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Christingle Service

Please see the Service Rota for details

Local children and their families will be taking part in The Children's Society's Christingle service at - Please see the Service Rota for details . Money raised will help runaways and children forced from home to have somewhere safe to go and someone sound to turn to. If you would like to join in this magical candle-lit church service or want more information please contact the Rector.

As part of the charity's year long Safe and Sound campaign Christingle services will be helping to raise valuable funds and awareness for the campaign. The Children's Society wants to ensure that shelter and protection are available to all children who are living on the streets and offered to those at risk of running away. The charity is calling for all local authorities to provide a safe place for these children.

The Christingle service aims to raise £100 for The Children's Society. We will be joining 5,000 other churches and schools across the country to raise £1million to help the charity continue its good work.

At the service, children will make a Christingle - an orange bearing a candle, red ribbon and decorated with sweets. The highlight of the service is when all the Christingle candles are lit, shining light into darkness.

Each year The Children's Society helps over 50,000 children and young people through its 90 projects across the UK. It helps children at risk on the streets; children in trouble with the law; young refugees; children with disabilities. Please help us support the work of the charity by attending our service. You can be sure of a warm welcome. We look forward to seeing you all there.

The Christingle

This is a service for everyone, family, friends and neighbours. If you have organised or attended a Christingle service before you will already know what a lovely service it is. If you have never attended one, let us briefly explain what it is all about. The 'Christingle', which symbolises the light of Christ's love, is a lighted candle mounted in an orange, which has a red ribbon or tape around it. Also surrounding the orange are four cocktail sticks, each bearing dried fruits or sweets. The orange represents the world and the candle symbolises Jesus the light of the world. The red ribbon or tape identifies with the blood of Christ, who shares in the suffering of the whole world. The fruits and sweets are symbolic of God's Creation and His love for us. The most moving and memorable part of the service is when all the Christingles are lit; illuminating faces, and making every child look angelic! It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Christ's love and spread a bit of that to families who may not come to church regularly. But most importantly it is a great opportunity for everyone to come together to do something extremely worthwhile - raising money for The Children's Society.

Additional Information

For more information about The Children's Society please call the media office on 020 7841 4423 or visit the website at

The Children's Society is a national children's charity working with over 50,000 children and teenagers every year, in 90 towns and cities. It works in partnership with communities, schools and families. It helps; children at risk on the streets, children in trouble with the law, young refugees and children with disabilities. It is a voluntary organisation of the Church of England.

Christingle is one of the most popular children's services in Britain also enjoyed by adults. Nearly a million children take part in the celebration during the traditional period - November to February. Christingle is a custom of the Moravian Church and originated in 1747. It was introduced to the Anglican Church by The Children's Society in 1968.

Christingle originated in the Moravian Church in 1747.
All proceeds go to The Children's Society
Charity Registration No. 221124

Last Modified Sunday 25 March 2012