#FollowTheStar is the Church of England’s 2018 Christmas campaign.
Thousands of Christmas services and events will be taking place in churches all over the country in the run up to Christmas.
The campaign will serve a number of purposes: 1) to remind everyone that Christmas doesn't end on Christmas day - in fact, that is just the start! 2) To encourage people to remember that their church is there all year round, not just at Christmas. 3) To guide people to the A Church Near You website so they can sdiscover more about our churches to experience and explore. So now's a good time to check your church's details are up to date!
Find out more here.
"For many of us, Christmas brings up so many emotions, memories and expectations. We have one nativity story, but it can seem like we all have very different Christmases.
"For you it might be a time of joy and togetherness. Or perhaps it’s all about planning and to-do lists. Many others can find it a sad and lonely time – nagged by the feeling that your Christmas is not like those ‘perfect’ ones we see in the media.
"But just like the unexpected assortment of people who were invited to meet the baby Jesus, #FollowTheStar doesn’t ask you to be perfect. It says: come just as you are to take the life-changing Christmas journey."
Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu