For a second year, we shared the Christmas Eve service with the Methodist Church which meets to worship at Atkinson Street on a Sunday afternoon. We shared prayers, readings, carols and friendship centred around the birth of Jesus – MUC members sang and spoke in English and the Methodist church shared in their first language.
This year, we celebrated in a packed church with a Christingle service which is a service of light. The Christingle is a way of celebrating God at work in the world and every part has a meaning:
- the orange is the world – it’s round like the world
- the tape around the orange goes round and round. The idea is that it doesn’t have a beginning or an end like a circle and just like God’s love. It shows us that God’s love for us goes on forever
- the four sticks represent the four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter) or the four points of the compass (north, south, east, west)
- the lollies on the sticks represent the fruits of the harvest (our food) or the fruits of the spirit (wonderful things like love, kindness, respect)
- and finally the candle represents Jesus, the light of the world. It’s a reminder that no-one can put out the light of Jesus, no dark is so great that the light cannot shine into it.
- The idea is that you light the candle on Christmas day at lunchtime to remind you about God’s never- ending love for each and every person and each and every part of creation, including the messy bits.
All ages took part and we ended the very hot evening with pizza for dinner.