#JoytotheWorld this Christmas
18th November 2016
**NEW** 18 November – A page of resources from the Church of England to help people find your Christmas Services has been published here
Upload service details: On 1 December a new website will go live, inviting people across the country to attend local parish services at Christmas. Parishes can visit: www.AChristmasNearYou.org/upload from NOW and complete a simple form no later than 1st December to register their Christmas church services.
Anyone will be able to find the nearest Christmas services to them (or search for services in a particular location). It will be able to fillter by date, whether there will be carols and accessibility such as wheelchair access, sign language and parking and more. They’ll also be able to find which Christmas services are serving mince pies or mulled wine! For smartphones, the website will be able to use geolocation to find where the person is and show which Christmas services are happening nearest to them.
Videos: To promote the website and accompanying Christmas social media campaign, there will be four videos on the theme of Christmas Joy. The videos will star Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley, comedian Paul Kerensa, Matt Woodcock (author of ‘Becoming Reverend,’ and Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Revd Rose Hudson Wilkin – each talking about a moment of Christmas Joy in their lives.
Social Media Campaign: The website will be supported by a social media campaign from the launch of the website, right up to Christmas Day using the hashtag #JoyToTheWorld. Churches from across the country will be encouraged to share photos/videos of their churches celebrating and asking the millions of people who attend church at Christmas to tweet about the church services and celebrations they have attended.