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Christmas Resources 2020

 

It’s been a tough year, and while things may look a little bit different this Christmas time, we want to extend both comfort for these hard times, and also joy at the unchanging hope of Jesus in the Christmas story. 

Here we share some of the brilliant Advent and Christmas resources we've come across. There’s something to inspire everyone: with material to include in planning services and activities, and more personal or family friendly resources too. 

However you might use them, we hope these resources will inspire Comfort and Joy in you and those around you this Christmas.


Advent

Prayer Spaces in Schools: Sacred Spaces - Four weeks of Advent content to help pupils explore moments of stillness and take time to reflect within the busyness of Christmas, through simple activities. Download the free resource in time for Advent.

Meaningful Chocolate Company: Real Advent Calendar and Chocolate Orange Christingle - These are great ways to share the Christmas story!  They are both Fairtrade, made in the UK and the Calendars come with a 24 page Christmas story-activity book.

Zacharius Trust: The Time is Now, Daily Reflections for Advent - These reflections for advent can be used as material in church services, church groups, or at home as a family during advent.

Sat7: Advent – This pack includes a prayer guide, bible study material and activity


Christmas Services and Resource Packs

The Church of England: Comfort and Joy - Inspiring and consoling material including reflections for the 9 days starting on Christmas day; prayer activities for children and families; Advent youth reflections; online services through Advent and Christmas; and liturgy, singing and music.

J John: Christmas Unwrapped - The pack includes a 28-minute talk by J John, a Bible reading by Sir David Suchet, ‘What Christmas means to me’ by Sir Cliff Richard, a Christmas song from Matt Redman, an animated re-telling of the Christmas Story for children and some social media graphics for promotion too.

Children’s Society and Messy church Christingle - These organisations have teamed up to help you organise and deliver Christingle in a different way this Christmas. With loads of ideas and activities, this is sure to be fun for all ages.

Drive in Carol Service: - This outlines how to go about this novel way of sharing the good news of Christmas. It can of course also be used for Drive-in Church any time of the year.

Church Support Hub: Blue Christmas - Many bereaved people find Christmas unbearably difficult - those who mourn can feel excluded. Why not consider holding a service such as ‘Blue Christmas’ or ‘Longest Night service’, providing a space in church for those who mourn? This resource can be used to create a service or followed by individuals/families at home.

Engage Worship - Plenty of great worship ideas, songs, poems, reflections, videos and more on offer that would be great additions to a church service or small group.


Resource Packs from NGOs

Send a Cow: Life Changing Trees This Christmas - This pack is a brilliant way for churches to support people out of poverty this year. Included are a poster, thought provoking information and activities, and material to use in a church service.

Operation Mobilisation: From Ordinary to Extraordinary - This Christmas Resource Pack includes Christmas service resources, 'The Angel Who Couldn't Sing' animated video, quiz sheets, a poster and an icon/sticker for church communications.

Open Doors: Finding Family – A great resource pack for connecting with your persecuted church family this Christmas, with service materials and guides, and activities for children and youth, alongside the opportunity to support the work of Open Doors.


Planning and Digital Tips

South West Baptist Association: Digital Christmas Webinar - This is a great place to get some tips on planning and doing digital Christmas well – whether that’s Christmas services or other activities digitally for your church this year.


Additional Christmas Resources

Out of the Ark Music - Some great ideas here for putting on a bubble-friendly nativity for Christmas 2020.

Christian BSL: Christmas Carols in British Sign Language - Six of the nation’s most loved Christmas carols in BSL video which you can download to include in your church services.

Hope Together: Hope at Christmas Magazine - This is to help churches engage with local communities during the festive season and includes features to intrigue and challenge readers to explore faith. Copies at just 10p are available to order from the HOPE shop with deliveries available now.

Hope Together: Happyland, The Christmas Story - A re-telling of The Christmas Story illustrated with Happyland characters in this 20-page booklet and accompanying video (see below). Copies of the booklet are available to order at 50p from the HOPE shop.

Bible Society:  'Instant Nativity' & 'It Begins in Bethlehem' - The free script of the 'Instant Nativity' can be included as part of your service or enacted as a family at home! ‘It Begins in Bethlehem’ is a free booklet, also available as a video (below).

Christmas at Ebe: Christmas Packs - Free packs for senior citizens and ‘Light in a box’ Christingle packs for families to do at home. Tailored packs like this are great alternatives that reach out if you can't host your normal get-togethers. You could also include some literature and an invitation to an online Christmas service. Why not try the same in your community?

Evangelical Alliance: Christmas Resources list – Some of our list and more have been put together in this webpage, including a variety of videos, booklets and other materials.

Lifewords: OUTSIDE/IN - Lifewords have teamed up with Biblica and Livability to create an inclusive and accessible booklet called OUTSIDE/IN which aims to welcome people in to the good news of the Christmas story. In addition to the booklet, they also have an animation (see below) and a presentation too. 


Videos

Videos are a brilliant addition to inspire those watching at your Christmas services and small groups.

 

Not just a Baby - This is a spoken word poem about why we really celebrate Christmas. At the heart of all the busy seasonal traditions, lies a baby in a manger who would grow up to save the world…

Bible Society: It Begins in Bethlehem - This video animation is perfect to show at your church Christmas service. With a voiceover from Bob Hartman and showcasing great illustrations by Mark Beech, it’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face and bring a fresh perspective on the nativity.

Christmas starts with Christ - A definitive Christmas advert. A great short video to illustrate the real meaning of Christmas.

Speak Life: 4 Kinds of Christmas - A clever video showcasing the different ways people may (or may not) celebrate Christmas, but ultimately homing into the real meaning.

All Saints Peckham: Nativity on the Overground - This fun and experimental video - part flashmob, part timelapse, part street theatre - retells the Nativity story with a London train line as the backdrop.

Loved this Christmas: John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 remake - A moving remake about the greatest gift you’ll ever know, that shows you’re loved this Christmas. 

Southland Christian Church: Christmas according to kids - This funny retelling of the nativity with a mix of children and adults will bring a light spirit to your service.

Bible Society: With Love from God to you - This is a great free video from the Bible Society which would work really well in church services or Sunday School sessions. There's also booklets and other resources which work alongside it for a small charge.

Lifewords: OUTSIDE/IN - This great animation can be used on its own or alongside the booklet and presentation listed above.

Speaklife and Hope Together: Happyland The Christmas Story - A recreated Nativity scene with characters from the Happyland nativity set in a stop motion video. This short story comes directly from the Bible to tell the true meaning of the Christmas holiday. Follow with Mary, Joseph, the angels, and sheep as they travel through a quirky animated adventure.

Speak Life: He Came Down - This is a moving video in which a mother speaks about how her faith has been impacted by having a daughter who has Down's Syndrome.

Spoken Truth: Mess - A powerful short film which invites us to consider how Jesus was born into and came to save our messy world.

Home For Good: Strange Christmas - We love this short film that can be used as part of a church service! Home for Good have lots of other great resources including sermon notes and children's resources.

Mark Bradford and Darla Robinson: Bethlehmian Rhapsody - This video is a fun take on the nativity story using the song, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

IMPORTANT: Please visit the site of the video you're interested in using to check its usage terms.  Further copyright information and using videos in a church setting is available at churches.uk.ccli.com/licences/cvl/

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