Church of England A Church Near You

Get ready for Christmas

A Church Near You received more than 77 million page views last year and 81 per cent of people who visited were on the site as first-time visitors. This offers a huge evangelism opportunity for local churches. 

Here’s how you can use A Church Near You to promote your services and events this Christmas – all for free.

If you’re not an editor on A Church Near You yet, follow the simple instructions here.

1. Add and tag your events

Millions of people will use A Church Near You this December. Help them to find you by adding your services and tagging them with 'Christmas’, ‘Advent’ and ‘Christmas carols’ or any of the other related tags as appropriate.

From the beginning of Advent, your church’s homepage on A Church Near You will highlight your Christmas services and events, making it easy for visitors to find yours. Any one-off services and events on the 24 and 25 December will be highlighted, plus any that are tagged with a Christmas themed tag.

Adding an event tag is simple:

Remember, if you're offering online services, you can also use the tags to promote this, such as 'live stream' or 'prerecorded service'. 

Log in and add your Advent and Christmas services and events now.


2. Download a customisable video

The Resource Hub within A Church Near You is a one-stop shop for free images, videos and Church of England logos and resources.

Our video generator tool, available exclusively to A Church Near You editors through the Resource Hub, allows you to add your own text to a short At The Heart of Christmas video. You can then use the video on your ACNY page, social media accounts and even for church screens!

Generate a video now. 


3. Create social media graphics 

Our social media generator tool in the A Church Near You Resource Hub allows you to create Advent and Christmas graphics for your church's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts in seconds.

You could use these to encourage people to attend your Advent or Christmas services, watch online events or find out more about how your church is celebrating this Christmas. 

Create social media graphics now.


4. Download Christmas music - and more.

We’ve expanded our collection of free downloadable music to include Christmas carols to use in your online and onsite services and events. More than 70 recordings are available to download today.

Visit the 'Christmas Downloads' section of the Resource Hub


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To find out more about our At The Heart of Christmas resources, visit the Church of England website.