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JOY TO THE WORLD

Published: 25 Nov 2016   updated: 06 Dec 2016

From 1 December a website called www.AChristmasNearYou.org will enable anyone across the country to be able to find information about their nearest Christmas services. Our aim is to get more people into the pews!

People will be able to filter the results by type of service, including carols, nativities etc as well as by date and accessibility requirements. For smartphones, the website will be able to use geolocation to find where the person is and show which Christmas services are happening nearest to them.

Before the launch of the website, we are asking for all churches and cathedrals to add their Christmas services and events to our database so that as many services are listed on the launch date as possible.

The hash tag we will be using from the launch of the website, right up to Christmas is #JoyToTheWorld. We will be asking churches and cathedrals to share photos/videos celebrating (full of people and joy) and asking people to tweet about the services and celebrations they have been to, as well as promoting the website for people to use.