Preparing for Advent and Christmas 2020
This year has thrown up significant challenges and you may be wondering how churches are going to celebrate with all the current restrictions in place. This page has been designed to offer ideas and inspiration as to what your church can offer.
We would love to add your ideas onto the page, so please email us with your ideas.
Are you wondering how your church can offer Christingle this year? Visit this page for lots of ideas
Carols and Hymns
There are free to use Christmas carols and hymns on A Church Near You website.
Whilst it is important that we abide by the current restrictions, there are still plenty of creative ways we can celebrate Christmas this year. From Stations of Christmas, to Angel Bombing, to a Wild Nativity check out these brilliant ideas to help you plan for Christmas in your church.
For even more ideas of All Age activities that can be done during the pandemic, take a look at this inspiring guide.
Advent Online is an incredible library of resources for churches and individual Christians, reaching out right across the world. Over 3,000 global Christians have shared their resources, gifts, skills and ideas to plan services and outreach during the Advent and Christmas season.
The Hope of Christmas is a lovely two-part new nativity story video with an accompanying All Age service plan and activities for schools and churches. It has been created by St Albans Diocese and Soul Survivor but is free for anyone to use.
We have put together a brilliant guide for schools or families at home, packed full of craft ideas, recipes, nativities to watch and even Christmas Carols to learn to sign!
The Children’s Society have produced a brilliant guide, packed full of ideas for fundraising this Christmas. These include a Tree of Hope, Make & Bake Joy, Walk for Hope and more… Download the guide
The theme of Comfort and Joy has been developed by the Church of England to reflect where the country is and will be by the end of the year. The resources that will be available include:
- Short reflections from public figures
- An accompanying booklet
- Reflections by email with prayer activities for children
- Youth reflections
- Online weekly services
- Music that can be used in online and in person services
South West Carols! A Spectacular Online Festive Experience: Live on 5 & 6 December at 7pm
Celebrate with people all over the South West tuning in from their home for a festive online production featuring traditional carols, creative musical items, a nativity produced by children across the region, items to make you laugh out loud, interviews and stories, fun and engaging audience interaction points, and more.
Acts taking part in the event include:
- London Community Gospel Choir
- Wildwood Kin
- Joe Hardy & South West Musicians
- Lucy Grimble (more to follow)
We all know that 2020 has been an interesting year, but that doesn’t mean Christmas is cancelled! And the first ever South West Carols event will be a celebration of all the GOOD things that take place at this wonderful time of the year as we remember the reason for the season.
So, grab a cup of hot coco, dig out that that box of chocolates, get toasty by the fire and and invite all your friends for our first ever South West Carols!