Adderbury Christingle starts in the classroom

Barbara Dury of The Children's Society, Adderbury, and pupils from Year 5, Christopher Rawlins C of E Primary School, with Christingles. NNL-181112-150510009
Barbara Dury of The Children's Society, Adderbury, and pupils from Year 5, Christopher Rawlins C of E Primary School, with Christingles. NNL-181112-150510009

School and church unite at Christopher Rawlins primary to create one of the most delightful Christmas traditions.

As with all those who take part in Christingle events the children know they will be helping youngsters who are not as fortunate as they.

This week the children are making decorated oranges to make a candle holder for the service at St Mary’s Church on Friday.

Volunteer organiser Barbara Dury said: “The children’s society introduced Christingles to the UK 50 years ago so this year’s events are a double celebration of Christmas and five decades of the Society.

“The society is a Christian charity and was originally known as The Church of England Children’s Society which provides care and resources to disadvantaged children in the UK.

“The focus this year is on ‘no child being alone’ and our service is one of thousands around the country.”

Collection boxes are given to the children to take home and use to hold donations from family and friends.

They take the box to church for the Christingle service and exchange it for an orange.

Mrs Dury said: “The children form a circle in the church and all the candles are lit, the lights are dimmed and they sing Away in a Manger.

“It’s very atmospheric and gives us an opportunity to think of all the children that aren’t so fortunate as ours.”

This year’s Adderbury Christingle service takes place at 6pm.