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Attract new visitors to your carol service!
www.aChurchNearYou.com gets 1000s of visits a week. Every church has a page on the site; any services posted on it will also appear on www.achristmasnearyou.com.
Click here for the Bishop of Salisbury's Christmas letter from Grapevine.
Christmas Twitter Campaign
Twitter UK and the Church of England are working to publicise the true meaning of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (@ABCJustin and @lambethpalace), and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@JohnSentamu) will use the hashtag #Christmasmeans to spread the message of the real meaning of Christmas. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, congregations and clergy are encouraged to get out their mobile devices and finish the sentence: 'Christmas means…' to share the joy and meaning of Christmas with up to 10 million Twitter users.
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Churches reveal 2013 Christmas campaign as tipping point is reached
Following survey findings* which reveal that 51 per cent of people now say that the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas, leading denominations are to unite this autumn to reverse the trend and focus on ‘saving Christmas’.
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‘Sing for Syria’ is a project launched by UNICEF. With Christmas approaching, there are lots of different ways in which churches can get involved, from organising a concert to going carol singing or giving the collection from a pre-arranged Carol Service. Money is desperately needed! www.unicef.org.uk/Fundraise/fundraise-emergency-appeal/Sing-for-Syria.
Unique Advent Calendar opens window of opportunity
The UK's only Fairtrade charity Advent calendar with a free copy of the Christmas story in the box is going on sale across Britain and is set to raise £25,000 for the Children's Society.
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Give 10% of your Christmas spending to food banks: Archbishop of Canterbury makes appeal following increase in number relying on handouts. Click here for the story
Helping the homeless: orange survival bags cost just £2 and can save lives.
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Until 9 December: Advent and Christmas
Christmas Tree Festival 2013 at St Thomas’s Church Salisbury
There will be 100 decorated Christmas trees in the church. Everyone is welcome to come and look at the great variety of decorated trees, enjoy live music and light refreshments.
Entry is free but we hope people will give generously when they leave. After expenses, funds raised will be shared between three local charities.
Tuesday 3 December-Saturday 7 December: 10am-6pm
Thursday 5 December: 10am-8pm
Sunday 9 December: 12noon-6pm
Wednesday 4 December, 7.30pm: Advent and Christmas
Advent-Chanukah Celebration at the Murray Muscat Centre, Bournemouth BH1 1PW
Admission £4 to cover seasonal refreshments. All welcome.
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