Christingles and more..
We’re almost into Advent – a season in the Church’s calendar that is set aside to encourage us to pause amid the busyness of preparing for Christmas and to practise waiting for God in all areas of our lives. Here at Holy Trinity, we have various services planned to help us in this waiting and preparing. On Advent Sunday, we have our usual services plus our Christingle serviced at 4pm. Popular with families, this service uses the symbolism of the Christingle to unpack the good news of God’s love for the whole world, in the coming of Jesus.
At the same time, we recognise that there is deep injustice and profound suffering in our society and the fruits of God’s bounty are not always available to all. The Children’s Society have been connected with Christingle celebrations in the Church of England, since the 1960s and each year we hold a collection that is donated to them in support of the work they do with vulnerable children and young people.
The following Sunday (8th December), during our main 10am Sunday service, there will be no children’s groups so that we are all able to join together in worship; and it will be a Parade Service, so we will be hoping to welcome some members of the local uniformed organisations that are connected with us. Known as the ‘Toy Service’, we will be inviting people to bring a donation of a new toy for children who are unlikely to have any gifts this Christmas.
The toy donations will be gathered during the service, to be passed on to the Birmingham Community Children’s Centre, a project run by Action for Children and based in Winson Green. The Centre offers a variety of much-needed services to children and families.