Resources for Advent and Christmas

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Follow The Star: The Great Invitation

Resources for Advent and Christmas 2022

Following a series of difficult Christmases, churches across the Church of England are hoping that 2022 offers a chance to welcome people back to services and events that haven’t been possible recently.

Discover resources to invite your community back to church this Christmas. The services and events will be specific to your community, but here you will find signposts to the national branding, reflections and more that will help you to invite people into your church – both online and onsite.

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A Church Near You

List your onsite and online Advent and Christmas services on, using an Advent or Christmas tag. From the start of Advent, they will then appear on a special Christmas landing page, that we will be driving the public to via advertising and publications.

Last year, received 77 million page views, and 80 per cent of visitors were on the site for the first time.

By the start of Advent, the site also will carry a range of ‘Great Invitation’ features to help everyone invite family and friends:

  • Improved ‘Share with a friend’ buttons on all events.
  • If you share a Christmas event link from, the link preview will carry a “You’re invited” link preview graphic.
  • Improved ‘Add to calendar’ functionality to make it easier for visitors to plan their services.
  • Larger, clearer text options in the custom video generator and social media graphic generator, to help you invite people on social media (download on the Resource Hub)
  • ‘Great Invitation’ PowerPoint slides to download for your own invitation messages (download on the Resource Hub).

Downloadable hymns will also be available on the Resource Hub, for all Church of England churches to use for free. We will be sharing music from across the traditions, available thanks to the partnership with St Martin-in-the-Fields and Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).

  • By the end of September, we will publish a track list of all the Christmas music that we will be providing on the Resource Hub
  • All tracks available to download by end of October.

Resource Hub: A Church Near You

Our theme for 2022

In line with feedback from dioceses and parishes, we are returning to the very popular Follow The Star branding used in two previous years to encourage people to attend their local church at Christmas and to take the next step on their journey of faith.

We will be developing new resources for 2022 which will work alongside material from previous years, with a focus on The Great Invitation - encouraging everyone to share the joy of gathering together to celebrate the birth of Jesus with their family, friends and neighbours - especially after two years where this has been impossible for many.


What are the key elements of the campaign?

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 Follow the Star theme:

The Great Invitation short liturgy: commissioning people to invite others to church
Printed materials
Christmas in a Box
National online services for Advent and Christmas

You are not alone this Christmas

Christmas can be difficult for many people. Whether facing bereavement, loneliness or another struggle, space to reflect during December can be useful in the busyness of the season. The Church of England has a range of resources for those finding Christmas hard.

  • The Archbishop of York will be leading a Blue Christmas service on the third Sunday of Advent, 11 December at 9am. You can watch on our website, YouTube or Facebook channel.
  • Those remembering someone who has died are invited to light a virtual candle on our website.
  • On Christmas Day, gather with us at 4pm on our YouTube channel as we countdown your top 10 Christmas carols and chat together in the comments.
  • A range of prayers for those struggling at this time of year will be shared. Follow us on Instagram to see those.

Webinar: Support your church this Advent and Christmas

Learn more and explore this year's Advent and Christmas resources in our webinar recording below or view slides from the webinar.

Other resources

Print resources
How-to blogs
Generous Christmas
Design elements and assets