A few years ago we decided that we would hold a Christingle service in St Mary the Virgin Church, Chislet. Our first service was attended by probably 20-30 people. Over the last few years we have seen more and more of our community attend this service. Members of the Church community provide refreshments; staff buy the red ribbon and sweets and a parent kindly provided all of the oranges. Children spend the afternoon in school learning about why we celebrate Christingle and then make over 100 Christingles for our evening service. Children learn and prepare readings to tell the story of Jesus’s birth and at the end we all light the Christingles as prayers and blessings are given by members of our church family. Every year it is such a wonderful sight to see the candles lit to represent God’s light. Children, parents and staff as well as members of our church community come together to celebrate, talk and share time together. A huge thank you to all who worked so hard to make this service happen and to all who took part this year.
The celebration is named after the Christingles that are lit during the celebration. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. They have been part of our history for the last 50 years. We ask those who celebrate Christingle to hold a collection to support children and young people in the darkest situations imaginable. We raised money for the Children’s Society.