Come to Christingle this Sunday at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, at 11am.
Christingle is a celebration that takes place sometime between the beginning of December and February 2.
We create ‘Christingles’ out of oranges, sweets and dried fruit stuck in them using cocktail sticks, red ribbon around the oranges and a candle which we light. At this point, Bob, the churchwarden who is also responsible for health and safety, looks anxious and claims we are going to burn the church down but he’s joking (aren’t you Bob?!), but we are always safe.
The orange represents the world, the red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ, the sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations, and the lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
There are prayers and songs and a lot of fun and it’s aimed at everyone in the family. Come along at 11am, join in and also raise money for the charity The Children’s Society.
Come and make your Christingle at St Mark’s Church on 3rd December at 11am. If you can, bring a new toy as a gift to be shared with families who won’t be able to afford many toys this Christmas.
The Christingle has become an established part of the Christmas season – although it isn’t actually about Christmas. I reckon that, in our Parish, we have the earliest Christingle, the very start of Advent at St. Mark’s and the latest, Candlemas, at St. George’s.
This year, at St. George’s, not only did everyone have the opportunity to make their own Christingle, we also took it one step further. The whole congregation, like the orange, symbolised the world. Poles with representations of God’s creation, all good things and the seasons, were held up by children, standing to the north, south, east and west. Balls of red wool were passed around and held by everyone, encircling us all, to symbolise God’s blood, which was shed for us all. The Easter candle was moved to the centre of the Church, symbolising God’s light, shining upon us all – and a piece of tin foil was held up to show how it reflects the light – just as each one of us is called to reflect a power which is God’s radiance.
The Parish band played, we sang hymns full of light and the Church felt full of the Holy Spirit.
Photo Credit – Georgie Fry
Christingle services have been taking place all over the country for the past 47 years. In that time, Christingle has grown to become an incredibly popular event, embraced by people from all areas of society. The services include songs and prayers, as well as a collection to help support The Children’s Society, so that they can keep working with some of the country’s most disadvantaged children.
The highlight of the Christingle service involves the lighting of the Christingle candles. You can see what a Christingle looks like above. It is a great way to teach children the story of the gospel and its significance to Christians.
At St Mark’s the Christingle Service this year will be on 29th Nov at 11am and at St George’s it will be celebrated on 31st January during the Family Praise Service at 11:30am.