Christmas story.”
Reaching out and seeking solace in community or religious activities can help ward off depression and loneliness during the holidays, according to a Mayo Clinic report.
“Everyone is invited to come together as a community to seek the presence of the Lord in our lives,” Nichols said.
“Whatever you are, whatever you are not, you are welcome here.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.