Pupils celebrate the Light of the World at service

Children with their Christingles in Sutton St James Church. Pictured are, from left, back ' Skye Balderas, Abbie Cross, Bonita Simmons; front Liam Wheeler, Alesha Harrison and Kaden Brooks. 'Photo (TIM WILSON): SG071215-200TW
Children with their Christingles in Sutton St James Church. Pictured are, from left, back ' Skye Balderas, Abbie Cross, Bonita Simmons; front Liam Wheeler, Alesha Harrison and Kaden Brooks. 'Photo (TIM WILSON): SG071215-200TW
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Around 50 pupils from Sutton St James Primary School, staff, governors, parents and Brownies filled the village church for a Christingle service.

Pupils spent a morning at school making their candle-based Christingles, symbolic objects whose name has the literal translation “Christ Light” and celebrate Jesus as the Light of the World.

The true meaning of Christmas ' Abbie Cross with her Christingle. SG071215-202TW

The true meaning of Christmas ' Abbie Cross with her Christingle. SG071215-202TW

The service had a mixture of traditional Christmas carols and hymns as well as some of the more modern songs and hymns that the children have learned in school.

The Christingles were lit as the congregation sang Away in a Manger, which made it a magical and truly atmospheric time for all of those sharing in the service in the flickering candlelight.

Sutton St James chairman of governors Pete Horsfield said: “It was a wonderful service.

“The children really enjoyed it and it was lovely to have all of the parents and the children together.”

Some of the children and parents attending the Christingle service. SG071215-203TW

Some of the children and parents attending the Christingle service. SG071215-203TW

The service was organised by the school and Sally Clifton from the church and it has raised £107 to support the work of The Children’s Society.