Images: The two on the right are scenes from outside the Vicarage and the unfolding lifesize Nativity scene. 

COVID19 isn’t stopping St George’s in Crosby from celebrating the wonder of Advent and Christmas as it is hosting two special socially-distanced Christingle services on December 24th.  To meet guidelines people can only attend in their social bubbles which are booked in advance and limited to 30 places.  All the proceeds will go to The Children’s Society which funds support work with children and young people. This is the charity that established Christingle when it held the first ever service in Lincoln Cathedral in 1968.  

For those who cannot make the services the church has worked together with Crosby Connect Church to distribute 1,500 Christingle kits to their three local primary schools.  Over ten volunteers have put together the kits containing an orange, cocktail sticks, red tape, silver foil, a box of raisins and the important candle representing the ‘Light of Christ’ - everything needed to make a Christingle. Revd Julie Wearing, vicar at St George's said: "Making up the kits was quite a task as it involved 21 crates of oranges! As well as the orange and candle there is a children’s activity, a message of hope as well as Christmas Service flyers, which gave me the opportunity to introduce myself to the families I have yet to meet.  The kits are delivered to the schools this week by the volunteers. 

“It has been wonderful to work with Connect Church to deliver the Christingle packs. We applied for a grant from the Diocese of Lincoln’s Transformation Fund to cover half of the cost and paid for the remainder using some of our reserve funds at St George’s to make it happen" Julie commented.

Not all activity has been at the church, St George’s Vicarage now has a life-size Nativity scene in the front garden.  "I came up with the idea not knowing how or where to start" said Julie.  "But the members of the congregation were truly amazing and they took the idea and ran with it, with different people helping in different ways, installing it slowly over a week to keep interest going.  There has been so much interest from people walking by, from children on the way to school and people have started to come specifically to come and see it and show it to their children which is wonderful" she concluded.

With the relaxing of restrictions on carol singing, St George's is now able to have Crosby Community [email protected] on Saturday 19th December, with the Nativity scene as the backdrop.  It is a family friendly carol service which will be supported by just a few of Revd Julie’s friends from the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Concert Band.  The event will require torches, is encouraging face masks and asks for people to pre-register.

Revd Julie said: “This year has been so difficult for many families so we wanted to bring some joy and light to people with our Nativity Scene, Christingle Services and Kits, and now with our carol singing too.”