Ghosts and gouls out as church marks origins of Halloween
ONE Toowoomba church is taking its cues from ancient times and observing All Hallows' Eve with a special service.
St Luke's Church on Herries St will stage a service today from 10.30am to mark the traditional feast.
Reverend Dr Jonathan Inkpin said the service would focus on healing and making "hallow" or holy.
"(It will focus) on coping with death, fears, sorrows and the other darkness of our world. That is, the traditional meaning of the Eve of the ancient feast of All Hallows," Dr Inkpin said.
"It will be a chance to let go and face up to the difficult things in our lives like loss, grief and difficult relationships.
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"Evil does exist but we don't want to let it become something we are obsessed with."
The service will include the lighting of candles for parishioners, or their loved one, who have died.
Dr Inkpin said the candle lighting was an act of bringing "light into the darkness".
"As a church we are looking at new ways in which we can bless the change in seasons and the different times of the year," he said.
"This service will be a chance to a mark and let go of the horrible things that have occurred in the year and celebrate properly at Christmas."