Christingle provides a fantastic opportunity to bring your school together and help transform vulnerable children’s lives

Group of school girls holding christingle candles

As well as being a great end of term event for your whole school to enjoy, the themes which surround Christingle are great for helping to engage and inspire pupils in RE lessons. 

Find out more about celebrating Christingle in your school and what other schools have to say.

Christingle in the classroom

To help you make the most of the teaching opportunities that Christingle brings, we’ve created a number of resources for you to use with KS1, KS2 and KS3 pupils. The resources were written by our friend and colleague Gillian Georgiou, RE Adviser for the Diocese of Lincoln.

See our teaching resources.

Making your Christingle count

As well as inspiring your pupils to help other children, fundraising through your Christingle celebrations provides a practical way for your school to make a difference to children across the country.

find out what other schools have to say

We've gathered a handful of top ideas for fundraising at your school:

Give a collection candle to each pupil several weeks before your main Christingle celebration

This is a great way to help pupils play their part in helping children and sharing what they’ve learned with their families -  just be sure to remind pupils to bring them back! Alternatively, you could place one candle in each classroom and run a competition to see which class can fill their collection candle the greatest number of times.

Invite parents to your Christingle event and hold a collection during the celebration

Give out collection envelopes to parents either before or on the day of your Christingle celebration. You could send the envelopes out with your school newsletter and ask the children to bring them back in time for your celebration.

Hold a 'wear orange' day

Encourage staff and pupils to get into the Christingle spirit by switching their normal uniform for something orange. Ask everyone to make a donation of £2 and your school will soon have made a big difference to our work. 

 


What other schools have said about Chistingle

Mrs Hutson, Head Teacher, St Augustine’s C of E Primary School

'Our school has been taking part in Christingle for over 40 years. From my experience of holding Christingle services with our church, it brings a wonderful sense of community and the realisation that with this coming together and celebration we can do something to help others.

'It brings a wonderful sense of community'

'My advice for anyone holding a Christingle service at school is to just go for it. There is no better feeling than having the whole school getting involved as well as the inspiration it gives to the children and the whole community that attend the service.'

Linda Perkins, Head Teacher, St Mary’s CE (VC) Primary School

We’ve been taking part in the Christingle Service since 2009 when I became Head Teacher. Everyone loves the service because everyone is involved! Parents and carers provide the oranges, and we provide the tape, cocktail sticks and sweets. The service is magical, especially when the church is in darkness, the candles are lit and the children sing 'Away in a Manger'.

'Everyone loves the service because everyone is involved'

'The Christingle is an excellent way of linking church and school and links to our Christian ethos of helping people in need through charities.'

Amanda Skidmore, Head Teacher, St Mary’s Albrighton

'Christingle is a real family occasion with younger siblings participating in the service (we always make extra Christingles for them!) and parents also enjoy it too.

'Some of the older children who have left the school also attend the service, so it’s a really great opportunity to catch up with them. Children take part in the readings and we have learnt the Christingle songs in our hymn practice, ready to sing in church - 'Sing Christingle' is a particular favourite!

'The look on the children’s faces and the real sense of belonging'

'My favourite part of the service is when everybody stands in a big circle around the edge of the church and we turn off the lights and light the candles. Many of the children say that this is their favourite visit to the church! I would encourage anyone who is thinking about organising an event to go ahead - the look on the children’s faces and the real sense of belonging to a wider Christian community, as well as raising vital funds for charity work really do make it all worthwhile!

Barbara Sands, Hopelands Preparatory School, Stonehouse

'Our PTA provide an orange for every child, the foil, cocktail sticks, raisins and all the sweets to decorate the Christingles. (A small tip: jelly sweets work best. Dolly Mixtures split when you spear them onto a cocktail stick - the children love to eat the rejects but it leaves some Christingles looking sparse!)  The day before the service parent helpers come in to help the Christingle production line go smoothly and do all the knife-wielding, cutting holes in the top of the oranges.

'Everyone leaves with a warm feeling and in a thoroughly Christmassy mood'

'There is great anticipation around the choice of the Christingle Angel.  It is a Year 2 child, who wears an angel costume with tinsel and fake-candle bedecked head-dress, ready to process from the back of the church, carrying a lit Christingle orange.  An opportunity for a less-confident child, because they can feel important, yet there is nothing to say; perhaps a child who’s having a difficult time.  They simply receive the filled collection boxes at the altar, in exchange for a Christingle orange.  

'Building charitable giving into your school’s Christmas traditions is great, and this is a particularly enjoyable yet thought-provoking way to do it.  Everyone leaves with a warm feeling and in a thoroughly Christmassy mood.'