Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Christingle

This is a very special year for Christingle, as it marks 50 years since the first service in England at Lincoln Cathedral on 7 December 1968. But Christingles themselves actually date back even earlier, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany.  

At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1947, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. This was a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon. At the end of the service, whilst the children held their candles, the bishop said the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children's hearts that theirs like thine become.’ 

How Christingle came to the UK

In 1968, John Pensom of The Children's Society adapted Christingle and introduced it to the Church of England. This involved children decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles.  

Christingle brings sanctuary to the lives of children who feel unsafe 

Over 50 years we have helped more than a million children and young people. 

Will you celebrate 50 years of Christingle with us? 

We make it so easy to hold a Christingle celebration, providing everything you need to organise and run a magical, memorable event.  And this year we’ve created a special new suite of free resources to help your church make this the best Christingle ever. The resources include bespoke Christingle worship and prayer guides, as well as lots of fun games and craft activities for children, and they’ll be available to your church this autumn.  

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