13 Dec 2011

Children from 21 schools across London, including young people William Thariyan and Katie Williams (photo), attended our flagship Christingle service last week at Westminster Abbey.

The service marked the start of this year's Christingle fundraising appeal, which supports young runaways and our Make Runaways Safe campaign.

Christingle is a candlelit celebration that features songs, prayers, perfomances and a collection that aids our charity. All schools invited to the ceremony gave their offerings at the holiday service.

'All the children and staff enjoyed themselves'

Children from The Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon and St John the Baptist Junior School in Hampton Wick gave readings during the service. All children sang hymns, including Shine Jesus Shine and This Little Light of Mine.

Miss Joanna Gay, deputy headmistress of The Study Preparatory School said: 'All the children and staff enjoyed themselves and we were very proud of our readers. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.'

The Revd Michael Macey, Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey and the Revd Rob Wickham, Rector of St John’s Hackney led the Christingle service. 

We thank Mothers' Union and their friends who made the Christingles for the children. We also thank Traidcraft for donating the raisins and sweets, Banner for donating the service sheet printing, Spitalfields Market for donating the oranges and Duni Ltd for their donation of cocktail sticks.

Photo service

Please enjoy these photographs from our Christingle service.

Christingle Service Westminster Abbey

Christingle Service Westminster Abbey

Our 'Kate and Wills' are Katie Williams from Wimbledon Park Primary School and William Thariyan from Eaton House The Manor.

William and Katie attend The Children's Society Christingle service at Westminster