Christmas Services 2020
Services this year follow a slightly different pattern due to the contingencies of the Covid period – Let us enter into things as we can, and the Spirit will touch our hearts with the Beauty and Love and Generosity that is God’s gift regardless of any changes.
Try the Christingle Scavenger hunt ready for the
5pm Livestream Crib service – get your Christingles ready to hold up at the Crib service – scroll down for instructions
St Hilda’s YouTube Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WOhyk3ipWaQuionX65rxAA
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Christmas Service times- note changes
Live Stream – YouTube Channel link
5 pm Christmas Eve Crib & Christingle Livestream – do the Christingle Scavenger hunt then join us online at 5pm ready with your home Christingles to hold up to Jesus in the Crib
Home service sheet below…
In Church – and on Livestream
10 pm Christmas eve ‘Midnight Mass & Blessing of Crib- Earlier time for safer social distancing awareness and time to wipe over ready for the morning service
In Church – and on Livestream
11 am Christmas Morning Eucharist
& trip to the Crib
Crib and Christingle Service sheet
Little donkey, little donkey on the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onwards
with your precious load
Been a long time, little donkey,
through the winter’s night
Don’t give up now, little donkey,
Bethlehem’s in sight
Ring out those bells tonight
Follow that star tonight
Little donkey, little donkey,
had a heavy day
Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way
We make up crib together
–to celebrate Jesus Birth
-the Angels singing
-the Shepherds coming to adore
We bring our home Christingles / candles
ready to hold up to Our Lord Jesus together
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake 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
Radiance beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
We say the prayer Jesus has taught us
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth and it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom the power
And the glory
Forever and ever.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.
Our own giving portal means everything we collect will be credited to our Crofton Park Christingle
Christingle at home resource: for adults and families
A Christingle ‘scavenger hunt’
If you don’t have the elements for a Christingle to hand, you can easily make one from easy-to-find household items. Your Christingle doesn’t have to be three-dimensional. You could also draw one or make a ‘flat’ representation. This is also a fun activity to do with children. Here are some suggestions:
The world: Either find or draw something round, or find something that represents God’s creation to you, e.g. a picture of a beautiful landscape, a collection of stones or shells or feathers.
The candle: either use any decorative candles you have or find a source of light, e.g. a torch,
The red tape or ribbon: Do you have any red string or wool? What other red items do you have in our home? The red ribbon or tape represents the love of Jesus. What do you have in your home that symbolises love? (e.g. a heart shape, a ring, a special present)
The cocktail sticks and sweets or fruits: These represent the goodness of God’s creation, and the four seasons. What can you find that means this to you – it could be other foodstuffs or something else entirely, for example your favourite soft toy animal, or a cutting from your favourite plant.
Once you’ve made your Christingle or your representation of a Christingle put it in a safe position where you can see it or hold it in your hand and light the candle (or illuminate your light source).
Use the following reflection:
A Christingle prayer reflection
When the Wise Men visited Jesus after this birth in Bethlehem, they brought gifts (Matthew 2.11). At Christmas many of us give and receive gifts – a symbol of the love we have for family and friends. The Christingle reminds us of the many good things God gives, and of the need to share them not only with our family and friends, but with the whole world.
Take a moment to look at your Christingle.
Think about the orange.
The orange represents the world. God made the world and all that is in it for us to enjoy.
What part of creation are you particularly grateful for today? A special place, a creature, another person? Give thanks for that place/creature/person.
Sadly, we have all been guilty of damaging God’s creation or not appreciating it enough. Take a moment to say sorry and to pray for God’s creation where it is suffering.
Think about the red band (ribbon or tape).
The red band (ribbon or tape) represents the love of Jesus, who gave his life as a gift for us.
Who is special to you? Whose love are you grateful for today? Give thanks for them.
At this time of year, some are feeling lonely or sad. Pray for any particular needs of those known to you.
Think about the four cocktail sticks and the fruits or sweets.
The cocktail sticks and fruits remind us of the four seasons, of food and all the good things God gives us.
Which season are you most grateful for? What are you favourite foods? Give thanks for them.
Some people in our country and in the world do not have enough food. Pray for them.
Think about the candle/light source.
The candle represents Jesus, the Light of the World, who brings joy, happiness and hope to the world and all people.
What things make you full of joy? Give thanks for them now.
Some people do not feel joyful or hopeful and are struggling. Pray for them.
Bring all your prayers together by saying ‘Amen.’
Notes on Christingle – its meaning and celebration
Welcome to our Christingle celebration!
Every year, all across the country, Christingle celebrations bring people together to celebrate light, hope and community. This year, you may be joining in with others in a socially distanced way or online, or perhaps you’re planning on celebrating Christingle on your own or with your household.
