For many, it’s the Christmas service of the year. An opportunity to bring together family members of all ages, invite neighbours and friends and enjoy an hour or so of festive cheer, perhaps a mince pie (or two) and be reminded of the story of Christmas once again through the interactive Christingle service.
But what does each element of the Christingle mean? And how can you lead a Christingle service in your church?
The 8 steps to a Christingle service
Gather together - you might want to set up “stations” to work at and create the Christingles, less formal seating is helpful for this kind of service.
Sing some songs - the louder the better
Talk about what each element means - this is a great opportunity to get everyone involved by asking them what they think they symbolise:
The Orange - is round and represents the world
Cocktails sticks - Point North, South, East and West and also represent the four seasons
Fruit or sweets - Represent the ‘fruits of the earth’ and God’s creation.
Red ribbon - the ribbon goes all around ‘the world’ and is a symbol of the blood of Jesus, shed for us when he died
Candle - the candle stands tall and represents that Jesus is the light of the world
Make the christingles - see instructions below
Light the Christingles - Make sure everyone is aware of health and safety and keep an eye out for little hands that like to grab! Drip shields are great for avoiding hot wax on skin!
Pray together and maybe sing a quiet song
Spend time together - after the service why not use this as an opportunity for fellowship? Perhaps everyone could stay and enjoy a meal together or just hot drinks and festive treats. Whatever you decide enjoy the time with friends old and new.
Looking for more resources for your Christingle? We’ve got your supplies sorted here.
And don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished Christingles on twitter - @edencouk
December 12th, 2016 - Posted & Written by Laura White