St Helens Church Crib & Christingle Service
What an amazing community service at St Helens Church earlier this evening.
With standing room only so many people from Stapleford packed out St Helens Church for the Crib & Christingle service.
Many thanks to the staff and volunteers for organising a wonderful Christmas evening.
When the lights went out and all you can see is the Children’s faces lit up it really is amazing.
Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’ and it is a symbol of the Christian faith. Lots of churches hold Christingle services around Christmas time.
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.
Following the service many people gathered in the Church yard with their Children to watch Santa and his Sleigh fly over high in the sky.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.