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Here are some of the brilliant Advent and Christmas resources we've come across. There’s something to inspire everyone: from planning services and activities, to more personal and family friendly materials.
We hope these resources inspire faith in you and those around you this Christmas.
Hands at Work: Illuminate - Listen to this Advent podcast series from Hands at Work, with accounts from Africa among widows and orphans.
Archbishop of York Youth Trust: Community Matters at Christmas - A free schools' resource for KS2 and KS3 this Advent. This resource celebrates how our community can bring us joy, acceptance, generosity and love.
Meaningful Chocolate Company - These products are a great way to share the Christmas story. They are Fairtrade, made in the UK and the Calendars come with a 24 page Christmas story-activity book.
Sat-7: Watch and Wait Advent – Resources you need to pray with Sat-7 during advent as an individual, small group or church
The Church of England: At the Heart of Christmas - Advent reflections, inspiring reflections for 12 days starting on Christmas eve and tips for making the most of your digital presence.
Children’s Society and Messy Church Christingle - These organisations have teamed up to help you organise and deliver Christingle in a different way. With loads of ideas and activities, this is fun for all ages.
Messy Church Advent and Christmas - Activities and other ideas as Messy Churches plan the celebration of Advent and Christmas.
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 be 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.
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.
GFA World: Christmas Resources - Free encouraging resources for your church or family. They have many ideas to bless poor families in Asia or Africa & a Children’s Activity Booklet to help understand mission and how Christmas is celebrated in other countries.
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.
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.
Out of the Ark Music - Some great ideas here for putting on a nativity for Christmas 2021.
Christian BSL: Christmas Carols in British Sign Language - The songs include much loved Christmas songs and carols in BSL video which you can download to include in your church Christmas services.
Hope Together: Hope at Christmas Magazine - This magazine helps churches engage with local communities during the festive season and including stories of hope from well known Christians as well as the hope of the Christmas story. Copies at just 10p are available to order from the HOPE shop with deliveries available now.
Bible Society: 'The Impossible Promise', 'The Christmas Poem' and more - The Bible Society have a selection of resources available, including Advent reflections, alternative Advent calendar, nativity resources, children's videos and more. ‘The Impossible Promise’ and 'The Christmas Poem' are free children's booklets, also available as videos (below).
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, Livability and Count Everyone In 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).
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: 'The Impossible Promise' - This video animation is perfect to show at your church Christmas service. It’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face and bring a fresh perspective on the nativity.
Bible Society: 'The Christmas Poem' - This animated video poem is a lovely re-telling of the Christmas story for children. Available to download from the link.
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 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.
Mark Bradford and Darla Robinson: Bethlehemian Rhapsody - This video is a fun take on the nativity story using the song, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
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