#FollowTheStar is the Church of England’s 2018 Christmas campaign to share the Christmas message of love and hope to those who may not be familiar with Church.
In addition to some daily reflections for church congregations and individuals the campaign is designed to draw attention to the range of church services available to those wishing to go to church over the festive period.
How can churches get involved?
Advertise your services
The most important thing for churches to do is to ensure that your Christmas services are listed on the A Church Near You website which is the central hub for those interested in, but not affiliated with, a local church.
Even outside the Christmas period A Church Near You is a great resource for churches – receiving around 10 million page views a year and growing year on year. Many of these visitors are also coming to ACNY for the first time, 82% in fact. A lot of the enquiries churches receive through the site are for weddings and christenings so do ensure your church has an account and it is kept up to date.
The Church of England will be sharing some interactive family Advent and Christmas calendar along with some videos on social media to encourage people into local churches – sharing these posts and getting involved will help maximise the number of people the campaign reaches and gets into churches.
Get the resources
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.
A range of resources that can be bought on the Church Print Hub website to support the #FollowTheStar campaign. In addition, digital resources can be found on the Church of England website.
Be a Star Church
Display a star prominently on your church – posting a photo of an illuminated star on your church on Friday 21st December will make you a part of the ‘night of the stars’!
#FollowTheStar promises to be a hugely exciting and impactful national campaign with great potential for your church. Ensure that you are ready!