The service, will be streamed on the Church of England’s website, Facebook and YouTube channels, and includes Bishop Rachel, along with the Royal President of The Children’s Society, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the charity’s Vice-Chair of Trustees, the Bishop of Derby, Libby Lane.
In the 45-minute service, people will also be able to enjoy a special performance from award winning No1 soprano Joanna Forest. Young people including pupils from schools in Gloucester will be shown lighting Christingles.
The service will raise money to help shine the light for those living in the darkest situations, and rekindle hope for vulnerable children and young people across the country.
Bishop Rachel said, “Families across the country look forward to joining in with the annual Christingle service. It’s a much loved celebration of our Christian faith and the sounds and the smells of this special service have a unique place in our Christmas worship. In a year when we have faced so many challenges, I am particularly thankful for the work the Children’s Society does to encourage every child to flourish.”
Mark Russell, CEO, The Children’s Society said: “Little did we know that 2020 was going to see a challenge unlike any other experienced before. Christingle is such an important time for us, and we truly feel that it is needed this year more than ever. Working in partnership with The Church of England, we are delighted we have been able to make our traditional Christingle service happen online. It is set to be a spectacular hour and everyone is welcome to join us for a time of reflection, music and worship.”
In his contribution, the Archbishop of Canterbury will also highlight the importance of Christingle celebrations, and share some insight on what taking part in the service means for so many children across England in need of our help, and that of The Children’s Society.
The Children’s Society says Covid 19 restrictions have this year heightened the dangers facing vulnerable children, leaving many trapped at home, isolated from family, friends and support and in some cases at increased risk of loneliness, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Despite being in various lockdown tiers across the UK, The Children’s Society, in partnership with The Church of England, is hoping that this year’s online Christingle service will still be one of the biggest and brightest yet. You can register here to join in with the whole country and spread the light.