Producing the cards is a difficult process, but one that the team have mastered with the help of Sue Macdonald, Team Administrator. The cards go through a rigorous editing process in October, around the same time that Sue begins to assemble the list of properties in the area. She uses the 300-page list to identify the number of houses in each street. Then, once the 13,000 cards are printed, she bundles them by street and sticks a label on each.
‘People in the congregations are invited to look for a street that they can deliver to,’ she explains. ‘We’ve tried to make it more regional, distributing them around the different churches.’ And, with around 600 people across the five churches each week, they have plenty of volunteers.
This is the third year they’ve delivered Christmas cards, and the second year the team have used the #FollowTheStar theme. Barry Hill, Team Rector, is a fan. ‘The national church resources are great,’ he says. ‘There’s so much good stuff available, but churches don’t always use it. If we’re not careful we can re-invent the wheel badly.’