Celebrate Christingle in Rochester and help to support families in crisis

ChristingleHelp The Children’s Society celebrate Christingle and join us as we pray for some of the most disadvantaged children in our society. As we remember the story of Christ’s birth, and the Holy Family facing crisis then, we hold in our prayers families in crisis today.
Last year the support from Rochester was exceptional. Over 133 services were held raising more than £35,000 to help disadvantaged children.

A family can be in crisis for different reasons and the impact on children can be devastating. They can find themselves running away from home and facing increasingly dangerous situations, sometimes turning to alcohol or drugs.
Courtney ended up being taken into care after years of running away from the problems at home. Having spent the majority of her teenage years in a cycle of fear and frustration, Courtney was extremely vulnerable and in desperate need of support. The Children’s Society provided her with a dedicated mentor who helped Courtney to take positive steps to change her life.
The Children’s Society exists to help and support young people like Courtney and their families. Children may need someone to talk to after running away from an abusive family home, or they may need some permanence, stability and security when living in care.
The Right Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, is a supporter of Christingle and attended a service last year. He said: “I was reminded how important Christingle services are in bringing young people into church. But more than this, Christingle services are an opportunity for us all to support the work of The Children’s Society as they reach out to the most vulnerable children and young people in our communities.”
With over 6000 Christingle events taking place across the country, these are a magical way for children in churches, youth groups and schools to remember other children in often very difficult situations.
A Christingle event is easy to organise and fun to attend. Resources for churches and schools are written to engage children. Each child will receive a Christingle - an orange decorated with a lighted candle, red ribbon, fruit and sweets. There will also be the opportunity to hold a collection to support the vital work of The Children’s Society.
Find out more and download resources at www.christingle.org.

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