world wide candle lighting

Ada Mayor Darrell Nemecek, left, holds a proclamation declaring the second Sunday of December — Dec. 12, 2010 — as “Worldwide Candle Lighting Day” in the city of Ada. Pictured with the mayor are Debbra and Hicks Smith III, who brought the idea to city leaders of recognizing the Compassionate Friends lighting service as a special day in Ada.

Ada Evening News

The death of a child is devastating and it's important to the family that the child always be remembered. That's why memers of Ada chapter of the Compassionate Friends will aprticiapte in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. The chapter is joining Sunday, Dec. 12, with hundreds of organized memorial services arond the world for The Compassionate Friends 14th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting.

The local candle lighting will be a part of a special service at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Chruch Rollow Chapel, 129 W. 14th Street. The event will feature music, readings, poems and candle light service.

Annually tens of thousands of families, united in loss, light candles for one hour during hte World wide Candle Lighting, held the second Sunday in December. Candles are first lit at 7 p.m., local time, just west of hte International Date Line. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.

 To contact The Ada chapter of The Compassionate Friends, phone Debbra Smith at 580-399-5565. For more information about the national organization and locations of its chapters nationwide, phone 877-969-0010 or visit TCF's national website. 

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