In Germany in 1747, Bishop Johanns de Watteville was searching for a way
that he could illustrate God's love
to the younger members of his congregation.
Taking his lead from the Moravian Church,
the Bishop created the first Christingle service by giving
the children candles wrapped in a red ribbon
with the prayer
"Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these dear children's hearts".
The orange represents the world, the toothpicks are the
four corners of the world and the four seasons,
the red ribbon is the gift of peace from God through Christ,
and the Light represents our witness to
the Love of God.
Closer to the present day, John Pensom
of the Children's Society (a British charity that aids young people
who face danger or discrimination) introduced the
Christingle service to the Anglican Church
The custom spread quickly, and it is now
a valuable fundraising event during