East Finchley Methodist Church


A Christingle means 'Christ Light' and is a symbol of the Christian Faith. They're great fun to make during advent.

The Christingle has its origins in the Moravian Church. At Christmas 1747, in Germany, Bishop Johannes de Watteville wanted a different way to explain the love of Jesus and what Christmas really meant to everyone but particularly to the children in the church. He made a simple symbol to express the message of Christmas in a fresh and lively way and gave each child a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon. The orange and sweets were later additions.

A Christingle is made up of an orange representing the world with a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Jesus. Fruits and sweets are skewered on four cocktail sticks which are pushed into the orange representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. Finally, a lighted candle is pushed into the centre of the orange representing Christ, the light of the world. It represents the hope of light in the darkness and symbolises the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world.

A growing number of churches hold Christingle services at or around Christmas and, at EFM, we introduced this to our Advent services a few years ago. During our Christingle Service this year a giant Christingle will feature as part of our celebration on Sunday 11 December at 10.30am.

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