Whether you’ve organising your first Christingle celebration or you've been doing so for years, it’s important to plan well in advance of your event
To help you get started with your preparations, we’ve put together a handy Christingle Organiser’s Pack.
The pack includes a step-by-step guide to organising your Christingle. Including top tips on promoting your event, ideas on what to include in your celebration and useful information about work for you to share with those attending your celebration.
Although there will be a number of things for you to think about when planning your event, the main things to think about are:
Sort out the basics
Picking a time, date and location should always be your first step. You can hold your Christingle service whenever you like – though if you’re holding a celebration in a school, they often make for a great end of term event before everyone breaks up for the Christmas holidays.
Celebrations typically take place between Advent (four weeks before Christmas) and Candlemas (2nd February), but you can hold your event at other times if you wish – we would recommend the autumn and winter months, as the lit candles don’t have quite the same impact in the middle of summer!
If you don’t have the space to host a celebration yourself, why not partner up with your local church or school and see if you can host an event together?
Decide how you’re going to fundraise
All funds raised through Christingle help to make a huge difference to the stories of the children and young people we work with. To make sure that your event has as much impact as possible, it’s important that you take the time to consider exactly how you’re going to fundraise.
You can hold a collection during your celebration using our collection envelopes, give out collection candles, or even do a Christingle cake sale. Remember, you can make your fundraising go even further by encouraging your guests to Gift Aid their donations. If you’re fundraising with a school there are plenty of ways to get the pupils involved in the fundraising too.
Spread the word
We have posters, leaflets and invitations available to help you reach out to your local community and involve as many people as possible – these will be available to order and download from September.
We also have talks and presentations to help you speak to people about our work and the difference that your celebration is making. Don’t forget you can also register your event with us to make it easier for people in your local area to find. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know the date, time and location of your service and we’ll add it to our online map in the weeks before you service takes place.
Gathering your resources
Our full suite of Christingle resources will be available to order for September, so be sure to order your resources as soon as possible to make sure you get them in time for your event.