2nd - What is a Christingle
For some people, the church can be a bit like a Tardis: it’s much bigger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside. We know our particular church building, squeezed between York Road and Mount Hermon Road in Woking, is a bit like that. It’s almost invisible from the road but, for those who step inside, there is a whole community which comes together, worships together, supports each other and serves our wider community.
In this series for Advent we want to open some windows so everyone can see a bit more of who we are and what goes on in a church like ours.
It’s a strange looking object, isn’t it? An orange with a red ribbon wrapped round it, four cocktail sticks threaded with sweets and, to top it off, a candle.
Here at St Mary of Bethany Church we’re coming together tomorrow, Sunday 2nd December, to mark the start of Advent with a Christingle service. Christingles, full of symbolism, are always popular with children and are a great way to tell the Christian story.
The round orange represents our world while the red ribbon tied around it symbolises the love of Christ which surrounds us.
The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
Finally, the lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
Through Advent we’ll be holding a number of special services like this one, some with carols, some with candlelight, some giving space to reflect and find peace. So, if you’d like to join us tomorrow, or at one of the other services, you’d be very welcome. You can find a list of all our Christmas services here.