The Children’s Society, previously Church of England Children’s Society, helps vulnerable children of all faiths and no faith including those at risk on the streets, young refugees, disabled, young carers and those within the youth justice system.
Important areas currently include:
- young runaways and refugees
- ensuring individual disabled children are given a voice
- providing expert services in the area of youth justice
- schools work, children’s centres and mentoring schemes,
- providing support for Traveller and Gypsy children
- giving advice to children and young people who are affected by adult drug and alcohol misuse and to young carers.
St Mary’s has been supporting the Children’s Society for many years now by individual collecting boxes and our annual carol singing. We hope to extend this to include other fundraising activities during the next year.
In 2012, we held our first Christingle service for many years. This year we will be holding this on Sunday 8th December at 3pm and hope to see many children and families from our church and local communities supporting this event. See opposite for an explanation of Christingle and its meaning. We will need to assemble the Christingles in advance. Any offers of help with this would be much appreciated.
Children’s Society Co-ordinator for St Mary’s
Tel: 07956 655037 Email [email protected]
Christingle Service – Sunday 8th December, 3pm
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 originates from the Moravian Church in Germany in 1747 but they weren’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 whilst the candle is to remind us of Jesus because Christians believe Jesus to be the light of the world. The red ribbon goes all round the ‘world’ and reminds Christians that Jesus died because it represents the blood of Jesus. 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) are to remind us of God’s gifts to the world including kindness and love. The foil is merely there to catch the waxy drips from the candle and does not have a meaning.