The Church of England has announced its Advent and Christmas theme for 2021 – ‘At the heart of Christmas’.

Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John, ‘At the heart of Christmas’ is an invitation for everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s everlasting love.

The openness of the theme very much encourages people to consider what they hold close to their hearts during the Christmas period, to give thanks for their blessings and celebrate the good news of Christ’s birth.

As in previous years, the national Church is working with dioceses and churches to make a range of digital and print content available, branded with the At the heart of Christmas theme:

The campaign will consist of ‘12 Stories and Meditations’ from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, and others, as they share personal stories exploring themes close to the heart of Christmas. This will start on Christmas Eve (Friday 24 December) and continue, Monday to Saturday, until the Epiphany (Thursday 6 January). These stories will be available in print or digital form.

Throughout Advent and Christmas, people will be able to ring Daily Hope, a free phone number (0800 804 8044) to hear reflections, services and music through the phone.

There will also be a national online service for Advent and Christmas, live each Sunday of advent. These services will be available on the Church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

As well as online services, people are also encouraged  to seek local services by using A Church Near You, which scans  for nearby churches and outlines upcoming events.

If you’re feeling unsure about using online resources, you can sign up to a free introductory webinar, taking place on 13 October from 10-11am.

You can read more about the online and digital resources for this year’s Christmas theme on the Church of England website.

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