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Come and sing carols!

Advent is upon us, Christmas is coming! As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus, God on earth with us in human form, the parish is holding a number of carol services so there is plenty of opportunity to sing favourite carols at your nearest church.

First we start with Carols by Candlelight, a lovely service of traditional carols and readings with the church lit by candles.

These will be at 6pm on the following dates:
Sunday 5th St George’s
Friday 10th  St Mark’s
Sunday 12th St John’s

Then join us under the stars for Carols by Starlight in the grounds of each church at 6.30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 15th St George’s
Thursday 16th St John’s
Tuesday 21st St Mark’s

Please join us and sing of the joy and light of the world.

Make a Christingle with us

Come to St Mark’s on Sunday, December 5, at 11am and make a Christingle.

Christingles are a tradition whereby the story of God’s love for the world, shown in Jesus Christ, is told using an orange, a candle, a red ribbon and dried fruits and/or sweets.

Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning:

·  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;

·  The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world.

The word Christingle comes from the German word ‘Christkindl’, meaning ‘Little Christ Child’.

The service has its origin in the Moravian church in the 18th century. The Children’s Society has explored the origins of the Christingle service and its website states: “At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1747, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus, and created a symbol — the Christingle — to do this”.

Christingle services are also a way of raising money and awareness for the Children’s Society which works to support vulnerable children across the  UK. You can find out more here: www.childrenssociety.org.uk/