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/ 15 November 2021

Advent and Christmas 2021 resources: At the heart of Christmas

‘At the heart of Christmas’ is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021.

As in previous years, the national Church has been working with dioceses and churches to make a range of digital and print content available, branded with the At the heart of Christmas theme.

For the full list of resources please visit the Church of England website. 

Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. It is also a challenge to each of us to ponder in our hearts – as Mary did – what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.

At the heart of Christmas is a deliberately simple and open theme – one that we hope can be used by local churches to invite their communities to share in celebrating the good news of Christmas in a whole variety of ways, whatever the prevailing circumstances.

The message is designed to work alongside a wide range of local, diocesan and national initiatives and activities – supporting and highlighting the many ways churches help their communities connect with the heart of Christmas through thick and thin, year in, year out.


Justin Welby, Stephen Cottrell and guests have written 12 Stories and Meditations, where they will share personal stories exploring themes close to the heart of Christmas.

Sign up to receive the reflections by email

Starting on Christmas Eve and continuing daily (Monday to Saturday) until the Epiphany (6 January), At the Heart of Christmas: 12 Days of stories and meditations for Christmas will help you make space for that exploration.

These reflections will also be made available freely via:

  • audio
  • app with accompanying resources for children and families
  • the Church House Publishing Booklet, along with other shareable print resources (free mailing to clergy)​.

Printed materials

Bookmarks, prayer cards, family prayer cards and booklets are available for churches to purchase, as in previous years. Booklets are available as a single copy and booklets, bookmarks and prayer cards are all available in packs of 10 and 50. Booklets are also available in large print.

Pre-printed materials will be available (along with copies of the Reflections booklet) to order via the Church House Publishing website.

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