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Cathedral to glow in candlelight this Christmas

Cathedral to glow in candlelight this Christmas

The Children’s Society will hold their annual Christingle Service at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 28 December at 15:00.

The Nave of the Cathedral is expected to be packed as children and their families come together from all over the diocese for this inspiring Service.

This year an estimated 6,000 Christingle celebrations will take place across the country, raising over £1.2 million for vulnerable children. The Christingle is a popular children’s Service and it is estimated that over half a million children take part in the celebration during the traditional period – November to February.

For over 20 years, this annual Service has traditionally always been held in Canterbury Cathedral on Holy Innocents’ Day. This year Canon Nick Papadopulos from the Cathedral will be giving the address.




The Service welcomes families from all over the diocese of Canterbury who are pleased to be invited to come to the mother church. The committee are most grateful to the Cathedral for their annual welcome.Each year a church school is invited to lead the worship and feel privileged to be doing so in this special place. This year we are pleased to welcome Birchington Church of England Primary School who will be joined by members of The Children’s Society Intergenerational Project in Thanet. Their theme will be “Living and Learning Together” which sums up the ethos of this project. We look forward to hearing Canon Nick Papadopulos’s address and the combined choir of 100. All are welcome.

Chair of the Christingle Committee & Diocesan President for the Children’s Society

Margaret Willmott

The Christingle is a custom of the Moravian church and originated in 1747 and was introduced to the Church of England by The Children’s Society in 1968.

Children coming to the Service receive a Christingle which consists of an orange bearing a candle and a red ribbon and a display of fruits and sweets.

To find out how to make a christingle click here.

It is estimated that 400 Christingles will be lit at the Service. All are welcome to come along to this event to celebrate the story of Jesus and help to raise important funds for the children whom the charity supports.

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