Two local churches, St. Paul's Church and the First Congregational Church, are offering a special Advent outreach program focused on the challenges that the Christmas season brings to many who feel a disconnect with the popular view of the season.

Blue Advent explores how the Christmas season is not perfect and how people can cope with their own feelings.

The series of prayer-filled gatherings will include reflection, singing and prayer related to the challenges that Christmas can present.

Gatherings will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 3 and 17, at St. Paul's, 29 Main St., and Dec. 10, at First Congregational Church, 4 Main St. A time for fellowship will follow.

All are invited to attend.