‘Follow the Star: Join the Song’ Advent and Christmas resources for churches to engage with all ages

Published: Tuesday December 5, 2023

Boy taking Advent stickers off a sheetThe 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.

Buy here >> Follow the Star Advent Calendar (chpublishing.co.uk)


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.


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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:

Watch the official recording of The First Nowell here:

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