Posted: 14 November 2016

Open the doors to your Christingle and spread hope in your community

Reaching out to people on the fringes is at the heart of the Gospel; bringing those on the outside in, and those who were once far away, near. By opening the doors to your Christingle this year, you can spread the hope of Christ even further and reach those who may seem unreachable – in your community and across our country. 

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One of the things I love most about Christingle is the opportunity that it gives us to reach out to people we probably wouldn’t normally see in church and share the amazing news of God’s love and the hope we have in Christ  - and all with an orange! For children and adults alike, going to a Christingle service may be one of their first experiences of going to church and gives people the opportunity to create warm memories that they can share together as a family. (Like the time that granddad set fire to his own scarf. Thankfully he was ok, though his scarf was a bit worse for wear…)

Sharing the Gospel

We have to remember that the Gospel is for everyone. It’s not our party, it’s God’s party and everyone is invited. Jesus died once, and once for all so that we could all be brought out of the darkness and into the glorious light of his hope. There are people in our communities that need to hear that, and children and young people across the country who need to know it too.

And that’s why taking part in Christingle is so important. The funds raised at these services are vital in supporting the work of The Children’s Society as they reach out to help the most vulnerable children in this country that get lost and forgotten and feel like the darkness has overcome them. By supporting children and young people in our communities who are often facing harrowing and complex issues, The Children’s Society shines a light of hope in the darkest corners, and it’s a light that goes on long after Christingle is over. The oranges will be thrown away, the sweets will get eaten, but the light of hope that we are called to be in our world will continue to last.  

This great opportunity for evangelism is easy to organise with help from The Children’s Society. Simply register your Christingle event online and the lovely people at The Children’s Society will promote it on their online map, helping you reach even more people in your community and raising even greater awareness about the issues that children and young people are facing.

Kate’s top tips for creating a Christingle that’s memorable (for the right reasons)

  1. Stay safe - Singed hair and splintered fingers aren’t fun. Use The Children’s Society’s safety poster to help you and your congregation stay safe during your celebration. (It’s usually not the children you have to worry about at Christingle, but the grown-ups!).
  2. Invite people -Schools, Scouts, Brownies, the local butcher – invite as many people as you can think of. The Children’s Society even have invitations and posters to help. Plus, you can promote your event on their online map by visiting childrenssociety.org.uk/together.
  3. Take pictures. Lots of pictures. - What better way to remember the joy of your service than by taking photos and videos? You can share them on Twitter @childrensociety or Facebook at facebook.com/childrenssociety. Just make sure you have permission.
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