At the heart of Christmas

2nd December 2021

We hope and pray that many of the familiar experiences that help Christmas come alive return to our homes, our churches and communities, but whatever December brings there are number of ways you can embrace the spirit of Christmas. Services and nativities are being planned in churches, online and the Christmas story is being brought to life in a host of creative ways:

  • St George’s, Wembdon is taking its mobile nativity around the community again,
  • St Mary’s, Timsbury is holding a service designed to accommodate children with special needs and their carers
  • Bath Abbey's Christmas services will be made even more special by the presence of the Museum of the Moon
  • LGBT+ affirming Carol Service, 12 December, 5.30pm, St Stephen's Church Landsdown, Bath.
  • Carols from Junction 24 Livestock Market, 13 December 
  • Carols in the ring at Frome Livestock Market, 15 December, 7pm, tickets from the market office.
  • A number of places across the diocese have Advent windows to view

You can find out more about what church services are happening over Christmas in your area on the A Church Near You website.

You can join us online in Advent as we take a global perspective to journey through the account of Jesus’ birth. Developed with children and young people in mind by our youth advisers, along with the Send a Cow charity and Movement, the youth and young adult ministry, our Advent actvities have something to offer all ages. There are five short videos (one for each week of Advent plus one for Christmas Day featuring Bishop Ruth) and daily challenges on social media; all based around the themes of hope, joy, peace and love.

You can also join the Church of England online for the ‘At the heart of Christmas’ campaign, which is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. There are many ways to join and plenty of resources available for you or your church community to use. You can download the At the Heart of Christmas app (for Android and Apple devices), sign up for email reflections and digital updates and find a host of family activities on the Family Activities Advent Calendar.

Starting on Christmas Eve and continuing daily (Monday to Saturday) until Epiphany on 6 January, you will be able to hear 12 stories and meditations from the archbishops and guests as they explore themes close to the heart of Christmas. The audio versions of the reflections are available to activate for free on Alexa and Google Home smart devices.

There's also an online family activity Advent calendar, the first ever Church of England Christmas single, a Christmas advert and much more.