2013 Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Services - Pennsylvania

Communities across the globe will be joining in The Compassionate Friends 17th Worldwide Candle Lighting on December 8, 2013.

You are invited to provide us information about your Worldwide Candle Lighting event for posting so people in your area will know of your service (open to the public) and be able to attend. Please complete the Worldwide Candle Lighting Information Form.  Note: we reserve the right to edit all submissions.

IMPORTANT: If you attempt to submit your candle lighting service and we do not contact you or your service is not listed within 48 hours, please contact Joan@compassionatefriends.org.

Click on your state below to view Worldwide Candle Lighting events in your area. 

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The Compassionate Friends Lehigh Valley Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 5:30 PM
Location: 1921 Duffield Ct, Allentown, PA
Highlights: Informal gathering to share. Those who have traveled the path of grief are available to help those new on the grief journey.
Bring: Pictures, remembrances, covered dish all optional but welcome.
Special Events (before): Dinner and sharing.
Contact: Tom or Eva Seibert
Telephone: 610-967-5886 Email: seibert1@ptd.net  

The Compassionate Friends of Tri-State Pennsylvania

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 252 College Avenue, Beaver, PA
Highlights: Poems, music, candle lighting (candles are provided), and slide show of our children (pictures need to be e-mailed to jen0114@yahoo.com or mailed to TCF, PO Box 480, Beaver, PA 15009 by Nov. 27.)
Bring: Picture or a personal item of your child to be placed on a memory table.
Special Events (before): "Butterfly" Giftshop will be open at 6:15 PM. 
Special Events (after): Light refreshments will be provided following the candle lighting.
Contact: Sharon Kovach
Telephone: 724-847-1494 Email: kskovach@yahoo.com

Brookville Presbyterian Church

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Brookville Presbyterian Church, 100 White Street (corner of Main and White Streets), Brookville, PA
Highlights: Speakers, readers, special music, and a video remembrance of children's pictures and names.
Bring: Personal item of remembrance to share during fellowship time.
Special Events (after): Family sharing experience.
Additional: If you would like to include your child in the video please email their photo to psbychbv@windstream.net or drop it off at the church office from 8-2, M-F. Deadline is December 5.
Contact: Judi Paden
Telephone: 814-849-2413 Email: psbychbv@windstream.net

First Presbyterian Church

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 700 Wood Street, Clarion, PA
Highlights: During the service the children's names will be read aloud and the parents will light a candle in loving memory of their child.
Bring: A table will be set up for anyone who wishes to display a photo or memento of their child.
Special Events (before): The sanctuary opens at 5:30 PM. 
Special Events (after): After the service, there will be a time of sharing and fellowship. Refreshments will be served.
Contact: Holly Stitt
Telephone: 814-229-1828 Email: hstitt@verizon.net

Clifton Heights
The Compassionate Friends Delaware County Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 436 N. Oak Avenue, Clifton Heights, PA
Highlights: Parents announce their child's name as we light our candles. We supply the candles. Poems, readings, and music are in memory of our children, grandchildren, and siblings.
Bring: Please bring a small picture or remembrance of your child to be displayed. You may also bring a light refreshment to be shared after the service.
Special Events (after): Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the service in the church's hall.
Additional: This memorial service is dedicated to all our children, grandchildren, and siblings...that their light will always shine.
Contact: Natalie Pino
Telephone: 610-874-7712 Email: jak2104@verizon.net (Jean Kearney)

The Compassionate Friends of Corry

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Corry City Park, North Center Street, Corry, PA
Highlights: Approximately 15 minute ceremony with reading of children's names, poems, and candle lighting ceremony.
Bring: Please bring a framed picture or a small remembrance of your child to be displayed during ceremony.
Special Events (after): Refreshments following ceremony right across the street at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 327 North Center Street, Corry, PA.
Additional: Please RSVP your child's name and the number attending the ceremony to ensure enough candles for your family and friends and so we may have your child's name for the program.
Contact: Kelli Combs-Meerhoff
Telephone: 814-882-0698 Email: corrycompasionate@gmail.com   

