Christingle

Crib Service & Christingle -  24th December

Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope. Because of COVID restrictions, we are unable to hold our normal service, so instead - this year you can visit St Nicholas on the 19th December and collect your "Make Your Own" Christingle. 

 

What is Christingle?

Christingle celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the ceremony. Christingles are oranges wrapped in red tape, decorated with sweets, with a candle on the top.

There is no one way to hold a Christingle celebration. From large gatherings in churches and schools, to intimate events online, outdoors and sometimes even forests. People typically sing Christmas carols, come together in prayer and have fun.

Christingles are usually held from the start of December to Christmas (Advent to Candlemas), with Christmas Eve a particularly popular time for services. But you can host one whenever you like.

 

What does the Christingle mean?

Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:

  • 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, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

 

Content: Thanks to the Childrens Society www.childrenssociety.org.uk


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