Wherever or whenever you’re joining in, you’ll be part of a community of people sharing the light
of Christ together and thinking about how to share that light with others.
In this celebration there’ll be an opportunity to make your own Christingle, to pray
and reflect, and to hear about our work at The Children’s Society. Donations given at Christingle celebrations each year help fund our vital work with vulnerable children
and young people.
What is Christingle?
A Christingle is more than one thing!
The Christingle itself is a symbol that tells the story of Christ – you can find out what the different elements mean later in this resource.
A Christingle celebration is an act of worship service that includes space for reflection on the meaning of the Christingle. It’s about sharing the light of Christ with each other and taking it out into the world.
Making your Christingle
You might have been sent everything you need to make a Christingle by your church or school
or you may need to source the items yourself. (Don’t panic if you haven’t got the right ingredients to hand – we’ve got some ideas for making a Christingle from whatever you have below).
What you will need:
? An orange
? Red ribbon or tape (or even a piece of red string or wool)
? A small candle (it needs to be inserted in the orange)
? Four cocktail sticks
? Sweets (e.g. Dolly mixtures, jelly sweets or liquorice all sorts work well) or dried fruits to add to the cocktail sticks – both need to be soft enough to push a cocktail stick through
? Scissors or a knife to make an incision in the orange
If you’re making a Christingle with children, you may want to use a smaller citrus fruit (eg satsuma) and to use a birthday candle instead of a larger one.
? Wash your hands before handling the fruit and sweets
(and keep hand sanitiser away from lit flames).
? Make sure long hair is tied back.
? Supervise children near cocktail sticks (sharp ends!) and lit candles.
? Hold your Christingle upright and away from your body.
? Keep any loose fabrics (scarves etc) away from your lit flame.
? Don’t move around with a lit Christingle.
? Always place your Christingle where you can see it and make sure it won’t
fall over. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
? Be careful when you put your candle out as hot wax can burn.
How to make a Christingle
? Take your orange (or smaller fruit) and fasten a piece of red sticky
tape/ribbon/wool around the middle.
? Cut a small cross in the top of the orange Wedge the candle firmly into the orange.
? Load four cocktail sticks with a mixture of dried fruits or sweets so that the points are covered, and insert around the base of the candle.
The work of The Children’s Society
Christingle celebrations raise over 1.2 million pounds each year to support the work of
The Children’s Society, a charity helping vulnerable children and young people.
The Children’s Society was founded in 1881 by Edward Rudolf, a Sunday school teacher who was horrified by the poverty he saw on the streets of London. One day, some of his Sunday school children did not turn up at church. He went out to look for them and found them begging on the streets. To stop these children ending up in the workhouse, he set up a series of children’s homes.
The work of The Children’s Society has changed over the years but vulnerable children and young people still need our help, especially given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health and the economy.
Last year we helped over 11,500 children directly through our services and we lobbied for changes that impacted on the lives of many thousands more.
Christmas Services – be care to note covid period changes
– click here to go to dedicated page
5pm Christmas Eve Crib & Christingle Livestream – join the Christingle Scavenger hunt
Get your Christingle kits ready at home to hold up to Jesus in the Crib- for Christingle kit guidance click here and scroll down the Christmas services page
10pm Christmas eve ‘Midnight Mass & Blessing of Crib Earlier time for of safer social distancing awareness and for time after to wipe over ready for the morning service
11am Christmas Morning Parish Eucharist & trip to the Crib
Sunday 22nd December (4th Advent)
5pm Carol Service with Children’s Christingle
Donation Link to Children’s Society
Join us to prepare to celebrate the love and mystery of Christmas – a Traditional Nine lessons Carol Service for adults and children together: Starting with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ending with Christingle lights procession to celebrate the great reading from St John’s Gospel. Collection for the Children’s Society– all are invited to enjoy mulled wine and mince pies after.
Christmas Eve (Tues 24th December)
A fun and atmospheric re-telling of the Christmas story as we build a beautiful Crib at the front of the nave and make our journey to the manger.
11pm Midnight Mass and blessing of the crib
( nb starts 11pm ends c.12.30am Christmas morning)
St Hilda’s offering us a taste of traditional mystery, with a deep sense of love through the lifting up of Christ’s sacrifice. Candles increase the soul light, friends join with the regular congregation. A procession brings the image of the infant Christ to the Crib. Incense is used with ceremonial style worship.
Christmas Day (Weds 25th December)
11 am Sung Eucharist of Christmas Morning
and visit to the Crib – Children welcome
The address is geared to the needs of children. This is rather more informal day after the night before we offer the Eucharist to partake of God’s love- We sit in the chancel near the High Altar – jolly carols like ‘The holly and the ivy’ are sung. We end with a trip to the crib for a short devotion.