The Compassionate Friends of the Susquehanna Valley

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Henry Hood Research Center for Health Research, 100 N Academy Ave, Danville, PA
Highlights: Readings, music, reading of children's names, and lighting of candles.
Bring: Picture or remembrance of your child.
Special Events (before): Sharing time and music.
Special Events (after): Sharing time and snacks.
Contact: Denise K. Cressman
Telephone: 570-275-3367 Email: Cressmanfm@msn.com

New Blossoms New Life Foundation

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: Nick's Place, 12250 Rt. 99, Edinboro, PA
Highlights: There will be speakers, special music, reading of children's names, and refreshments.
Bring: No need to bring anything.
Special Events (after): Time for sharing and refreshments. 
Contact: Renea' Kovski
Telephone: 814-734-1585 Email: atsvigil@gmail.com

The Compassionate Friends Schuylkill Chapter  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 – 6:00 PM
Location: St. John's Reformed Church, 17 Chestnut Street, Friedensburg, PA
Highlights: Live music, special readings, slide show with special music and children's pictures.
Special Events (before): Musical prelude will begin at 5:45 PM.
Special Events (after): Dinner provided in the church's fellowship hall after the service.
Additional: Please send or e-mail child's picture with a brief message about the child to: Debra Marbarger, 411 Schwartz Valley Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 or debramarbarger@yahoo.com.
Contact: Debra Marbarger
Telephone: 570-739-4594 Email: debramarbarger@yahoo.com  

The Compassionate Friends Wayne County Chapter  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Wayne Memorial Hospital, 601 Park Street, Honesdale, PA
Highlights: Program will begin out front and proceed to the chapel.
Bring: Please bring a snack to share.
Special Events (after): Refreshments will be shared after in our regular meeting room.
Contact: Karen Breidenstein
Telephone: 570-253-0201 Email: kacb59@yahoo.com

The Compassionate Friends Abington Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - Beginning promptly at 6:30 PM
Location: Grace Presbyterian Church, 444 Old York Road, Jenkintown, PA
Highlights: Harpist, slide show of our children, poems, music, and lighting candle for each child.
Bring: Please submit pictures for the slide show to the email address listed below before Dec. 1.
Special Events (after): Refreshments provided.
Contact: Janis Murphy
Telephone: 215-285-7243 Email: chapterleader@abingtontcf.org

King of Prussia
The Compassionate Friends Valley Forge Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 2 PM
Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 132 E Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA
Highlights: Dr. Yvonne Kaye, readings, music, reading of children and others names.
Bring: Pictures or remembrances and refreshments (cookies, fruit, crackers), etc.
Special Events (after): Snacks and beverage after program. 
Contact: Rhonda Gomez
Telephone: 484-919-0820 Email: sugar@tcfvalleyforge.org

The Compassionate Friends Wyoming Valley Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Church of Christ Uniting, 190 South Sprague Avenue, Kingston, PA
Highlights: Special candle lighting program lead by Geri Terrinoni in the beautiful sanctuary of the Church of Christ Uniting.
Special Events (after): Sharing time and refreshments.
Contact: Jack Bert
Telephone: 570-388-6391 Email: matthiask47@frontier.com  

Lebanon County Compassionate Friends Chapter  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Christ Presbyterian Church, 1300 Maple Street, Lebanon, PA
Highlights: Poems, readings, singing, and bagpipes.
Bring: Framed photo or small remembrance of your child (no larger than an 8x10).
Special Events (after): Light refreshments to follow service.
Additional: Please listen to WLBR 1270am if inclement weather or call Donna Wanner at 717-274-2422 for message.
Contact: Donna Wanner
Telephone: 717-274-2422 Email: cristez@yahoo.com

Zion United Church of Christ with The Compassionate Friends Carbon County Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Zion United Church of Christ; 225 Iron Street (Second and Iron Streets), Lehighton, PA
Highlights: Held in conjunction with the Carbon County Chapter of TCF, the program includes music, readings with group participation, and candle lighting. A time of fellowship will follow the ceremony.
Bring: Ornaments for the tree of remembrance, may include your child(ren)'s name and/or photo. You are always welcome to bring refreshments to contribute to our fellowship time.
Special Events (after): Fellowship and light refreshments.
Contact: Lora and David Krum
Email: davelora@ptd.net 

