Knox Waterloo Saturday, December 21st, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Broadcast live on FM 98.5 CKWR Video
Livestreaming: at

We invite you to this special service. Every year brings change and we all have losses; be it loss of a home, a love, a friend, our health, a job or some other part of our lives. Christmas can be a difficult time for us when we are experiencing sadness, loss or transitions in life.

The Longest Night Service invites us to pause in the midst of a busy season; to set aside time for quiet reflection as we seek healing. Together we declare hope and light in a world that sometimes can seem so full of darkness.

This year we are privileged and honoured to welcome as our speaker Mackenzie Leclaire, a student at the University of Waterloo. Currently, Mackenzie works as a research assistant at the University and is President of the Legal Studies Student Society. Mackenzie also volunteers as a facilitator at a restorative justice agency, supporting individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

Mackenzie has a deep passion for promoting mental health. This stems from personal experiences of trauma and mental illness. Mackenzie says, “Peace comes from hearing people’s life stories of overcoming obstacles. The awareness that I’m not alone in my battles is the foundation for my strength. It’s what drives me to continue to share my journey, the challenges I’ve overcome, and the ones I’m still overcoming.”

The Longest Night Service is open and welcoming to all. This is for everyone. Feel free to invite your family and friends. There are light refreshments after the service. Casual dress is expected. There is no collection/offering. Each person will be invited to light a candle as a sign of hope, or in memory of a loved one and the Knox Chancel Choir will offer music to inspire and comfort.

Quiet reflection, words of hope, lighting a candle, and a brief address from one who is experiencing transition. We hope you will be able to join us on December 21st at 8 pm. You may wish to invite a friend or two to join you. This service is also live on the radio and will be live streamed.

May God’s peace and hope be with you,

Hugh Donnelly
Brooke Ashfield
Linda Ashfield

The Ministers at Knox Waterloo