Christmas Childrens Candlelit Service 4pm

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Christmas Childrens Candlelit Service 4pm

Childrens Society Christingle

What is Christingle?
Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope.

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

There is no one way to hold a Christingle celebration. From socially distanced gatherings, to intimate events online, last year showed us how communities can come together to Christingle safely in new and innovative ways.

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

During the service, each person takes a Christingle and the candles are all lit to create a warm, magical glow symbolising the light of Christ and bringing hope to people living in darkness.

Christingles are made using oranges and a few other bits, as you choose. You light the candle at the end of a service to spread a magical glow around everyone.

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