Sunday 9th December at 4.00pm


The First Christingle

A long time ago, in a land far away - the land of Moravia - lived a kind man. His name was John De Watteville and he was a Bishop. Bishop John spent his days telling everyone how much God loved them.

He wanted to find a way to tell the children in his village about Jesus, and about God's promises.

John prayed and prayed, asking God to give him a good idea. In time God answered his prayers and gave him a very good idea. Indeed it was such a good idea, that it is still used around the world - and we are going to use it here today. God inspired John to take an orange the next time he went to see the children in his village. He showed the children how round the orange was and full of goodness. He explained to the children that it was like the world that God had made - big and round and full of goodness.

Then John pressed four little sticks into the orange to be the four seasons of the year - spring, summer, autumn and winter - and onto the sticks he pushed some sweets and fruits and nuts. He explained to the children that these lovely things remind us of all the gifts God has given us in the world. Next John took a small candle and pushed it into the top of the orange. He told the children that the candle teils us that God sent his son, Jesus, to be the Light of the World - to shine God's special light into all the places and hearts that were dark. Carefully he lit the candle so the children could see that God's light really does make a difference in our dark world.


Finally John told the children that Jesus loved everyone so much that he died for us on the cross. John said that Jesus' love [blood] stretched right round the world to include absolutely everybody. The minister gently wrapped a red ribbon round the orange to show Jesus' love going round the world.

The children were thrilled by his story. They begged John to tell them the story again and again, and they watched as he put the orange, sweets, candle and ribbon together. The minister had made the first Christingle.