What hymns to use?
Composer Valerie Ruddle offers an easy-to-use introduction to the Advent hymns in Singing the Faith. She suggests a variety of uses for different texts – not just for singing alone but as prayer responses, for reading aloud without the music, and even as the basis of “a bit of body movement”. Explore Valerie’s suggestions here.
All you need to know about preparing a Christingle service can be found on the Church of England’s Children’s Society website.
It includes information about the symbolism of the Christingle orange and worship resources (go to the Resource Centre) – including ‘Messy Church’ resources. Featured hymns include Elizabeth Cosnett’s hymn, Round orange, round orange, you serve as a sign (StF 184) and Mark Earey’s ‘A Christingle Song’, which is set to the tune of ‘Give me joy in my heart’ (StF 76).
A more detailed history and explanation of the Christingle tradition, including its Moravian origins, has been included by freelance writer Liz Hearn on the Time Travel-Britain.com website. A further version of the story behind the Christingle is included in the Wikipedia article on Christingle.
Other resources for Advent
A range of prayers and reflections for Advent and Christmas can be found on the Methodist Church website.
As well as the Methodist Church’s own Word in Time bible studies for the lectionary readings set for Advent. You may also find helpful the back catalogue of resources produced by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). See also the Alternativity website.