End of Term & Christingle
On the day we break up for Christmas we hold our glorious Christingle service at St Giles Church. Every child at St Giles has made a christingle and we want to share the highlights of the service with you. Our Christingle service really encompasses the true meaning of Christmas.
What is the meaning behind the Christingle?
Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’ and it is a symbol of the Christian faith. Lots of churches hold Christingle services around Christmas time. The custom of giving out lighted candles in these services began in Germany in 1747 but it wasn't introduced to the Anglican Church in England until 1968.
Christingles are made up of different parts, each one being there to remind us of something.
The orange represents the world.
The candle reminds Christians of Jesus who they believe to be the light of the world.
The red ribbon goes all round the 'world' and being the colour of blood, reminds Christians that Jesus died.
The four cocktail sticks could have either of two meanings; the four seasons or the four corners of the world.
The sweets (or sometimes dried fruit) remind Christians of God's gifts to the world including kindness and love.
The foil is only there to catch waxy drips from the candle.
The School choir sung as people entered St Giles Church
The lights were lowered and the Christingles lit while Away in a Manger was sung.
We wish you a Happy Christmas. Not all of us made it to the last day and we wish you all a healthy Christmas too.
Finishing the Festive fun here is the finale of the Class 3 Ukulele Christmas Concert.
See you all in the New Year.