Christmas is one of the highlights of the Christian year and a time of great celebration.








This year the Advent and Christmas theme reflects the current Covid context and we hope that Comfort and Joy will better enable us to reflect where the country is and will be by the end of this year. 

Comfort and Joy holds together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – it may be the Church’s role, both nationally and locally, to provide consolation, rather than assume everyone will be ready to join in jubilation. We also have to anticipate there may be further spikes.  In the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15,  ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’.

Reflections - Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas will mirror the structure of a traditional carol service, exploring both biblical texts and the words of much-loved Christmas carols. The reflections are being edited by the Ven John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth.  Published in booklet form by Church House Publishing and also made available freely via app, smart speaker, audio and email.  There will also be a series of youth reflections available in December. - this website is available for churches to list the full range of church building and online services taking place.  The site also includes a Resource Hub providing free adaptable content (such as customisable videos, images and approaches to online giving).  Please register all your Christmas services on the site

Online services and events - In collaboration with a range of Christian charities and organisations, the Church of England will produce nine online services throughout Advent and Christmas. Charities involved include Christian Aid, Church Army and Embrace.  Please share and re post content on your social media channels where possible.

Singing and music - For centuries, music has been integral to both Advent and Christmas and this year it will be even more important the national team will be offering resources to help socially distanced and online choirs and worship groups to share music from across the traditions. This will include providing music for churches to use as part of online and physical services and events.

Printed materials - Bookmarks, Christmas cards, banners, flyers, posters, booklets and other printed items will be made available for churches to purchase, as in previous years.

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Please read The Revd James MArstons thoughts on Christmas this year in his article appearing in the East Anglian Daily Times on Saturday 30 September 2020. 

Christmas 2020 | Weblink

For further information 

Comfort and Joy | Weblink

Church of England Christmas | Weblink

Christingle Services | Weblink