—27 November, 2016
The christingle brings together a number of Christian ideas:
- the orange represents the world,
- the sweets stuck on four sticks representing the four seasons and the fruits of the earth,
- the red ribbon encircling the orange represents Gods encircling love, and
- the candle represents Christ, the Light of the World, who brings hope to those who live in darkness.
St Stephen and St Agnes hosted its annual Christingle service on Sunday, 27 November, with the children from Trinity St Stephen First School playing a central role. This year’s service was attended by 150 children and another 100 parents, teachers and friends.
Led by Father Ainsley, the children then sang a round to the tune of Frere Jacques:
Someone’s coming, someone’s coming
A baby boy, a baby boy!
Listen to our story, listen to our story
of great joy, of great joy!
After Father Ainsley explained to the children the meaning of the christingle, the children stood in a circle around the church with their candles lit and sang Away in a manger.
Every child was given a cardboard collection candle, in to which pennies and shillings could be collected. The service raised just over £300 for The Children’s Society: quite a haul!
The service ended with the children dancing to the ever popular Christingle Rock, led by Head Teacher, Mrs Louise Lovegrove.