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Publication date:- 2016-12-09

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Help make vulnerable children's voices heard in Merseyside this Christmas

CHURCHES in Merseyside are inviting their local communities to help bring hope to some of the UK's most vulnerable children this festive season by supporting their Christingle celebration in aid of The Children's Society.

A number of services are being held throughout December and beyond, and are open to everyone. All money raised will go towards providing life-changing support for vulnerable children and young people and to make sure their voices are heard.

Families and communities are welcome to come and celebrate at the festive fundraising events, which revolve around children decorating oranges with red ribbon, cocktail sticks and sweets. These, as well as a candle, highlight different parts of the Christian story.

Christingle is a tradition that has been taking place for almost half a century and these events are an opportunity for people of all ages to join in, light a candle and enjoy the warmth and vibrancy of this special festive occasion.

In the UK there are almost 4 million children and young people dealing with hardship, abuse and neglect which are ruining childhoods and future prospects.

With around 1 million people attending each year, the Christingle fundraising events play a key role in supporting The Children's Society's vital work to help some of this country's most vulnerable children. This year, the charity is aiming to raise £1.2 million and all funds raised will be crucial to its work.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, said:- "We're delighted that so many Christingle events are happening across Merseyside to help disadvantaged children and we're truly grateful to everyone who attends for their support. Vulnerable children and young people are at the very centre of what we do and we need to make sure their voices are heard so their lives can be improved. These Christingle events in Merseyside and across the country make it possible for us to carry on our vital work and transform the lives of even more children in need of our help."

To find out about local Christingles near you by going online.

Christingles being held in Merseyside include services at:-
Date Time Venue
11/12/2016 16:00 St. Annes Church
View Road
Rainhill
Prescot
Merseyside
L35 0LE
11/12/2016 18:00 St Johns Church
Kirkstall Road
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 4RA
11/12/2016 10:30 St Helens Parish Church
Church Square
Church Street
St Helens
Merseyside
WA10 1AF
11/12/2016 16:00 St Mary's Church
South Drive
Wavertree
Liverpool
Merseyside
L15 8JJ
11/12/2016 16:00 St. Marys Church
Meadow Lane
West Derby
Liverpool
Merseyside
L12 5EA
11/12/2016 16:30 Rainford Parish Church
Church Road
Rainford
St. Helens
Merseyside
WA11 8HE
11/12/2016 11:00 ST MATTHEWS WITH ST MARY
410 STANLEY ROAD
BOOTLE
MERSEYSIDE
L20 5AE
14/12/2016 18:30 St Athanasius Church
Fountains Road
Liverpool
Merseyside
L4 1QH
16/12/2016 10:00 Highfield URC
90 Rock Lane West
ROCK FERRY
MERSEYSIDE
CH42 4NZ
24/12/2016 15:05 St Cuthberts Church, Croxteth
3 Langley Close
West Derby
Liverpool
Merseyside
L12 0NB
24/12/2016 17:00 Christ Church Birkenhead
Christ Church
Bessborough Road
Prenton
Merseyside
CH43 5RW
24/12/2016 16:00 All Saints Church
3 Church Street
Ainsdale
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 4RA
24/12/2016 15:30 St. John the Divine
Frankby Road
Frankby
Wirral
Merseyside
CH48 1PE
24/12/2016 18:00 St. John the Baptist Church
St. Johns Vicarage, 142 Birkenhead Road
Meols
Wirral
Merseyside
CH47 0LF
24/12/2016 16:00 Saint Peter's Church
Chorley Road
Swinton
Manchester
M27 0WA

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