Christingle rounds off Advent for Cliff Park Community Church 

CPCC CHRISTINGLE A tony mallioTony Mallion reports
pictures: Tony Mallion

A Christingle service on Christmas Eve attracted a large number to Gorleston's Cliff Park Community Church. It was the second year the church had held this traditional service with children invited to help create the Christingle oranges before lighting the candles

While the idea of a Christingle was invented by a German priest over 200 years ago as a simple means of explaining the Christmas story and God's love to the world, it was only in the 1960s it was rediscovered and has since gained popularity. Morrisons donated the oranges as part of the supermarket's community involvement. A bucket collection at the end of the service raised money for the local food bank

CPCC CHRISTINGLE B tony mallioThe service helped round off a busy Advent period which saw the annual open-air Carols on the Green on the Cliff Park estate attracting a record 130 people thanks to publicity, invitations with a mince pie giveaway, and the unusually mild weather. There was also a Carols by Candlelight service as well as the popular Carols and Coffee at Gorleston Pavilion on Advent Sunday which this year featured a full youth orchestra, the Orchestrate! Project and Norwich Young Voices choir conducted by their founder and Cliff Park church member John Stephens