Families cram into Salhouse church for Christingle service

More than 100 people crammed in to All Saints Church in Salhouse for a Christingle service to raise funds for vulnerable children and spread some festive cheer.

The church's trainee reader, Linda Stone, led the candlelit service, which is organised by The Children's Society charity around the country.

The idea of the services is to spread the key messages of the Christian faith and features people holding candles, with oranges used as a holder.

The meaning of the candles, according to the charity, is that: 'The orange represents the world, the red ribbon indicates the love and blood of Christ, the dried fruits and sweets are symbols of God's creations and the lit candle symbolises Jesus, the light of the world.'

Rev Lorna Allies attended the service and said: 'It was a lovely service, we had a full church with lots of children taking part and they held the candles while we all sang Away In A Manger.

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'It was a lovely way to start Christmas, the children really enjoyed it and sang absolutely beautifully.'

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