Our Christingle Service will be held on December 13th at 10am.
“Christingles” have been taking place in England for nearly 509 years, it was in 1747 actually when the idea of the Christingle actually began, in Marienborn, Germany. Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus.
Then at a children’s service he decided how he would give the children a symbol to do this. The symbol was a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon. At the end of the service, whilst the children held their candles, the bishop said the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children’s hearts that theirs like thine become.’
In 1968, John Pensom of The Children’s Society adapted Christingle and introduced it to the Church of England. This involved children decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles.
How to make a Christingle
(Courtesy of BBC Teeside)
Fasten a piece of red sticky tape or ribbon around the middle of the orange.
Cut a small cross in the top of each orange (place it on a tray to catch the juice) and lay a square of silver foil (75mm/3in square) over the cross.
Place a candle on top and wedge it firmly into the orange. The foil will help prevent hot wax running onto a child’s hand.
Load four cocktail sticks with raisins, sultanas, cherries or soft sweets and insert them into the orange around the base of the candle.
Store the Christingles upright in trays in a cool place. It may be necessary to take off a thin slice to form a flat base.
There you go!