What is a Christingle?

Ever wandered what a Christingle and Christingle Service is? Well wonder no more!

The Christingle

A Christingle, meaning 'Christ's Light', is a symbolic object to help children understand the importance of Jesus and the Gospel. 

Each Christingle is made up of different parts:
An Orange - this is to represent the world
A Red Ribbon (or sometimes red tape or paper frill) - this is a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ and his love for us
Sweets and Dried Fruit (on four cocktail sticks) - these represent the fruits of the earth and the four seasons
A Lit Candle - which represents the light of Jesus in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

The Christingle Service

This is a service aimed at Children although can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They come in many different formats but usually include carols or hymns, prayers, readings and a nativity.

At St Stephen's we enjoy an enthusiastic and vibrant service and encouage Children, and adults too, to dress as one of the Nativity characters.

Click here for more information about the times of our Christmas Services.