Diocese of Manchester

    Follow the Star this Christmas

    Become a 'star church'!

    The Church of England's #FollowTheStar Christmas campaign for 2018 aims to deepen the Christmas experience by encouraging people into a local church service or event to share in the joy of Jesus’ birth.

    Here are five ways in which your church can get involved:

    • Encourage churches in your diocese to be ‘star churches’ by displaying stars prominently. The bigger and more visible the better. If possible, illuminate at night and share on social media on Friday 21st December to be part of the ‘night of the stars’.
    • Update your church page on A Church Near You! The site receives more than 10 million page views each year and 50% more services and events were listed last year than the year before on the website. Make sure you tag your services with ‘FollowTheStar’ as well as ‘Christmas’, ‘mince pies’ ‘mulled wine’, ‘Advent’ and ‘Christmas carols’ as appropriate.
    • Order the #FollowTheStar: A Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas booklets.The resource has been written by The Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley and features a welcome from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. The booklets are available individually and in bulk-savings packs for congregations and visitors to your church to use. View a sample copy and buy copies from Church House Publishing. From late November 2018, users can sign up to receive the daily reflections by e-mail and through an Android or iOS app.
    • Distribute 'Star Activities' Advent calendar for families. Print copies for children's book bags at our local C of E primary schools, hand out to families at church and use as basis for children's church activities during December. An interactive version will be available of the Church of England website.
    • Download and buy posters, logos and other resources. The Church of England has partnered with CPO on a range of resources that can be bought on the Church Print Hub website. In addition, digital resources can be found on the C of E website.

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The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400