St Mary’s Church started the season of Advent with a Christingle service, where oranges were used to create a visible symbol of the Christian message.
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Scouts were among those taking part and everybody made their own Christingle which was then lit under dimmed lights - a moment filled with awe and wonder for children in celebration of Jesus, the Light of the World.
Throughout the year, children have been saving pennies in special money boxes and these were given up during the Service, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Society, which raises money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children.
The Christingle has its origins in a Moravian children’s service held in a castle in Germany on Christmas Eve in 1747.
The Bishop conducting the informal service gave each child a lighted candle, tied with a red ribbon in memory of the Saviour’s coming.