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University Academy Holbeach students light-up All Saints' Church with their Christingle service

Students from University Academy Holbeach (UAH) lit up the town's All Saints' Church with their flickering Christingles and fabulous, festive music.

Today's traditional service saw more than 200 Year 7 pupils take part, along with the 6th Form Ensemble Chamber Choir and musicians in the Mash Up Ensemble.

UAH head of performing arts Sam Graper said: "It's always a really magical service."

A traditional Christingle is made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle.

The name 'Christingle' comes from a German word meaning 'Christ Child', and it celebrates Jesus as the light of the world.

Miss Graper said pupils have been studying the work of The Children's Society, as well as collecting for the children's charity, which is linked to the Church of England.

She said: "During the service, we hold our Christingles and we think about those less fortunate than ourselves - especially at this time of year, it seems really important for the students to take a moment to think about how lucky they are and what they can do for others."

As well as providing a feast of music for the service, students gave readings.

The Rev Canon Rosamund Seal, from All Saints', joined the celebrations to deliver a blessing.

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