Sunday, 25 December 2016

The Light of the World

At 4.0 p.m. on Christmas Eve  the church was packed with children and families, as they gathered for the Annual Crib and Christingle service. Children playing Mary and Joseph stood in the stable that had been recently built while videos were played that had been recorded by members of our young people’s group, giving the feelings of the individuals in the Christmas story.

The Christingles – oranges representing the world that God created, with cocktail sticks bearing fruits representing the four seasons with a red ribbon representing Christ’s death on the cross, and a central camera representing Christ as the light of the world – were then distributed and lit, while the lights were turned off. Then we send the carol “O Little town of Bethlehem” which includes the line “In the dark street shineth the everlasting light.”

After drinks and biscuits the adults and youngsters went home to await Christmas.