Newsletter 16th December 2018

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.


We hold our annual Christingle service today, Sunday 16th December, at 3pm. All are invited, of any age, to join in this beautiful and simple service with carols. All proceeds are donated to The Children’s Society.

Do please come! David Busk

Christingle 50

This is a very special year for Christingle, as it marks 50 years since the first Christingle service for The Children’s Society was held in this country, at Lincoln Cathedral on 7 December 1968.

But Christingles themselves actually date back even earlier, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany.  

At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1747, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. This was a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon.

At the end of the service, whilst the children held their candles, the bishop said the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children’s hearts that theirs like thine become.’

In 1968, John Pensom of The Children’s Society, known as ‘Mr Christingle’, brought Christingle to this country and introduced it to the Church of England. This involved children decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles.

The event is now celebrated in hundreds of churches, cathedrals, schools and communities up and down the country.

1968 – First Christingle service for The Children’s Society at Lincoln Cathedral 

1970 – 20 churches hold Christingle services 

1974 – The Children’s Society works with 4,500 children 

1980 – First Christingle in Westminster Abbey 

1986 – ‘Christingle’ appears in the Oxford English Dictionary 

1990 – The Children’s Society works with 11,000 children 

1995 – 5,400 Christingles held across the country 

2003 – 1 million people attend Christingle services 

2010 – The Children’s Society works with 48,500 children 

2018 – Celebrate 50 years of Christingle

Writing Cards

Dear friends. We have lots of writing cards left over from our last Christmas bazaar. Many of them have been handmade for the purpose of raising money for our church. Please, have a look at the back of the church to see if any of them catches your eye. Donations for our church transformation project are welcome. Please use the envelopes provided. Thank you. Lucilia Azevedo


I am preparing the rota for January to June 2019 – If you have any holiday or other dates you would wish me to avoid, please advise as soon as possible. Contact Peter Hartwell on 01480 453336 or E-mail Thank you.

Upgrading the Website

We are completing an upgrade of the website. Please could those responsible for particular areas of our church life advise Adrian Sington of any additions, deletions or changes needed as well as any events for the church calendar.

Web Design

Barnaby Smith has re-designed the Godmanchester church website, at barnaby.smith1

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during December and January. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: jskc or 412264.