Christingle Service - Sunday 9 December

Each year at All Saints' we hold a Christingle Service which supports the Children’s Society.  This year it is on Sunday 9 December at 10 am.

Money raised through our candle collection helps The Children's Society to support some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our country.  

This is a very special year for Christingle, as it marks 50 years since the first Christingle service in England was held at Lincoln Cathedral on 7 December 1968.

But Christingles themselves actually date back even earlier, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany.  

At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1947, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that comes to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. This was a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon.

In 1968, John Pensom of The Children's Society, known as ‘Mr Christingle’, brought Christingle to this country and introduced it to the Church of England. 

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.

This year we're combining the Christingle event with our toy service where we collect new toys for distribution by the Salvation Army. If you are able to bring a gift we will make sure it goes to a child in need. Thank you.

Join us in our celebration which includes hymns, prayers and stories and of course the lighting of the Christingle oranges for everyone, which remind us that Jesus is a guiding light for us today.  

Because Christingle was specifically created with children in mind, the celebration is a perfect event for families but will be enjoyed by people of all ages.