Sunday, 28 October 2018

What is a Christingle?

Introducing a Christingle might be a wonderful way to engage your students in a very Christmassy Chapel Service.

You could perhaps demonstrate creating a Christingle with the help of some students as you explain the meaning behind these special symbols.

Everything you need to know is on the Request website. There is a video and a great hand out to help you make the Christingle.

 The website explains very clearly the meaning behind this tradition.

“The origins of Christingle services are unknown but the word means ‘Christ Light’ and celebrates Jesus coming as the light of the World to show people the way to God.

The orange is round like the world. It means that God’s love is for everybody, everywhere.

The candle symbolises Jesus. He talked about himself as light coming into a dark place. Christians believe he brought people God’s love into the world in a new way.

The red ribbon goes all around the ‘world’. It is a symbol of Jesus’ blood – a reminder that he died for the people of the world.

The four sticks point in all directions representing the four directions: North, South, East and West. It’s another symbol that God’s love is for everyone. The fruit, nuts and sweets represent all God’s good gifts to us.”

You might find teachers might like to create something similar in their own classrooms after your Chapel Service.

You will find these instructions and a video on the website at

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

What is your hope for tomorrow?

We can be so grateful for the abundant blessings in our lives. As Christmas approaches, perhaps we can encourage our students to think about how they can make a real difference in the lives of others.

I was hearing about one of our wonderful teachers (Milissa the Marvellous) who is designing her Christmas Units on the theme of Gratitude focussing on the wonderful gift of Jesus Christ. Such fabulous work! 

I suggested that perhaps she could use the gift catalogues from TEAR or World Vision to help her students think of ways to give to others.

I love using these catalogues to ‘shop’ for family and friends. Let the students jump online and make their Christmas shopping lists. Do your own shopping while you are there!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

What does Sand have to do with Christmas?

I have no idea how sand art works, but I love to watch this mesmerising form of creativity. This could be used as a wonderful time of stillness and silence as students simply watch the story being told through the flow and movements of sand.

There are so many sand art videos – but here are a few to watch and enjoy. Maybe they could be used during Chapel? Some are only a few minutes – while The Christmas Miracle by Joe Castillo is about 20 minutes.

Monday, 15 October 2018

The Christmas Story

If you are seeking ideas or resources this Christmas, don't forget to have a look at Max7.  Max7 is such a great website, but sometimes I need a little reminder to look there for great resources.
You will find so many fabulous videos and of course, there is the Christmas favourite. This could be a great way to introduce your students to reading the Biblical account of Christmas. Enjoy 'The Christmas Story' from Max7.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Mog's Christmas

Today's tip for all Chaplains and religious educators is a Fr Bryan Special! When you have a Chaplain with a fabulous sense of humour and a genuine heart for God, you know Chapel will be fun.
If you haven't watched Mog's Christmas, then take the time to enjoy this with your students. Lots of laughter and special lessons about love, caring and community - and a little chaos too!
Enjoy all the discussions that will be sparked after watching this Christmas ad. Let your students reflect on what they think this ad is truly about.