The Church of England has produced a range of fun resources – in print and online – to help everyone, from tiny tots to older people, ‘Follow the Star: Join the Song’ at church throughout Advent and Christmas, and experience something of the wonder and hope of the Good News of Jesus’ birth.
Advent calendar sticker scene
The ‘Follow the Star: Join the Song’ Advent calendar is a fun and educational way for children and their families to mark Advent and celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. With stickers for every day of Advent, build the fold-out, stand-up crib scene and read the rhyming Nativity story sheet, which tells the story of how – and why – Jesus came to be born in Bethlehem.
Advent calendar online
The Church of England’s online ‘Follow the Star: Join the Song’ Advent calendar offers daily activities, a reflection and prayer for children and families.
View here >> Advent Calendar | The Church of England
Join the song
As part of the ‘Follow the Star: Join the Song’ campaign, the Church of England has released a brand-new carol, ‘The First Nowell’, which will see churches across the country joining the song and singing this and other carols old and new to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Sheet music of the new carol is freely available for choirs or music groups wishing to perform the song, together with learning tracks and individual parts.
Download the music and rehearsal tracks from A Church Near You.
Connect on social media
If you’ve not seen all the resources for sharing the Good News of Christmas with your worshipping community, we’ve rounded up all the links to tips, training and social media graphics for you:
- Create fun and engaging posts with these content ideas for Facebook and/or Instagram.
- This slideshow shows you how to get up to speed on Canva, to create personalised posters and graphics for your services and events.
- Learn how to edit videos using Canva, to share your recordings easily on social media.
- Find out how to add your Christmas services to AChurchNearYou.com, to welcome people into your community.
- Get the free downloadable music and customisable social media graphics from the AChurchNearYou.com Resource Hub.
- Catch up on the national Church team’s free Christmas-themed webinars here.