Christingle Service

In addition to the usual morning service today this afternoon there will be the Annual Christingle Service when the Sunday School present their nativity play to a church full of anxious Mums and Dads, grandparents and other relatives all hoping little Tommy or Freda does not forget their lines!
The Christingle service is always a special service. A sign that Christmas is almost upon us once again but I have to admit that as one of the Churchwardens I am always relieved when it’s over. As part of the service the children receive an orange with a lit candle in the middle and four dolly mixtures on cocktail sticks. The idea is to use the decorated orange as a teaching aid to help explain to children the meaning of Christmas. All those lit candles and small children! After the Christingle hymn has been sung with the main lights off so the church is illuminated just with the Christingle candles the candles are extinguished and I can breathe a little easier.
The collection is taken in aid of The Children’s Society and more can be read about the charity and Christingle here

Christmas Begins

I have really begun to experience the build up to Christmas this weekend. Yesterday Susan had me helping clean/tidy the house and put up one of our Christmas trees ( a task which I do enjoy but seems to take an inordinate amount of time ). Yesterday evening we attended a Cocktail Party held to raise funds in aid of Bury Hospice.

Today after the usual service at church this morming Sue and I went up to the Christmas market at Ramsbottom. It was really busy and there were lots of festive gifts and produce. I particularly enjoyed my cup of soup- Santa’s Chestnut Surprise! I don’t recall that I have ever had chestnut soup before.

This afternoon the Christmas theme continued with the Christingle Service at St. Anne’s. The special service marked the debut of the new Junior Choir. The Nativity Play was excellent with lively modern music.

This evening we have started the task of writing Christmas Cards and I have watched most of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year programme and I was delighted that the boxer Joe Calzaghe won. Even though a member of the Royal Family won it last year and I am an ardent Royalist I thought he should have won last year and I am pleased he has at last won this most deserved award.