The Compassionate Friends (TCF), Wenatchee Valley Chapter was chartered on August 1, 2006 to serve the greater Wenatchee Valley to include:  Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Chelan, Pateros, Bridgeport, Omak, Okanogan, Twisp, Tonasket, Waterville, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Plain, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Soap Lake, and anyone who needs us.



The Compassionate Friends 20th annual

Worldwide Candle Lighting

that their light may always shine


When:      Sunday, December 11, 2016                    Where:    Church of the Nazarene

                    6:30 PM to approximately 8:00 PM                        1011 S. Miller, Wenatchee

Candle lighting begins at 7:00 PM Around the Globe


            The death of a child is devastating and it’s important to the family that the child always be remembered.  That’s why the Wenatchee Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will participate in this annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died.  Our chapter is joining on Sunday, December 11, 2016 with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 20th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world.


            The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.  As candles are lit at 7:00 pm local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.


            With the theme “…that their light may always shine,” the Wenatchee Valley Chapter invites everyone to join with us in this moving tribute.  All family members and friends are welcomed.  The local candle lighting service this year will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the fellowship hall at the Church of the Nazarene, and will feature background music and some brief remembrance readings in addition to lighting candles for all of the children being honored.


            The service will begin at 6:30 pm.  At 7:00 pm a central candle will be lit in honor of all children around the world who have died, after which each participant may light a candle and say aloud the name of the child or children they are honoring.  Candles will be provided.  Once all the candles are lit there will be light refreshments and social time, concluding at about 8:00 pm when the central candle is extinguished.


            Bring photos or small mementos of the child you are honoring to place on a table for others to see.  As with all TCF meetings there is no charge to attend, but donations to support this mission of the Wenatchee Valley Chapter will be gratefully accepted.


We invite you and your family to join us on December 11, 2016.