#FollowTheStar is the Church of England’s 2018 Christmas campaign. With thousands of Christmas services and events will be taking place in churches all over the Diocese of London in the run up to Christmas, all can be shared under this useful hashtag, and through a new app that will be a launched nearer to Christmas eve.
“For many of us, Christmas brings up so many emotions, memories and expectations. We have one nativity story, but it can seem like we all have very different Christmases.
“For you it might be a time of joy and togetherness. Or perhaps it’s all about planning and to-do lists. Many others can find it a sad and lonely time – nagged by the feeling that your Christmas is not like those ‘perfect’ ones we see in the media.
“But just like the unexpected assortment of people who were invited to meet the baby Jesus, #FollowTheStardoesn’t ask you to be perfect. It says: come just as you are to take the life-changing Christmas journey.”
Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu
How can local churches get involved?
Firstly, please make sure that your parish page is on the A Church Near You Website it up-to-date, as there is evidence that people across London use it to find where their local Christmas services and events are being held. This information with be used to filter into a new #FollowTheStar app.
Linking the app is a booklet #FollowTheStar: A journey through the 12 days of Christmas, which invites everyone to travel in the footsteps of the Wise Men to meet Jesus. Offering fourteen daily reflections – beginning on Christmas Eve and finishing on the Epiphany (6 January) – the #FollowTheStar booklet is ideal for sharing with those attending Advent and Christmas services and events.
All churches are being encouraged to get involved through five ways, including
The diocesan communications team provides support to the network of clergy, churches, parishes and other worshipping communities that comprises the Diocese of London, as well as to the staff teams of the London Diocesan Fund.
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