Christmas and Advent 2021 resources

The Church of England has announced its Advent and Christmas theme for 2021 – ‘At the heart of Christmas’.

Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John, ‘At the heart of Christmas’ is an invitation for everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s everlasting love.

The openness of the theme very much encourages people to consider what they hold close to their hearts during the Christmas period, to give thanks for their blessings and celebrate the good news of Christ’s birth.

As in previous years, the national Church is working with dioceses and churches to make a range of digital and print content available, branded with the At the heart of Christmas theme:

The campaign will consist of ‘12 Stories and Meditations’ from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, and others, as they share personal stories exploring themes close to the heart of Christmas. This will start on Christmas Eve (Friday 24 December) and continue, Monday to Saturday, until the Epiphany (Thursday 6 January). These stories will be available in print or digital form.

Throughout Advent and Christmas, people will be able to ring Daily Hope, a free phone number (0800 804 8044) to hear reflections, services and music through the phone.

There will also be a national online service for Advent and Christmas, live each Sunday of advent. These services will be available on the Church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

As well as online services, people are also encouraged  to seek local services by using A Church Near You, which scans for nearby churches and outlines upcoming events. Over 100 songs will also be uploaded onto ACNY, which are completely free to use in advertising. They're also releasing graphics that local churches can use for their own services, and a printable prayer card that can be placed on a Christmas tree.

Churches can personalise resources available on the A Church Near You Resource Hub by using Canva - an online content editing software. Churches can even apply for Canva Pro if they are a non-profit.

On social media, content ideas include; videos with the real message of christmas, pre-recorded and live videos, share invites to services and events and raise awareness to your local impact projects.

It's important to remain social on social media. Speak to the people in your Facebook groups, perhaps asking them what their favourite Christmas carol is, Christmas dinner favourites etc?

Digital Labs are running Christmas webinars this Winter.

You can read more about the online and digital resources for this year’s Christmas theme on the Church of England website.

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