Today is one of the best days of the year in parish ministry - Christingle was yesterday afternoon (and was very well recieved and attended) and is over again for another year. Never really worked about what it is that I dislike about Christingle, and have been accused of liturgical snobbery more than once.
1. Quite happy with the idea of lots of people joining in without really understanding what the whole is about - what a previous Vicar called "crass participation" -
2 after all its too much to expect them to understand the whole when I don't really know why we do it
3. Still dislike people focusing on Christmas when Christians are keeing Advent
4. Cringe a little when carols slip into the music or people say its not the same without "Away in a Manger" and yet don't want to seem grumpy by saying now we can't sing it.
5. Have already broken the annual promise that I will make debrief notes the same day to help with planning next year - so next year will a similar slightly shambles
6. Still feel a little uncomfortable and exploited by Charities such as the Children Society exploit this act of worship for fundraising - and how incredibly inefficient and uncommitted it is as kids put their 10ps in the collection plate alongside the fivers of committed Children Society folk.
7. Will I pluck up courage to move it Candlemas in 2007 - with all the aggro which would be associated - and make into a mid-winter celebration?
O well its good to get on with Advent!