This morning I [Rev. Ben] was invited to take the Christingle services at Wormley Primary School this morning. What a magical time it was, a wonderful way to end the term and celebrate Christmas together. For those who don’t know what Christingles are about, they’re a symbolic reminder of what Christmas is about – you can find out more here.
- The orange reminds us of the world that God made and loves.
- The sticks and fruits/sweets remind us of all of God’s creations (although sometimes they can represent the four corners of the earth, or the four Gospels, or harvest).
- The candle reminds us of Jesus, ‘the light of the world’, sent to reveal God and his love to us.
- The red ribbon, the blood of Jesus shed at Easter through which our brokenness is fixed and our wrongdoing forgiven, enabling us to be reconciled to God and each other.
Combined with a rope trick, this made a beautiful and perfect way to explore the true meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas to all the pupils and staff at Wormley, and thank you for making me feel such a part of the school family. See you in 2024!