The Compassionate Friends Juniata Valley Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Location: Lewistown Grove Memorial United Methodist Church (lower level), 611 S Main Street, Lewistown, PA
Highlights: Music, poems, candle lighting, and reading of our children's names.
Bring: A self-standing picture or small remembrance of your child to put on the memory table and a favorite snack of your child (optional).
Special Events (after): Light refreshments after service. 
Contact: Dixie
Telephone: 717-248-0664 Email: thejuniatavalleychapteroftcf@gmail.com

Delaney's family, friends, and McKeesport, PA in conjunction with the Worldwide Candle Lighting 

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Location: St. Patrick’s Church, 310 32nd Street, McKeesport, PA
Highlights: We will be reading names of all the children as we do The Compassionate Friends program. All are welcome to come and sing, speak, read a poem, or just tell us about your child.
Bring: Please bring a picture or small remembrance of your child and their favorite snack to share with others.
Special Events (before): Doors open around 6:30 PM. Fellowship with others families after. 
Special Events (after): If you would like you may make a donation in your child’s memory to Beverly’s Birthdays or to the Cheyenne's Project Christmas (they need clothes, food, and toys for the homeless).
Contact: Kelly or Doug Stanczak
Telephone: 412-664-1024 Email: Klcs1@aol.com

Mt. Morris
Butterfly Angels: The McKinley Anne Foundation in conjunction with the Worldwide Candle Lighting  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Mt. Morris Gospel Tabernacle, 103 School Road, Mt. Morris, PA (Take exit 1 on interstate 79. Last exit before WV. If traveling from WV, take a left off the exit. If traveling from the north, take a right off the exit. We will have signs posted.)
Highlights: Brief presentation, reading of children's names, slideshow, readings, and special song selections.
Bring: A table will be available to display a photo of your child and/or a memento.
Special Events (before): Prior to the service and candle lighting at 7:00 PM, we will have an informal registration to make sure we have your child's name for the reading of names during the service. We will also have a few song selections and a brief introduction.
Special Events (after): We will have song selections, poems, readings, and slideshow after the candle lighting. After the service is over we will have a time of fellowship and refreshments that will be provided by "Butterfly Angels."
Additional: If you would like to include your child in the slide show please submit their photo to Elizabeth at elemley@hotmail.com. You can also call the number listed below if you have questions or have trouble sending it. Submissions will be accepted up to the day before the service. When submitting the photo you will need to include your child's name, date of birth and date of passing.
Contact: Elizabeth Shultz
Telephone: 724-986-1874 Email: elemley@hotmail.com

Common Bond Ministry

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Newport Assembly of God Church, 253 N. 6th Street, Newport, PA
Highlights: Special readings, music, each family member has the opportunity to come forward and light a candle and mention their child's name. We have an overhead presentation with each child's photo and information listed. Candles are provided.
Bring: Framed photo or small remembrance for memory table.
Special Events (after): Following the ceremony we have a time of light refreshments and socializing.
Additional: Email a photo with your child's full name, DOB, and memorial date before November 30th. This candle lighting service is for parents that have lost a child. All family members and friends may attend also.
Contact: Jessie
Telephone: 717-589-3549 Email: inhisimage72@earthlink.net

Meeting for Worship with Concern for Our Children

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Germantown Friends Meeting House, 47 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA
Highlights: Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony at 7:00 PM; calling of children's names; invitation to share photo, name, and a favorite story.
Bring: Picture or small remembrance of loved one (optional).
Special Events (before): 6:30 PM - Reception/gathering with light refreshments. 
Special Events (after): Program will end by 8:30 PM with opportunity for a last cup of cider.
Contact: Linda Knapp
Telephone: 215-843-7364 Email: lknapp@netreach.net

West Penn Hospital AngelHeart Bereavement Team

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: West Penn Hospital Auditorium, 4800 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Highlights: Reading of children's names, lighting of candles at 7:00 PM, readings, musical selections, and reception with refreshments to follow.
Bring: All family and friends are welcome to attend, event not just limited to parents.
Contact: Christina Tew
Email: ctew1@wpahs.org

