Christingle service 2016

Was
the Christingle service on Christmas Eve led by a shepherd and a lamb this
year?

Or
was it led by the Rev. Eileen dressed as a character from the Nativity story?

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Everybody
who had come dressed in character was invited to go to the front of the
church.  There were quite a lot of them!

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During
the service carols, both old and new, were sung and prayers were lead by
children from St. Mark’s School.

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Everyone
enjoyed the sermon, which encouraged people to shout out whenever a chocolate
bar was mentioned.  This was rewarded by
a chocolate bar being thrown into the congregation!

Then
people went up with their Children Society, candle-shaped moneyboxes, which
they exchanged for Christingle oranges!

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When
everybody was back in their seats, the candles were lit by The Rev. Eileen,
Marjorie and Paul.

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The
climax of the service was when the main lights were turned off and all sang the
beautiful “Silent Night”.

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