Christmas 2020

We knew Christmas 2020 was going to be different – and different can still be special.  Here are some practical Covid-safe ideas we heard from different churches which can be adapted for any Christmas.

Christmas 2020 was different for everyone, both practically and emotionally.  There was a need to be imaginative and creative, as we helped people find hope and delight in the story of the Christ child coming into the world.

Churches, whether they were open for worship or not, found new ways to share the Church of England’s Christmas theme that year, ‘Comfort and Joy‘. 

The pages below offer some practical ideas we gathered and which can be adapted according to your own risk assessment over future Christmases. There are a lot of ideas here, so choose one or two things that are achievable in your context.

Have a look through this one-sheet list of inspirational ideas to get you started (from Emma Buchan in our Christmas webinar broadcast November 12th 2020). 

We’re pleased to share ideas from others too:

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Submit an idea if you'd like to tell us about anything you're planning for Christmas.

Using indoor spaces
This page offers several ways you can make the indoor space of your church available over the Christmas season.
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Using outdoor spaces
Your churchyard and outside noticeboard are seen by many who pass by. Here are some ways you can use that space to make it known that the church is still celebrating Christmas, offering comfort and joy.
Open Using outdoor spaces

Using Online spaces
Your social media accounts can be used for sharing all sorts of memes and videos that help to tell the Christmas story, or to help people to think about the meaning of Christmas at home. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
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Ideas to use in the home
These are few ways you can encourage your congregation and wider contacts to think about faith at home over Christmas.
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