22 Dec 2009 Conway Christian School holds Cristingle service
“We have a chapel each year during the Christmas season where we give a special offering,” said Nikki Hawks Jones, development director at the school, explaining that this year’s donation would be given to the Community Foundation of
Faulkner County as part of the “Step up to the plate” campaign.
The foundation is creating an endowment to help fund hunger relief agencies – forever.
In addition, Conway Christian students collected more than 600 canned food items to donate to Bethlehem House, a homeless shelter. “We had one second grade class that brought 150 cans just themselves! It’s great to see the out pouring of love coming from our students.”
A Cristingle is a symbolic object – an orange represents the world and a lighted candle placed through the top represents that Jesus is the light of the world. A red ribbon around the orange represents the blood of Christ shed for the world and candy attached to the ribbon represents each of the four seasons.
During the chapel service, Shawn Hammontree, youth minister at Antioch Baptist Church, served as the worship leader.
“At the end of the chapel, the children in silence will drop their change into a container, knowing that this money is going toward those in need. It’s a really emotional event.”