Posted: 25 November 2016

Christingle Joy at Kingsley School Bideford

Our Christingle Service at Kingsley School has been taking place for over 20 years and it is, together with our infant Nativity service, the highlight of our Autumn Term. It is a time when we can all pause, think about our lives and those of others less fortunate and how we can make the world God has given us a better place. 

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Typically, towards the end of September I begin by counting up the donation candles left over from our previous year’s Christingle Service to see how many I will need for the coming year. I count the candles, rolls of red tape and cocktail sticks – this is the first time I begin to feel that Christmas is not far away! I prepare the posters inviting the families to join the children for the service and put these up around the school. The children are given their donation candles to take home and start encouraging their friends and families to generously donate. These candles are returned to school in Christingle week.

Fun for the whole family

The Christingle Service is a magical time when the children from our Pre-School through to Year 6 join together with their Christingles in a moving service. The families attend the event in large numbers and the whole experience is a very happy event. We use real candles in the Christingles, held securely in an orange, and lit by teachers. The square of kitchen foil below the Christingles helps light up the children’s faces in the darkened school theatre. 

The atmosphere is calm and silent.  We think about our world and our fellow man, whilst the candle flames flicker; we celebrate what God means to us and the world he has given us. We sing Christingle hymns and we talk about how Christingle has evolved and its meaning.

The service leaves us all feeling warm and comforted inside by our beliefs and what the Christingle represents. Afterwards, the children can take their Christingles home, and there is always an extra candle remaining for them to be lit again with their families. 

Donations are collected, counted and forwarded to the Children’s Society. We are thankful for our children and the lives they are able to lead but we are always happy to help those who are in hardship or difficulty.    

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