Posted: 26 August 2014

Flicker of hope: We can help plan your Christmas activities

Once again, the time of year is approaching when supporters like you start to light up the night with our Christingle services, and help to turn vulnerable children’s stories from one of poverty and harm to happiness and safety.

Every church or school celebrates Christingle differently – there might be songs, prayers or performances – but the principle remains the same: children have fun making Christingles using oranges, candles, red ribbons and sweets, while learning about what each part means to Christians.

(The orange represents the world, the red ribbon is the blood of Christ, the sweets symbolise the fruits of the earth and the four seasons, while the candle is Christ as the light of the world.)

And by including a charity collection for The Children’s Society, these celebrations also raise vital funds, helping us to provide support for more disadvantaged children – children like Chanel, eight, who told us: ‘Mum and Dad usually only eat one meal a day just to make sure us kids can eat.’

The Children’s Society introduced Christingle to the Church of England in 1968, and it has since become one of the most popular family events in the church calendar.

Join in

Margaret is just one of hundreds of supporters who organised a Christingle celebration last year, and she can’t wait to do it again.

She said: 'It is one of the only services where four generations of the same family come to worship together. I thought it was amazing!' There are 5000 Christingle events happening across the country this winter, or if, like Margaret, you’d like to start your own event there are opportunities as well.

By joining in with the Christingle celebrations, sharing children’s stories and donating through your local event, you will be helping us to change children’s futures.

Besides Christingle, there are lots of other ways to get involved and transform a child’s story...

Christmas cards

Spread some festive cheer and make a difference to children living in poverty. You’ll find our Christmas card catalogue included with your magazine, or visit the website to order your cards online.

Christmas carols

Pick a date, choose a venue and gather together to sing your favourite Christmas carols, while hosting a collection for the charity. You can sing at church, hit the streets, or sing door-to-door. Our resources make organising your event easy. Visit

Running challenges

There are many challenges you can take part in to help raise funds, from 10km runs to trekking mountains or skydiving.

Hold your own Do

Across the country, generous supporters like you are Do-ing their own thing for us to help raise vital funds. Register your event and get your free Do-ers guide.

Get baking and brewing all year round

From coffee mornings with your church or group to bake sales at work – Bake And Brew is a great way to have cake-filled fun while raising money for The Children’s Society. And you don’t need to wait until September, you can hold an event any time that suits you. Every penny you raise helps us to support the country’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Our top tips for a successful event

Use the free materials available to order or download from our website. There are posters, recipes, quizzes and much more to help get your event off to a flying start. Sell extras, such as home-made jam, plants, books or bric-a-brac to help boost the amount of money you raise. Set up a page so your guests can donate online– and those who are unable to attend can still support your event with a donation.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team