for the
Christingle Service
St. Augustine's

2002 December 24

These are notes and comments on some of the items which appear in the Christingle Service script. Links from the script point to these entries; clicking the links in the left hand column of the table takes you back to the corresponding link in the script - or, where more than one link from the script points to the note, back to the first such link.

The comments are typically related to features of the service which are specific to our church or the time of the service, or which for some other reason we think might require alteration for another setting.

For references to the internal geography of the church, it might be helpful to inspect the plan.

Furniture :
  • The lectern is at the hospital side of the church.
  • The Christmas tree is decorated with symbols.
Properties :
  • The stars must be available in convenient places.

GENERAL NOTE : We have lost some material which ought to be here. In this year's Carol Service we used an unusually elaborate collection of decorations and properties; these were still in place for the Christingle service, and we certainly used them, but have no record of details.

Notable features were the folding tree bearing symbols such as angel, manger, shepherds, Mother Theresa, Florence Nightingale, etc., and groups of Christmas tree lights all round the church; we assume these were also still in place and the 'stars' which appear in the Christingle service went near them.

We add this note in case there are puzzling references in the notes or script for this service. The best advice is probably not to worry about them, but to resolve any problems in ways which seem satisfying to you - which is what we expect you'll do anyway.

CHRISTINGLE EXPLANATION The parts of the Christingle - what they mean, and how to put them together. More details.

CHRISTINGLE SERVERS Details will depend on your organisation and size. We had four servers. You need enough people to complete the serving reasonably quickly.

LIGHTING THE CHRISTINGLE The Leader lights the demonstration Christingle at the front, then the servers light candles from there, and carry the candles to the congregation. They light the Christingle candles of the people sitting at the ends of the rows, and they pass on the light to their neighbours until all are lit.

MAKING THE CHRISTINGLE. The Leader demonstrates the making step by step.

STARS. During the service, 17 "stars" are attached to the church walls. Each is a good sized cardboard star labelled clearly with a name connected with the Good News, the service's theme.

The names are : "Good News", "Jesus", "Son of God", "Saviour", "Worship", "Say sorry", "Wrong doing", "Forgive", "Ask", "Holy Spirit", "Receive", "New Life" , "Healing", "Hope", "Peace", "Joy", "Love"