On Sunday 3 February Beverley Minster welcomed the Children’s Society to join with them for their Christingle service and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Christingle held in aid of the Children’s Society.
The Friday before the team had had lots of fun putting together 140 'Christingle kits' with the Guides, so that all the worshippers could make their own Christingle during the service. But to explain the significance of the Christingle in a space as large as the Minster, they needed to think bigger… much bigger. . . hence inflatable orange suit, 8 foot bamboo canes and a big candle stuck to the top of Ben, the Children and Youth Minister's head!
As the service proceeded time was spent thinking about how part of our calling to bring Christ’s light to the world means being mindful of how we treat our world, linking into some of up and coming service themes at the Minster. A call that felt really tangible and poignant towards the end of the service when we everyone stood lining the nave with lit Christingles. After the service a juicer was put to good use, to ensure that no oranges were wasted and everyone could all have a drink fresh orange juice.