Posted: 15 November 2016

When we sing Christingle at our school

Every year schools up and down the country celebrate Christingle. St Nicholas School in Blackpool is one of them, and has shared their story with us here. 

 

Christmas at St Nicholas School is always a special occasion as we remember the patron saint of our school just before Christmas, and remember the good that St Nicholas did in supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. 

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At St Nicholas Church of England Primary School we celebrate Christingle in the two weeks which lead up to the school closing for the Christmas break and it is usually Year 3 or Year 4 who lead us in our Christingle worship.

Celebrating at school

For many years we celebrated Christingle in our old church but attempted to hold this in our new school when the church was demolished. Unfortunately, the high tech smoke detection in the school hall proved to be a bit of a barrier once our candles were lit! So we’ve since moved the service to our new church which is the joint benefice of St Christopher and St Nicholas.

Our Christingle service is truly a community service which brings the whole school community together and for many, signals the beginning of the Christmas period. Wherever we meet, the church is always full and it gives the school and church an opportunity to bring the light of Christ into the lives of all in our community.

Getting everyone involved

Historically church members and governors come together to share the meaning of Christingle with the children as they make the Christingles for our service. It is truly a wonderful opportunity for the church community to share their love of Christ with the children who are growing in their own faith.

A local supermarket usually provides our oranges free of charge and the children are made aware of what each aspect of the Christingle symbolises.

Muffled up against the cold, our school community meets and we sing joyfully to take away the darkness and cold. However, when we sing our hymn Sing Christingle the lights go out and the light of our Christingle illuminates the church and the children’s faces. I often tell the children that it is when it is most dark, that the light of Christ shines in our lives most brightly and this moment seems to epitomise those sentiments most clearly.

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