Christingle

Christingle Service at St John’s.

Christingle is a candle-lit, festive celebration that’s perfect for bringing our families and community together.

This celebration is named after the Christingles that are lit during the celebration. Christingles are a tradition which dates back 50 years and they are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Each year at St John’s during the final week of the Autumn term as we begin to celebrate Christmas we think of children and young people who may not be as fortunate as we are, many of whom are in the darkest situations imaginable. As we light our Christingles we remember that God’s light shines even in the darkest of places. During our service we hold invite families to donate money to support ‘The Children’s Society’.

At St John’s our annual Christingle service is a joyful occasion which staff, children and families look forward to we are proud to be part of the one million people sharing in the light of a Christingle each year.  Each year £1.3 million is raised to light up the lives of children and young people between the ages of 10 and 18.

The symbolism of Christingle

Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps Christian’s to remember God’s love for them:

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

The history of the Christingle.

Last year was a very special one for Christingle as it was 50 years since the first Christingle service for The Children's Society was held in this country, at Lincoln Cathedral on 7 December 1968. But Christingles themselves actually go back much further, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany. At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1747, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus.