Winter solstice music and celebration

On Sunday, Dec. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m., the 11th annual Winter Solstice Celebration combining music, readings and meditation will be held at 250 Beach Avenue (Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship).

With special musical guests, the Mystic Valley Voices Choir, this celebration is designed for adults, teenagers or children who would enjoy such a contemplative gathering. Unitarians gather as a free community of spiritual seekers, and welcome all people of different traditions and beliefs. A free-will offering is the only ‘cost.’

Families are encouraged. For younger or more energetic children interested in something livelier, we warmly welcome them to join the Young People’s Spiritual Exploration (YPSE) programme. Here we engage in more interactive and boisterous activities for solstice suitable for all ages.

Or if you prefer, our parent’s viewing room right next to the Sanctuary provides the chance to view and hear the service while playing with your children. We recommend that you bring children attending the YPSE programme 10 minutes early to the hall next to the sanctuary.

The word solstice literally means “sun standing still.” At the moment of the winter solstice, the path of the sun in the sky over the past six months has reached its furthest southern position and now turns northward.

The sun returns and the days get longer. It is no wonder then, that almost all traditions and ancient cultures have celebrated the return of the sun. At the same time, this Solstice gathering celebrates the dark with the light.

The Comox Valley Unitarians share space with Comox United, at the corner of Beach Drive and Comox Avenue.

Parking is available and the building is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about Unitarians, visit: www.cvuf.ca. For more information about the service, call Heather at 250 338-1947.

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