Christmas Resources

Based on the success of #FollowTheStar in 2018, we're excited to announce that the national Advent and Christmas campaign will continue with #FollowTheStar in 2019 and 2020!

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#FollowTheStar: A journey through the 12 days of Christmas 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.

For all resources and links visit the Church of England Christmas Resources page or Church Print Hub

Follow the Star Resources include:

'A journey through the 12 days of Christmas': single copypack of 10pack of 50 | single large print
Bookmark
Greetings Card: single copy | pack of 10
Follow the Star Poster 1 | Poster 2 | Poster Pack | Landscape poster 1 | Landscape poster 2
Customisable flyer
Banner: Horiztonal | Customizable Horizontal | Vertical | Vertical Message | Customisable Roll-up | Roll-up
Hanging Stars Pack: 25 x small | 10 x medium | 5 x large
Gift tag (pack of 20)
Powerpoint Image
Message Invitation Folder (pack of 10)
Invitations: 10 x Flat | 10 x Paper folded
JPG image
Illuminated Message Banner
Selection of free downloads: Logo | Standard Poster | Keynote Graphics | Facebook Header | Service times poster


Diocese of Norwich Christmas Resources


The Story of Christmas 

Screen_Shot_2018-11-16_at_12.51.02_copy.jpgThis DVD contains the 1 minute 30 second Story of Christmas nativity video narrated by the Bishop of Norwich.

The video can be used in many contexts and we would encourage everyone to purchase as many copies as needed or to give out to others.

There's no charge for the DVD other than postage.

You can also watch the short film below.

 

 

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The Story of Christmas Bookmark

These bookmarks can be used in many contexts and we would encourage churches to give these out across the Christmas season.

There's no charge for the bookmarks other than postage.

 


Mapping Advent

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Explore Advent’s rich themes through Biblical reflection, art, poetry and music.

In this pack there are four maps each dealing with one of Advent’s many rich themes:

    • Watching and waiting
    • Preparing a place
    • The need for change
    • Saying yes

Some of the readings, poems, music, art and connecting reflections identified as relevant to one theme will also speak to another. However, the material does broadly mirror one traditional Advent progression - from the waiting people of God, to the prophets, to John the Baptist and to Mary. 

Mapping Advent may be useful to those who lead worship, lay or ordained, and is perfect for any individual or group wanting to reflect afresh upon Advent and live more deeply ‘in the season’.

 

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A Gift for All - Musical Nativity Play

A musical nativity play written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The National Society.

The character of Joshua Watson, a founder member of the The National Society, provides a commentary. For community schools there is a simple adaptation, allowing Joshua Watson to be omitted altogether or to be replaced by a different commentator.  The accompanying resources include an alternative version narrated by Edith Cavell. If you work with a community school and would like a copy of this nativity to share with them we would be delighted to send you one. 

The nativity play includes six songs, has a total running time of 30 minutes and is suitable for using in churches as a crib service.

There's no charge for the booklet other than postage.

Includes Music/Audio CD and Resources CD.  Preview one of the songs below:

 


Resources by individuals and charities


Christmas_Story_pic.jpgA Christmas Story - The Snow Goose

Jon Wright introduces the story of God becoming a man in order to save the world in this charming story 'The Snow Goose'.

Christmas is a time when many people are open to the possibility that God exists, But many Christians are not sure how to pass on the good news to their family, friends and neighbours. 'A Christmas Story' has been approved by Bishop Graham for distribution to all parishes and is ideal to give out a events such as carol services.

Depending on how many you require, the cost is approximately 10p plus postage.

Orders of 'The Snow Goose - A Christmas Story' should be sent to John Wright 01508 494366 or info@branchpress.com '

 


Send_a_cow.jpgCelebrate an alternative Christmas this year; less waste and more cheer with Send a Cow

Send a Cow has gifts for everyone, and they all come with an info card and greetings card for you to personalise.

Your loved one will see how their gift is changing lives in Africa, giving families the skills, tools and livestock to grow an income from their land.

You can also buy resources for villages and communities across Africa with their Secret Santa

The Real Advent Calendar

The Real Advent Calendar is the UK’s only Fairtrade Advent calendar which comes with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book and supports charitable causes. The Real Advent Calendar is a fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. 


 The Age-Old Reason for Joy

 Robin Mayhew has enthusiastically composed a joyful and thought-provoking song for   Christmas-time that looks at what - or who - we are really celebrating this time of year. His   website includes all the resources required for learning and singing this song completely   free!