Comedian Jo Brand is backing a new website launched by the Church of England on 27th November, to help people find a Christmas service near them.
Details of Christmas, crib, nativity, Christingle and carol services posted by many of the Church of Englandâ€™s 16,000 places of worship are just a click away at www.christmasnearyou.com
â€œAs usual, I am looking forward to Christmas this year and going to a church service,â€ says Jo. â€œI'm not really a churchy person although I do think Jesus was a good bloke. The singing of carols and Christmas churches decorated with nativity scenes and holly are a great attraction for families at Christmas time, particularly for me, because they remind me of my childhood in a small Kent village when it always seemed to be snowing at Christmas.â€
By simply entering a postcode, www.christmasnearyou.com
will show all the times and places of all nearby Christmas and carol services.
â€œI think many people in this country who are not regular churchgoers do manage to get along to a traditional Christmas service,â€ says Jo. â€œIt marks a time of year when we should be thinking particularly about people for whom Christmas is a grim or sad time and how it's not all about presents and consumerism.â€
In 2012 a similar site will promote special services to celebrate the Queenâ€™s Golden Jubilee.