light the christingle candle,
hear the Christmas Story,
join with family and friends.
usually at 3:30pm & 5:00pm
Contact the Minister for further information or phone 07555 705530
The Christingle has its origins in a Moravian children’s service held in a castle in Germany on Christmas Eve in 1747. The bishop conducting the informal service gave each child a lighted candle, tied with a red ribbon, in memory of the Saviour’s coming which he said has kindled a flame in each heart which keeps burning “to His joy, and our happiness”. Much later, this simple candle was replaced by a more elaborate Christingle which is rich in symbolism.
For many years churches all over the world have made Christingles to remind them that Christ is the light who came into the world at Christmas. At Christ Church we have been inviting families of all ages to celebrate Christmas in this way for over 20 years.
The Christingle orange represents the world, John reminds us that “Jesus was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognise Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him”. (Jn 1 v 10 – 11).
The fruits and sweets on the four skewers represent God’s gifts to us, the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease”. (Gen 8 v 22).
The lighted candle, pushed into the centre of the orange, represents Christ, the light of the world. “He [Jesus] said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.” (John 8 v 12).