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Bishop Christopher visits the town of Crowland

07 December 2017

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Bishop Christopher visited the town of Crowland this week as part of an episcopal visitation and he came away with poetry from local schoolchildren.

The visit involved time with the ministry team at Crowland Abbey as well as the Parish Councillors and leaders of the Methodist-Anglican Partnership outreach activities. Part of the afternoon was also spent with the guides of Crowland Abbey, whose ministry is to welcome people to what was a large Benedictine Monastery in medieval times.

The visit to South View Community Primary School involved talking during the assembly and seeing the performance of a play and singing. Two pupils presented the bishop with a poem about Christingles, which the schoolchildren had been learning about that day.

Christingles are made from oranges
It happened in England since 1968
Red ribbons represents the blood of Jesus
In Germany it started in 1747
Sweets represent the good that God provides
The candle represents Jesus as the light of the world
In Georgian times they originated
Now they’re used at Christmas time
Go to church and you will see them
Let the candle be lit
Enjoy the lovely sight

Bishop Christopher will conduct a baptism and confirmations at Crowland Abbey on Sunday, 17th December 2017. More information on the parish is available here.