At the Heart of Christmas

Published: 21st October 2021

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'At the heart of Christmas' is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021.

Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. It is also a challenge to each of us to ponder in our hearts – as Mary did – what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.

At the heart of Christmas is a deliberately simple and open theme – one that the national church hopes can be used by local churches to invite their communities to share in celebrating the good news of Christmas in a whole variety of ways.

As in previous years, there will be a range of digital and print content available, branded with the At the heart of Christmas theme:  


At the heart of Christmas will consist of 12 Stories and Meditations from Justin Welby, Stephen Cottrell and guests where they will share personal stories exploring themes close to the heart of Christmas.

Starting on Christmas Eve and continuing daily (Monday to Saturday) until the Epiphany (6 January), At the Heart of Christmas: 12 Days of stories and meditations for Christmas will help you make space for that exploration. On each of the twelve days, a different contributor will share something that lies close to the heart of Christmas for them, bringing the theme to life through a mixture of personal story, Bible reading, reflection and questions to ponder.

Printed materials

Bookmarks, prayer cards, family prayer cards and booklets are available for churches to purchase, as in previous years. Booklets are available as a single copy and booklets, bookmarks and prayer cards are all available in packs of 10 and 50. Booklets are also available in large print.

Pre-printed materials will be available (along with copies of the Reflections booklet) to order via the Church House Publishing website.

A Church Near You

The A Church Near You resource hub will provide a range of free resources, such as customisable videos, social media graphics and approaches to online giving.

Downloadable hymns will also be available on the Hub for all Church of England churches to use for free, with music from across the traditions that churches can use as part of online and in-person services and events.


At the Heart of Christmas - Making the most of your church's digital presence at Christmas time

Watch this webinar and discover the range of invitational resources available to churches this year and tips for making the most of your digital presence at Christmas time. This webinar was live and has been recorded.

More information on the Church of England's website

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