Christingle Service

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On Monday 5th December, 80 students took part in the Christingle Service held in the school hall.

In preparation for the service, during lunch time, over 50 students attended the Christingle workshop led by prefects. Students made their Christingles ready to use in the service.

Thank you to Rev. Richard Dormandy, Vicar of Holy Trinity, who led our very first Christingle Service. During the service, he reminded us of what each part of the Christingle represents in relation to the world that Jesus made.

  • 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 around the 'world' and, being the colour of blood, reminds Christians that Jesus died

  • The four cocktail sticks could have one 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.

Our reading came from John 15:9-14

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

Our Prayers were led by students from Years 9 and 10:

O Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, "I am the light of the world", grant that we may bring light, hope and happiness to people around us who face particular darkness or need; help all of us to be inspired by your understanding and strengthened by your grace.

For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends and neighbours, and for all those who are alone.
Lord in the darkness,
Come shine Your light.

For the victims of hunger, fear and injustice;
For those who have been displaced due to war or conflict and are now refugees,
Lord in the darkness,
Come shine Your light.

For those in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the lonely, and the needy.
For our own needs and for the needs of others,
Jesus you are the light of the world,
Come shine Your light on us all,