It’s heartening to see local churches offering ‘Blue Holiday’ services this season. Both Capac United Methodist and Imlay City First Congregational United Church of Christ are planning special services in advance of Christmas to acknowledge the personal loss and grief that many people experience on a daily basis. Around the holidays, those feelings seem to only intensify and the pressure to be joyful is especially high.

For others, the stress of the holidays can make it difficult to be jolly. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of respondents said that their stress levels increased during the holidays.

Local clergy see the importance of gathering together as a reminder that no one is alone in their struggles.

At Capac United Methodist’s service tomorrow, Dec. 19, attendees will have a chance to share their experiences and honor the memory of a loved one through a tangible means.

The Imlay City First Congregational Church service on Sunday, Dec. 22, will be a meditative one where attendees can reflect and pray.

The Tri-City area is home to many generous church congregations and clergy who are committed to ministering to the community in a myriad of simple but meaningful ways.