From the Children’s Society
Right now, in Britain today, there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. They feel alone in the world, like they just don’t matter. This is a lonely place for them, where it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
These are the children and young people we work with, step-by-step, for as long as it takes, making small changes that make a big difference.
We listen. We support. We act.
There are no simple answers to tackling these problems. Often it is complex and we can’t do it alone. This is why we work with politicians, policy makers and other organisations to come together, to help tackle them.
Only together can we make a difference, not just to individual lives but to the lives of millions of children both now and in the future.
Because no child should feel alone.
With Advent and Christmastide fast approaching, celebrating Christingle is the perfect opportunity to involve your friends, family and community together in worship and spread hope to children and families throughout the UK. The orange, sweets and the candlelight in the dark all help engage children (and others!) in the Gospel at a time of year that can often lose its true meaning.
For many people, attending a Christingle service is one of their first experiences of church. These joyful services never fail to touch and inspire the hearts of all who attend, creating lasting memories that many cherish for years afterwards. If you’ve celebrated Christingle before, no doubt you will have your own memories of the fun and vibrancy these special services bring.
What’s more, by being part of Christingle this year, you can join The Children’s Society in its mission to change the lives of vulnerable children across the country who have no one to turn to. The funds raised at Christingle celebrations last year have already helped them provide support to more than 5,000 children and young people so far this year and together with your help they can do even more.
Now more than ever, children need people they can turn to during their most desperate moments. Whether they are a young carer, a refugee or at risk of sexual exploitation, all children need someone who is willing to listen to and support them.
Children like 17 year-old Marnie, who struggled with low self-esteem and feeling isolated. She says: ‘My project worker from The Children’s Society was there to support me, to be a friend, but most of all she built my confidence.’ Marnie’s story is just one example of the difference we can make when we work together.
And that’s really what makes Christingle so special. By taking part in these heart-warming, uplifting celebrations this year you too can change the lives of children and families in our communities and those across the country, and help us in our mission to support disadvantaged children to have better lives.
Here at Christ Church, we will celebrate Christingle at the 10.30am service on 17th December.
Adapted from The Children’s Society website