Churches affiliated with the Church of England are preparing to celebrate Christmas and have released a video to invite people to join the celebrations. Before the pandemic, Church of England churches experienced large turnouts during Advent services and Christmas and they are looking forward to welcoming a large number of people this year. The video titled “The Great Invitation” is especially aimed at those who have never come to church. The video shows the story of a woman through years of Christmases throughout her entire life. It is part of ‘Follow the Star-the Great Invitation’ campaign of the Church of England and will be featured on various social media platforms.
Christian Today reports:
After years of uncertainty, restrictions and lockdowns in the pandemic, Church of England churches across the country are getting ready to welcome people through their doors this Christmas and a new video has been launched with the message that everyone is invited.
Many Church of England churches have traditionally enjoyed large turnouts at their Advent and Christmas services and they are hoping that this year will be no exception.
‘The Great Invitation’ is aimed at people who have never attended church.
It follows a woman through many Christmases over the course of her life and the ways she has been supported by her local church, from appearing in a nativity play as a child to getting married, experiencing bereavement and other major life events.
The video ends with the message, “Wherever you are on life’s journey, you’re invited to church this Christmas.”
It is being launched as part of the Church of England’s Christmas ‘Follow the Star – the Great Invitation’ campaign and will run across its Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
After the challenges of Covid and now a cost of living crisis pushing many people to the brink financially, the Bishop of Ripon, Helen-Ann Hartley, said it was about letting people know that the Church is there for them.
“The message of this year’s Christmas campaign, couldn’t be simpler: we’re there for you – in every community in England, and in our congregations across Europe and beyond,” she said.
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