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Candles light up Christmas Eve at Cliff Park 

Tony Mallion reports

 CPCC Christingle 2017C

The simple Christingle service proved a big attraction at Cliff Park Community Church. It was the first time for three years the church, based at Cliff Park Middle School, had held a Christmas Eve family service and over a hundred people attended, enjoying putting together the traditional candles


 
CPCC Christingle 2017BChristingle, which means ‘Light of the World’, originated in the Moravian Church in Germany in the 18th century where a priest invented the idea of a candle in an orange with a red ribbon as a way of conveying the story of Jesus to young people. It quickly caught on and in more recent years it has been revived and features in many churches. Morrison’s supermarket in Gorleston kindly donated over 80 oranges to the church as part of their support for the local community. During the service children and grownups were invited to put the Christingles together before the school hall lights were switched off and the candles lit for the singing of a carol
 
CPCC Christingle 2017The service was devised and led by Kids Church leaders Richard and Laura Revell who prepared some of the youngsters to read lessons and prayers. The talk was given by Paul Lilly who delighted everyone with his use of the Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear to explain why Jesus came. Minister the Rev Mike Simm explained the significance of the Christingle
 
CHRISTNGLE 2017“We decided to experiment with a Christmas Eve service after a break and it was very successful. The week before we also had a very full church for Carols by Candlelight and our annual Carols and Coffee service at Gorleston Pavilion on Advent Sunday attracted a record crowd. It just goes to show that the Christmas season still has a strong appeal and it provides us with a great opportunity to present the gospel and the meaning of Christmas” said Rev Simm