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Thank you from The Children’s Society
It is a painful fact that many children and young people in Britain today are still suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect. Too often their problems are ignored and their voices unheard.

At The Children’s Society, we make it our mission to support these young people during life’s most difficult moments.

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.

We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.

Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.

By being a part of the Christingle service today, you personally have done something to change the lives of thousands of children in this country today. We cannot thank you enough for the difference you have made.

On behalf of all of the children and young people who would have nowhere to turn if they weren’t supported by The Children’s Society, we express heartfelt thanks to you.

Thank you for your support.


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Christingle Service

In Support of The Children’s Society



Welcome

Opening Prayer

Leader: Jesus, who left behind unimaginable riches and came to find us,

All: Jesus, you are here. We share in God’s love.

Leader: Jesus, who came and walked alongside us to demonstrate God’s love for us,

All: Jesus, you are here. We never have to walk alone.

Leader: Jesus, who showed us how to love all your children, especially those with no one else to turn to,

All: Jesus you are here. Together, we can reach out and care for one another so all are included.

Leader: We make this prayer, in your name.

All: Amen.

Hgroup 6ymn: O Come Immanuel

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Reading: Matthew 1.18-23

Talk/Sermon

Megan’s Story

Prayers of Intercession

Prayer

All: Lord Jesus, I stretch out my hands and receive this gift, and I hold it tight because it is mine.

My Christingle.

Light, fruit, sweets, colour, but so much more precious than this.

I hold in my hands a picture of your love.

Lord Jesus, help me to remember those who have not known your love, and do not have anyone to turn to.

Today, as I hold my Christingle and remember you, I pray that you would make me someone, like you, who will reach out my opened hands to give and love like you do.



Amen.
Blessing

May the light that is Jesus lead you always. May your heart be more for the people around you than yourself.

May your resolve be to reach out in love and come alongside those in need with God’s generous compassion.

And may your life be a witness of the blessing that comes with giving, for the sake of all God’s children, and for the glory of God’s name.



Amen.

Leader: Lord Jesus, who gave up untold riches for us, we offer you back today this small reflection of your love.

We ask you to bless this money and the practical care and genuine love that it will help resource. We pray that every child helped through The Children’s Society as a result of this generosity will receive a rich demonstration of your love.



All: Amen.

Lighting of Christingles

Song: Shine Jesus Shine

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eader:
We pray for children growing up in families which are broken and frayed by abuse and neglect.

Lord Jesus, it hurts to think about this. Part of us would rather not. We’d rather look away. Help us to reach out, and come alongside them. We thank you for the Christingle and the ribbon that represents your loving sacrifice, wrapping itself around the world.

We ask you to wrap your loving arms around each child in need today.

Be close to each one who has not experienced the feelings of safety, love and companionship we expect from family; who is avoiding telling a parent or carer the things that are hurting them; or who is frightened of what might happen or of people finding out how hard things are at home.

We ask you to keep opening our eyes to see them and help them, directly in our communities, and through the work of The Children’s Society throughout our country.

Come, Lord Jesus.



All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for the work of The Children’s Society.

Bless their projects to help children and to champion their rights to our government.

Help them to continue to challenge us to care, give and speak up on behalf of others. Bless every area of their work. Uphold their staff in your love and may every child who comes into contact with them continue to receive the love and practical care they need.

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ome, Lord Jesus

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for the research and campaigning work of The Children’s Society striving to raise awareness about those in difficult situations, and encouraging all to see things through the eyes of a child.

Help us all continue to speak up for children who don’t have a voice. And help those with power to hear what we are saying and prioritise children and their childhoods above power, popularity or money.

Come, Lord Jesus

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray also for ourselves. We cannot love like you do in our own strength, we are quick to focus in on ourselves again and slow to remember those we cannot easily see, or whom we would rather not remember. We ask that you would keep filling us up so we can keep reaching out and coming alongside, just as you do.

Come, Lord Jesus



All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: Lord Jesus, who gave up untold riches for us, we offer you back today this small reflection of your love.

We ask you to bless this money and the practical care and genuine love that it will help resource. We pray that every child helped through The Children’s Society as a result of this generosity will receive a rich demonstration of your love.



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ll: Amen.


Collection of Gifts

Leader: Thank you, Jesus, for leaving heaven’s beauty and splendour to come to find us.

All: We praise you, Lord Jesus! You came to find us.

Leader: Thank you, Jesus, for coming alongside us and drawing us back into the fullness of God’s love.

All: We thank you, Lord Jesus! You come alongside us.

Leader: Thank you, Jesus, for showing us how to seek out and help all who are on the edge.

All: We trust you, Lord Jesus! Yours is the perfect way to follow.

Leader: Thank you, Jesus, for the work of The Children’s Society and for every child they help, especially those who have not received the love and care all children deserve.

All: We glorify you, Lord Jesus! You lead us to love like you do.

Leader: Thank you, Jesus, that you give us all the chance to join you in reaching out to these children.

All: We worship you, Lord Jesus! We want to give like you do.


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