The Compassionate Friends Quakertown Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM (Due to inclement weather, the candle lighting has been rescheduled for December 14, 2013)
Location: First United Church of Christ, 151 S. 4th Street (corner of Park Ave and 4th Street) Quakertown, PA
Highlights: Guest speaker, lighting of candles, special poems, music, and photo slide show of loved ones. (Photo slide show has been completed for this year.)
Bring: Finger food refreshments will be available after candle lighting.
Contact: Darlene Dusza-chapter leader
Telephone: 215-536-0173 leave message Email: tcfquakertownchapter@verizon.net

The Compassionate Friends Southern Berks County Chapter

Date & Time: We have rescheduled our candle light service to Sunday, December 15th, at 7:00 PM at the Reformation Lutheran Church on 3601 Perkiomen Avenue, in Reifton, PA.
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Friend to Friend Grief Support Group/Hospice Chautauqua County

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Praise Fellowship Church, 315 Route 62 North, Russell, PA
Highlights: Guest Speaker: Jamie Probst, readings, music, reading of names, and refreshments.
Bring: Photo or memento of your child, a reading to share (optional).
Special Events (after): Sharing time and refreshments. 
Contact: Carna Pierce
Telephone: 716-485-8737 Email: carnalouise@yahoo.com

The Compassionate Friends Scranton Area Chapter  

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Location: Viewmont Mall (at the entrance to Macys), 100 Viewmont, Scranton, PA
Highlights: Reading of children’s names, our creed, and a poem.
Bring: An ornament if one is not on the tree, a battery operated candle, and a picture or small remembrance if you wish.
Special Events (after): We usually meet in the food court.
Contact: Karen Lillis
Telephone: 570-815-6740 Email: tilly404@verizon.net

The Compassionate Friends Mercer County Chapter (Penn/Ohio Group)

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 2:00 PM
Location: First United Methodist Church, 148 East Shenango Street, Sharpsville, PA
Highlights: Music, program, PowerPoint includes our children's pictures and opportunity to say children’s names, and candle lighting. (The PowerPoint for this year has already been completed.)
Bring: Finger foods to serve following the service.
Special Events (after): Refreshments and fellowship. 
Additional: This group meets the last Monday of the month at Sharon Regional's Diagnostic Center in Hermitage, PA.
Contact: Judy Yorks
Telephone: 330-534-9261 Email: jjjhub@juno.com

Springfield Township

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM Sign-in, 6:45 PM Start Time
Location: Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road, Springfield, PA
Highlights: Poetry readings, music, and reading of children's names.
Bring: Picture or small remembrance for memorial table is optional. White candle optional.
Special Events (before): 6:30 PM to 6:45 PM - There will be a remembrance sheet when you arrive. Please place your loved ones name on the paper, if you would like the name read during the candle lighting.
Special Events (after): Light refreshments.
Contact: Joyce Faragasso
Email: Ja629@hotmail.com

The Compassionate Friends of the Stroudsburg Area

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: Stroudsburg Mall, Route 611, Stroudsburg, PA (Ceremony held by our Remembrance Tree which is located near The Bon Ton this year.)
Highlights: We will have poems read, special music, a slideshow, and reading of our children's names.
Bring: If you would like your child's photo included in the slideshow please email to tmyers1@ptd.net.
Special Events (after): Sharing time and refreshments after ceremony. 
Contact: Teresa Myers
Telephone: 570-839-9612 Email: tmyers1@prd.net

West Grove
The Compassionate Friends Southern Chester County Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:45 PM (Cancelled due to inclement weather.)
West Grove Friends Meeting House, Rt 1 and Harmony Road, West Grove, PA
Highlights: Poems, readings, music, and reading of children's names.
Bring: Please bring a picture or memento of your child to display.
Special Events (before): Register your child before the program in order to have their name read.
Special Events (after): Refreshments will be served after the program.
Contact: Jackie Caleb
Telephone: 610-932-5343 Email: jbcaleb@gmail.com

The Compassionate Friends Greater Johnstown Chapter

Date & Time: December 8, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2201 Graham Avenue, Windber, PA
Highlights: Readings and music followed by reading of children's names and candle lighting.
Bring: Self standing photo no larger than 8x10 and small memento of child's life.
Special Events (after): Time of fellowship and refreshments in church basement. 
Contact: Fran Shuster
Telephone: 814-467-5355 Email: fs5336@comcast.net