Welcome: fire safety notice
Introduction and prayers
We call our oranges with ribbon round them and a candle in them ‘a christingle’ They also have 4 cocktail sticks in them. The christingle is a symbol. It helps us think of other things.
The orange represents the world.
Dear God we pray for our world that men and women boys and
girls can live together peacefully and that there will be no
more wars. Amen.
Dear God we pray for children who are sad and lonely in the
world, especially refugees in our country. Amen.
The red ribbon reminds us of Good Friday when Jesus
died at Easter time.
Dear God we pray that you will bring an end to suffering and
that people all over the world may be able to choose their
religion and practice it freely. Amen.
Dear God it is sad when people die, please comfort those who
are sad because a relative or neighbour has died, and please
look after children whose parents have died. Amen.
The cocktail sticks remind us of the four seasons:
spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Dear God, we love to kick leaves in autumn, to make snowballs
in winter, to see the gardens grow in spring and to play in the
sun in summer. Thank you for your world. Amen.
Dear God, please keep safe and warm homeless children who
are scared and frightened. Amen.
The sweets or dried fruit on the cocktail sticks remind us that the things we have to eat come from God, who made the world.
Dear God, thank you for the sun and the rain which make crops
grow, we pray for children who are hungry because bad
weather has spoiled the food their family were growing. Amen.
Dear God, thank you for all the good things which we have to eat. Amen.
The candle reminds us that God helps people find
where they are going by giving them light to see by.
Dear God, we pray for children and grown-ups who have to travel to work or school when it is dark. Please keep them safe when they travel. Amen.
Dear God, thank you for policemen and paramedics and firefighters who keep working even when the weather is bad and it is dark. Amen.
Christmas Carol - with collection for Church
TALK - the work of the Children’s Society
Lord’s Prayer (optional)
Dear God, thank you for loving us, our families and our
friends. Please help the Children’s society to care for other children and help us to care about them too.
Give us joyful hearts and helping hands, that your love may be seen in all we do. Amen.
Dear God, please help the Children’s Society to look after
children who are in danger. Please protect those children
and keep them safe and warm and fed and clothed. Amen.
We remember today in our prayers those children and young
people who are sleeping rough, and those who try and care
for them like the Children's Society. Amen.
Dear God, help us to remember that every child in every town
village and city is loved by you, and precious in your eyes. Help
us to care for them and not to condemn them. Help us make
every child feel wanted and cared for. Amen.
Dear God, thank you that you keep us safe from harm, thank
you that you look after us and that we have family and friends
who care for us. Please help us to remember others who are in
trouble, and please use these gifts to help them. Amen.
Carol - from the Children’s Society web site
Children come and collect their christingles and give their collection for the work of the Children’s Society. When children are back in their places the christingles are lit, we remain seated for the next carol.
A christingle service is a good replacement for a family service just before christmas on a Sunday morning. Ideally it should last no more than 35- 40 minutes. It can also be held at Epiphany (January 6th or the nearest Sunday) or Candlemas (February 2nd or nearest Sunday). Or even on Advent Sunday.
Make sure that your sermon or talk is short and that the carols are well know or are sung to well-known tunes.