Braving the snow and difficult travelling conditions over 130 people, children, parents and grandparents joined together to celebrate Christingle. Rev Dave Bell led the service and he explained that the Christingle service celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help children understand the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time.
- The orange represents the world
- The red ribbon around the orange 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
Before each child received their Christingle the congregation were
entertained by a choir of children from Silsoe Lower led by Katie Shattock and Carrie Steer. Their performances were warmly applauded and all the children were pleased to receive their lighted Christingle.
The collection from the service goes to the Children’s Society to help their work with vulnerable children.