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Celebrating Christingle

Anglican Schools ColourOur Junior Chapel Leaders for Term 4 are Lucy Roberts and Jessica Guy. They were presented with a beautiful badge featuring the new Anglican Schools logo at our recent Christingle service.

A competition was held to design the new logo, which was won by Jack Lawson from Hereworth School in Havelock North.

Here is Jack’s explanation. “The main symbol in my design is the Trinity. It represents the three cultures joining together, Pakeha, Maori and Polynesia/Pacifica. The koru also represent each culture. The cross in the middle shows that we are a part of the Anglican Church. The green represents the land and the forests God made for us. The blue represents the water and oceans he gave for us. And the yellow represents the light of the Holy Spirit. All together this represents the Anglican Schools in the South Pacific.” 

This year, our Christingle service took on a much more meaningful focus. The first Christingle originated from a Moravian service held in a castle in Germany on Christmas Eve in 1747.The Bishop conducting the service gave each child a lighted candle, tied with a red ribbon, in memory of the Saviour’s coming, which he said has kindled a flame in each heart which keeps burning “to his joy, and our happiness.”

During our prayers, the original symbol of the Christingle candle was lit and the light shared between members. At the end of the service, candy canes were blessed and distributed representing the ‘fruits of the spirit’. We were reminded that we are to be a ‘light’ in the darkness for others.

This original Christingle candle is powerful in its simplicity. It reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Lord Jesus, you said that where two or three come together in your name, you are there with them.

The light of this Christingle candle symbolises your presence among us. May the light of this candle remind each of us to be light bearers. Help us to be people who share Joy, happiness and care for one another. May we be Sharers of light for friendships to grow, for truth to be discovered and for faith to be made real in this world. Amen.

 God Bless you all this Christmas,

Reverend Joy Hamilton-Jones, Chaplain