The popular Christingle service at Whixley church on Christmas Eve at 4 .00 pm will now be on Zoom! To receive a Zoom invitation please contact the Rev Sarah ( or Reader George Rowden (

As part of the service, which is All-Age, we will be constructing our very own Christingle and lighting it at the end of our celebration. If you’d like to take an active part in this part of the service, please have on hand:

  • One orange
  • One piece of red tape or red material to surround the orange
  • One smallish candle – but please make a hole in the orange beforehand large enough to accommodate the candle
  • Four – or more to accommodate hungry tums! – soft sweets
  • Four cocktail sticks

As always, we will sing “Away in a Manger” when our candles are lit towards the end of the service.

As is the custom, we will need volunteer readers, so please let Barry Atkinson know if you’d like to be included.

These are the words to “Away in a Manger”. One of our regular families is going to sing the first verse and then everyone can join in!

Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little lord Jesus laid down his sweet head
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay
The little lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing the baby awakes
But little lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love you lord Jesus; look down from the sky
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me lord Jesus I ask you to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
And fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

Besides creating our Christingle, there are three Christmas hymns to sing together, prayers and a short talk on the true meaning of Christmas.

You’ll find the words to the three hymns within the cover of the Parish News, so please use these words to help remember Christmases past and may you be filled with the joy of the Christmas season and the hope of peace, goodwill and love for the future.

Finally – On behalf of those voluntary workers who work so diligently to make sure your Parish News arrives on your doorsteps, we wish you all a blessed and joyous Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.