A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany services of many Christian denominations. Christingle, a word of German origin, means 'Christ Child' and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the "Light of the World".
It was popularized in the United Kingdom by John Pensom in 1968. He was raising funds for the charity The Children's Society. In the 2000s over 5,000 Christingle services were being held in the UK every year. In 2018, over 6,000 services were held for The Children's society. Each year Christingle raises over £1.2million to help vulnerable young people.
In 2018, The Children's Society has launched its #Christingle50 campaign, which includes festive services in schools and churches for the 50th year.
Chelmsford Cathedral did revert back to using candles after the initial article in 2006. In recent years they've only used glowsticks a couple of times. In December 2018 they used candles.
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