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Christingle

Sean Fletcher is in Chester to celebrate 50 years of Christingle in the UK, and the archbishop of Canterbury shares memories of feeling lonely at Christmas as a child.

Josie d'Arby joins the archbishop of Canterbury, who shares his thoughts on the significance of the Christingle tradition in modern times, as well as some poignant personal memories of feeling lonely at Christmas as a child.

Sean Fletcher meets with children from five different local schools as they make some Christingles in preparation for a special evening service held at All Saints' Church in Hoole, Chester.

Although the tradition of Christingle originated in the Moravian church in Germany in the 18th century, the Children's Society held their first Christingle service in this country half a century ago and it is estimated there are over 6,000 such services held in the country nowadays.

Sean also sits in on rehearsals for a musical drama based on the story of the Nativity, written by the teachers and pupils of Bishop's Blue Coat Secondary School in Chester.

On this first Sunday of Advent, there's a varied selection of seasonal hymns old and new from around the country and a special performance of an Advent favourite from soprano Laura Wright.

Music:
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending - Kendal Parish Church
Like a Candle Flame - St David's Church, Exeter
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus - St Alban's Church, Bristol
Lord of All Hopefulness - Hereford Cathedral
O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Performed by Laura Wright
Something Inside So Strong - Performed by Kingdom Choir
Christ Be Our Light - Our Lady's, York.

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Stories

The Children’s Society and Christingle
Sean Fletcher meets Primary School children in the historic city of Chester as they prepare for a special Christingle service to celebrate 50 years of its association with The Children’s Society. Sean also meets The Rev. John Kirkland who explains the origins of the Christingle in Germany.

Cake Decorating with the Archbishop of Canterbury
On the first Sunday of Advent, Josie D’ Arby talks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. He shares his thoughts on the significance of the Christingle tradition in modern times, as well as some poignant personal memories of feeling lonely at Christmas as a child. They also decorate a Christingle cake.

Hard Truths – Children’s Drama Performance
Sean Fletcher sits in on rehearsals for a musical drama based on the story of the nativity, written by the teachers and pupils of Bishop’s Blue Coat Church of England High School in Chester. Sean also meets school chaplain Paul North, who talks about the importance of the Nativity story and faith in education.

Francess’s Story
Christmas is a time for family, but it can also be when some people feel most alone. We meet Francess, a young woman who was saved from a lonely existence on the streets by her strong Christian faith and the support of the Children’s Society.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sean Fletcher
Presenter Josephine D'Arby
Executive Producer Cat Lewis
Executive Producer Emyr Afan
Producer Jonathan Davies
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Production Company Avanti Media

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