At the heart of Christmas

First published on: 23rd November 2021

At the heart of Christmas

At the heart of Christmas is the Church of England's theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. A wide range of resources and support is available for use by churches, including printed and digital materials.

At the heart of Christmas is a deliberately simple and open theme – one it's hoped can be used by churches to invite their communities to share in celebrating the good news of Christmas in a variety of ways, whatever the prevailing circumstances.  

The resources include Reflections - 12 stories and meditations from Justin Welby, Stephen Cottrell and guests where they will share personal stories exploring themes close to the heart of Christmas. There are also prayer cards, bookmarks, and customizable videos.  View all the resources here

National online services for every Sunday during Advent will be available on the Church of England's YouTube channel. Look out for churches in the Diocese of Manchester being featured in some of the Advent services.

A Church Near You

Every church has a presence on A Church Near You and now is the time to make sure it's up to date. Remember to tag your Christmas services on ACNY.  Last year AChurchNearYou.com received 77 million page views, and 80 per cent of visitors were on the site for the first time.

If you need help using ACNY, please refer to one of our training videos.




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