Church News | Sunday, 28 January 2018 |
Once again, we were treated to a wonderful Christingle service… Revd Julie read the Gospel reminding us yet again of the celebration of Mary and Joseph presenting the baby Jesus to the temple, where upon Simeon foretold the life and fate of Jesus. Revd Julie in her address then explained a little of the history of the Christingle telling us that it first appeared in Germany in 1747 and it wasn’t until around 1958 that the Christingle appeared in England representing the Christian Charity of The Children’s Society who help and support vulnerable children.
Revd Julie, received some help from our children interpreting the different elements of the Christingle then with help from Revd Anne, she made a human Christingle starting with the ‘world’ – A poor gentleman in the congregation was obliged to don an orange coloured tee-shirt and stand holding masses of waste plastic that our world is being immersed in. We then had a young lady who represented the seasons with different types of summer, winter etc., hats, then another young lady who was laden with food to represent all the good things God gives us alongside a second young lady who held an empty bowl, representing those who have nothing. We then had a lovely family come up to represent family life that doesn’t always go to plan, hence the need for 'The Children’s Society’. A candle was lit to represent Jesus the light of the world and was held within the human Christingle and all was finally bound together with red wool representing the blood of Jesus that was shed for each one of us.
Once the human Christingle had disentangled themselves from the blood-red that binds us all we sat and enjoyed the Puppet Crew who performed a beautiful song called ‘Light of the World’ by Lauren Daigie, again showing us all the different elements of the Christingle. After a hymn and prayers, we all lined up to get our beautiful lit Christingle, whilst Jill played the organ. Finally, we raised our Christingles on high whilst we sang the last two hymns… ‘Christ be our light’ and ‘Shine Jesus Shine’. Ah beautiful…
It was Revd Carolyn I believe who thanked all the people who came along the day before, Saturday, to make up well over a hundred Christingles which enabled many to take another Christingle or so for their grandchildren or people who could not attend this lovely service.
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