The Church of England’s 2018 Advent and Christmas campaign #FollowTheStar aims to encourage people into a local church service or event to share in the joy of Jesus’ birth.
#FollowTheStar: A journey through the 12 days of Christmas invites everyone to travel in the footsteps of the Wise Men to meet Jesus. Offering fourteen daily reflections – beginning on Christmas Eve and finishing on the Epiphany (6 January) – the #FollowTheStar booklet is ideal for sharing with those attending Advent and Christmas services and events.
Follow the Star Resources include:
'A journey through the 12 days of Christmas': single copy | pack of 10 | pack of 50 | single large print
Greetings Card: single copy | pack of 10
Follow the Star Poster 1 | Poster 2 | Poster Pack | Landscape poster 1 | Landscape poster 2
Banner: Horiztonal | Customizable Horizontal | Vertical | Vertical Message | Customisable Roll-up | Roll-up
Hanging Stars Pack: 25 x small | 10 x medium | 5 x large
Gift tag (pack of 20)
Message Invitation Folder (pack of 10)
Invitations: 10 x Flat | 10 x Paper folded
Illuminated Message Banner
Selection of free downloads: Logo | Standard Poster | Keynote Graphics | Facebook Header | Service times poster
Diocese of Norwich Christmas Resources
This DVD contains the 1 minute 30 second Story of Christmas nativity video narrated by the Bishop of Norwich.
The video can be used in many contexts and we would encourage everyone to purchase as many copies as needed or to give out to others.
There's no charge for the DVD other than postage.
You can also watch the short film below.
These bookmarks can be used in many contexts and we would encourage churches to give these out across the Christmas season.
There's no charge for the bookmarks other than postage.
Explore Advent’s rich themes through Biblical reflection, art, poetry and music.
In this pack there are four maps each dealing with one of Advent’s many rich themes:
- Watching and waiting
- Preparing a place
- The need for change
- Saying yes
Some of the readings, poems, music, art and connecting reflections identified as relevant to one theme will also speak to another. However, the material does broadly mirror one traditional Advent progression - from the waiting people of God, to the prophets, to John the Baptist and to Mary.
Mapping Advent may be useful to those who lead worship, lay or ordained, and is perfect for any individual or group wanting to reflect afresh upon Advent and live more deeply ‘in the season’.
A musical nativity play written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The National Society.
The character of Joshua Watson, a founder member of the The National Society, provides a commentary. For community schools there is a simple adaptation, allowing Joshua Watson to be omitted altogether or to be replaced by a different commentator. The accompanying resources include an alternative version narrated by Edith Cavell. If you work with a community school and would like a copy of this nativity to share with them we would be delighted to send you one.
The nativity play includes six songs, has a total running time of 30 minutes and is suitable for using in churches as a crib service.
There's no charge for the booklet other than postage.
Includes Music/Audio CD and Resources CD. Preview one of the songs below:
Resources by individuals and charities
Jon Wright introduces the story of God becoming a man in order to save the world in this charming story 'The Snow Goose'.
Christmas is a time when many people are open to the possibility that God exists, But many Christians are not sure how to pass on the good news to their family, friends and neighbours. 'A Christmas Story' has been approved by Bishop Graham for distribution to all parishes and is ideal to give out a events such as carol services.
Depending on how many you require, the cost is approximately 10p plus postage.
Orders of 'The Snow Goose - A Christmas Story' should be sent to John Wright 01508 494366 or email@example.com '
Celebrate an alternative Christmas this year; less waste and more cheer with Send a Cow
Send a Cow has gifts for everyone, and they all come with an info card and greetings card for you to personalise.
Your loved one will see how their gift is changing lives in Africa, giving families the skills, tools and livestock to grow an income from their land.
You can also buy resources for villages and communities across Africa with their Secret Santa
The Bible Society are offering a range of Christmas resources including an instant and a four-minute nativity, a carol booklet, stickers, a set of colouring Christmas cards, a video, an easy-to-read translation of the the gospel of Luke and more.