It is often forgotten that our diocese in Europe is one of the 42 dioceses of the Church of England. The C of E often takes a lead in faith and mission initiatives but they are all too often limited to England.
The latest Christmas publicity drive includes every diocese and some of our churches have already responded. Read some more and see what you can do to keep our diocese on the map for residents and visitors during the Christmas season.
www.achristmasnearyou.org launches in a few days and is a promoted social media campaign. The Diocese in Europe currently has 98 Christmas services listed – and we want as many Christmas services and events added as possible to give people lots of local options!
We’re also encouraging churches who have already added their services to revisit the site to make sure they’ve filled in all the fields and included a helpful and welcoming description to each service to make the site even more engaging for visitors, particularly people who don’t come to church regularly or those who may be visiting for the first time.
The URL churches need to add/edit Christmas services is www.achristmasnearyou.org/upload and the hashtag for the campaign is #JoyToTheWorld
For extra help with Christmas publicity there are dioceses and churches resources at www.achristmasnearyou.org/resources. Here you’ll find the logo, social media graphics and a couple of posters. More will be added over time including download links to the videos when they go live throughout December.
(our picture is of a Christingle service in Pau, France)