Christingle At St Mary’s Penzance: Recording

December 10, 2020 December 31, 2020

This year Christmas will be very different for us all. As a cluster of 4 churches, we are curating a Christingle Service at St Mary’s Church in Penzance, which will be live streamed to all the primary schools in the area. We will be serving around 1000 pupils! We can’t meet in the usual way so this will bring together children from around Mounts Bay.

This year the service will be planned and led by year 6 children from St Mary’s C of E School in Penzance, helped by the churches in the Penlee Cluster and the churches of Mounts Bay. It will be live streamed from St Mary’s church on the 10th December at 2.15 pm to local schools, following which it will be available to everyone to watch for 10 days on our website

A Christingle service is orchestrated by The Children’s Society, it is a festive celebration taking place in communities every year. It gets its name from the objects lit during the service – oranges decorated with red tape, sweets and or fruits, and a candle.

During the service each child takes a Christingle, the candles are all lit to create a warm glow symbolising the light of Christ coming to bring hope in our troubled world. They consist of various symbols which help to tell the Christmas story. Can you guess what these symbols might represent? Please do join us by watching the service to find out!

We will be sending kits out to all the children who will then assemble their own Christingle – to comprise an orange, red ribbon, a candle, 4 cocktail sticks and sweet treats, see the picture above.

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