With the aim of bringing hope and a sense of community to vulnerable children's lives, Worcestershire churches are set to host a series of Christingle celebrations.

The festivities are to commence in early December, with the aim of raising crucial funds for children and young people facing severe issues including abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The festive experience involves decorating oranges with red ribbon, cocktail sticks, sweets, and candles, with each item symbolising a different aspect of the Christian story.


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The tradition, which is over half a century old, invites residents, to light their candles, which symbolise Jesus Christ, as the light of the world.

Annually, these events draw thousands of people and play a significant role in supporting the pivotal work of The Children's Society, which centres around aiding the nation's most at-risk youth.

Mark Russell, CEO at The Children’s Society said: "Christingle is an essential part of our annual calendar, and it is wonderful to see so many happenings across Worcestershire.

"Every year these events help us be there for the vulnerable children we support and we’re truly grateful to everyone who attends."

He adds: "These celebrations in Worcestershire are more than festive gatherings; they are critical in making it possible for us to continue with our vital work and transform the lives of even more children in need of our help."

For readers keen to attend a local Christingle event, please visit the website (https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/attend).

Services being held in Worcestershire this December:

  • Tibberton Church of England First School on Plough Road, Droitwich at 10.30am on Friday, December 1. 
  • Holy Trinity Church Malvern on 2 North Malvern Road, Malvern at 4pm on Sunday, December 10. 
  • St John the Baptists Church Crowle on Bredicot Lane, Worcester at 5pm on Sunday, December 10. 
  • St Leonards on Main Street, Bretforton, Evesham at 9.15am on Friday, December 22.
  • All Saints' Church on Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove at 3.30pm on Sunday, December 24. 
  • St James Church, Hartlebury, Kidderminster at 4pm on Sunday, December 24. 
  • St Peter on Church Lane, Willersey, Gloucestershire at 4pm on Sunday, December 24.