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Twitter Christmas

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams (@lambethpalace), the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu) and Archbishop Designate Justin Welby (@bishopofdurham) will have their Christmas Day sermons tweeted for the first time ever this year. They will be joined by congregations and clergy from across the Church of England (@c_of_e) in a Christmas Tweet campaign on #ChristmasStartsWithChrist.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, congregations and clergy in the 12,000 parishes of the Church of England are being encouraged to get out their smartphones and livetweet the joy and meaning of Christmas to the 10 million  people who make up the UK's 'Twitterati'.

"This is a brilliant opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas out of churches and into people's lives and homes," says the Revd Arun Arora (@RevArun), Director of Communications at the Archbishops' Council. "It is the first time that the joy and excitement of Christmas will have been broadcast widely on Twitter. There are large numbers of social media enthusiasts to be found in pews and pulpits across the country. This is an invitation for them to join together to celebrate the joy of the Christ Child coming into the world, taking the real meaning of Christmas to a new digital audience. Churches from all denominations will be invited to broadcast their services via twitter."

A Twitter spokesperson said: "Twitter brings you closer to the things you are passionate about - and for millions of people across the globe that is faith."

"It is fantastic to see the Church of England embracing Twitter and using it to share their Christmas message with new audiences."
The hashtag #ChristmasStartsWithChrist goes live on Christmas Eve. Tweets can be expected from carol, crib and midnight services, before carrying on into Christmas morning services at which stage the highlights of the sermons at Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster and Durham Cathedral will join the torrent of tweets.