Longest Night worship offered Dec. 21 at Gary UMC in Wheaton

Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St. in Wheaton, recognizes that the holidays are not always a time of joy and cheer - and that this year may be particularly difficult for many people experiencing isolation, illness and loss.

The Longest Night Service is Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the church's sanctuary, plus livestreamed and recorded at

Traditionally held on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, this worship will provide a time to remember loved ones, share hurting places with God or simply step aside from the stresses of the season.

The church offers 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship in the sanctuary. The 9 a.m. worship is complete with Kids' Church and nursery care, plus livestreaming and recorded worship at The 11 a.m. worship has a more casual feel featuring church musicians. At 10 a.m., you can enjoy a coffee hour called "Special Blend" and Sunday school for all ages.

On Sunday, Dec. 24, worship will be at 9 a.m., and 4, 7 and 9 p.m. With deep roots in the community since 1853, the church has vibrant music, kids, youth and adult ministries, plus opportunities for local, national and global missions. For more information, go to or contact the church office at

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