CHRISTINGLE SERVICE 11 DEC 16

Gordon Chapel held it’s annual Christingle Service on Sun 11 December.  The church was packed with children and the young at heart – over 100 people attended.   The audio video link allowed the people downstairs in the Parish Room to follow and take part in the the service.

As people arrived at the church they were welcomed and given a Service Booklet together with a Christingle.

There were carols and songs and a demonstration of making a Christingle but using a pumpkin.

It was a wonderful ecumenical service with members from the local churches and schools and the prayers were read by local children.  The traditional lessons were read by Colin Hanover (Salvation Army) and Kay Griffin (St Mary’s RC Church).

Amy Stewart played the organ and piano and brought along a group of young musicians to accompany the singing.

The singing was great and a wonderful friendly feeling was felt at the service – thank you to all who came and made it such a wonderful occasion.

The Christingle Candles were lit and the lights turned out creating a wonderful candlelit atmosphere whilst we sang ‘Away in a Manger’.   A photograph of the church lit only by candles is shown below.  Thanks to Brian for taking the photographs.

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Demonstration on how to make a Christingle and the symbolic meanings to the parts – no it’s not a giant orange – we used a pumpkin.

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A collection was taken and will be sent to The Children’s Society and The Aberlour Trust.  The amount raised was £214.17.

Special mention must be made of Tesco who kindly donated the oranges and sweets for the service, this was co-ordinated by their ‘Community Champion’ Lynda Glennie.  Thank you.

JL