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On Monday 12th December the children and Staff of the Junior School processed quietly down to the Chapel at 3.15 pm and celebrated their annual Christingle Service.

As they sang In the Bleak Midwinter, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Sing Christingle, four members of Staff read the Christmas Readings, and I said prayers, explained again the different parts of the Christingle and reminded them that the Christingle Service, which was adopted by the Children’s Society in 1968, first began in Germany about 270 years ago. That was more than four times my own age! I suggested that we too should be ‘lights to others’ in the darkness of our world. As usual, the children sang beautifully, and the highlight of the Service for me was the lighting of 22 Christingles (two representing every class) which were then lined up down he middle of the Chapel as everyone sang Silent Night in the darkness, with all the other lights turned off. A wonderful Advent reminder that ‘the light of Christmas’ was again shining in our midst! It was a privilege to help lead this Service in my first term at Cokethorpe.

Revd Ian Howard, School Chaplain








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