We invite everyone in Coppull to join us for a Doorstep Christingle, whether you’d normally come to church or not!
How do we do a doorstep Christingle?
Make your Christingle
You can do this with items you have at home, or that you can easily buy.
The orange (citrus fruit or Terry’s chocolate!) represents the world made by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Cocktail sticks with sweets and/or dried fruit on them represent the goodness of the world God has made.
The candle (use a birthday cake-type candle, or a glowstick) represents Jesus Christ, God the Son, come into the world he has made to show God to us.
The red ribbon (or insulation tape) around the world represents the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross to wash away our guilt and shame, that we might be children of God.
Optional warm-up: You might like to join in Carols on the Doorstep at 5.30pm on Sunday 20th December with Premier Christian Radio to help you get into the mood. www.carolsonthedoorstep.co.uk
Light and sing
Stand on your doorstep on the evening of Sunday 20th December with your Christingle. Please make sure you are at least 2 metres from your neighbour.
Light your Christingle just before 6.00pm.
At 6.00pm sing Silent Night.
Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright. Round the Virgin
Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quail at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born.
Silent night, holy night! Son of God, Love’s pure light. Radiant beams
from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.
Give thanks and pray
Give thanks to God for all the good things he has made, and for sending his Son into the world for us.
Ask God to help you, and ask him to help you know him through his Son, Jesus Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John’s Gospel, chapter 1, verses 1-5)
If you'd like these instructions to print out, perhaps to give to a neighbour who isn't able to use the internet so they can join in too, these words are attached as a pdf file.
Interesting fact: the Christingle was invented in 1747 by Moravian Christians (in what is now the Czech Republic).