120 children and their parents attended the joint St Mark’s and St Margaret’s Christingle service. St Margaret’s was packed and beautiful. There were carols. The crib contents were hidden around the church beforehand and as vicar Jerry told the Christmas story the children hunted and the ‘finders’ placed the relevant piece in the crib: Mary, Joseph, the Christ-child, Shepherds, Wise Men, donkey, and lamb. Then the Christingles were distributed and everyone stood in a huge circle around the church. The candles were lit, the lights went out, and the children sang ‘Away in a Manger’. It was so moving.
The orange represents the earth; the red ribbon tied around the orange symbolises Christ’s Sacrifice; the Candle represents Christ as Light of the World; and the fruits/sweets on sticks represent the fruits of the earth. 136 Christingles were lovingly made by the ladies of st Margaret’s.