Follow the Star…
3 October 2019 by Liz Dumain

Follow the Star…

Follow the Star……………

“It was the star that first caught their attention. It was the star that shone out announcing to the world; Jesus is Here. It was the star that prompted them to make that journey……………..”

#FollowTheStar is the Church of England’s Advent and Christmas campaign which encourages everyone to follow in the footsteps of the Wise Men on their journey to meet Jesus. There are resources and daily reflections, starting on Christmas Eve and ending on the Epiphany (6 January).

Many Churches participated in #FollowTheStar last year and found it a great way to connect with their local community. If you are interested in being part of #FollowTheStar here are 5 quick things that your church can do to prepare this year:

Update your ‘A Church Near You’ page with your Advent and Christmas services and events. A Church Near You is visited more that 12 million times each year and 81 per cent of people who visit the site are first time visitors, so there is a huge opportunity to encourage your local community to come along this festive season.Tag your services with the hashtag #FollowTheStar

Visit the Follow the Star resources page on the Church of England website here. There are high quality and affordable resources to help you publicise your events this Christmas, including posters, prayer cards, bookmarks and free digital resources.

Order the new #FollowTheStar: Twelve Days of Christmas Wonder booklet or leaflet and download the app when it launches. Click here

Have a look at video creation tool which will help you make customisable videos to share in church and on your social media. Use it to encourage your community to come to your services and events.

Display a star on your church building and tag this on A Church Near You – the bigger and more visible the better! You could make one – or buy one like this. Share it on the social media using #FollowTheStar

You can find all the #FollowTheStar information at:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/stories-and-features/how-can-your-church-get-ready-advent-and-christmas-2019

https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/features/follow-the-star-2019

https://www.churchofengland.org/christmas