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Get ready for Christmas

Millions of people will use this December - and 80% of visitors to the site are there for the first time. This offers a huge evangelism opportunity for local churches. 

You can use to promote your services and events this Christmas – all for free.

List and tag your services and events today. 

See what other changes will be happening on this Advent and Christmas. 

Follow our step-by-step picture guide below or watch our video demonstration.

1. Log in

Log in here

If you’re not yet an editor on, register first. Then log in, find your church on the site and choose 'Edit this church' from the church's menu to request access. More information on how to become an editor.

2. Open the editor menu for your church or benefice. Show me how.

On desktop, the easiest way to open the editor menu for your church or benefice is to hover over 'My Churches and Benefices' in the top menu and click the name of the church or benefice.

On mobile, to open the editor menu, tap the three stacked lines in the top right, then tap the name of the church or benefice.

3. Under 'services and events', choose 'add new'.

On desktop, choose 'services and events' from the editor menu and then click the orange 'add new' button.

On mobile, tap the three stacked lines top right to open the menu, then tap 'Services and events'. Then tap the big 'Add a new event' button that appears on your screen.

Tip: 'Services and events' is under the 'Edit content' menu heading.

4. Write a title and description

Make it clear in your description that everyone is welcome and try to stick to words that someone who hasn't been to church before would understand. 

Tip: Show your title and description to a friend, colleague or family member who isn't a churchgoer, and ask them if they understand it and whether it sounds welcoming.

5. Select your tags and then be sure to click 'Change tags' 

When you get to the 'tags' section of the event form, choose the 'Change tags' button, check the relevant tags, including the tag 'Christmas' and then click 'Change tags' (yes, again!) at the bottom of the screen. 

Tip: Don't forget to click 'Change tags' after you select the ones you want.

6. Enter the number 'Choir singers' at your service or event 

An extra field has been added labelled ‘Choir singers’ that allows you to add how many people you estimate will be singing our new composition of The First Nowell. This might be the number in your choir if you're performing the song, or an estimated number of people attending your service if your congregation will be singing it.

Tip: Also remember to add the ‘#JoinTheSong’ tag for a service or event where the carol will be sung. This will allow us to estimate how many people and churches will #JoinTheSong nationally this year. 

7. Select 'one off event' and fill in the date and time

Usually, our Advent and Christmas events are 'one offs' that do not repeat. The event listing form defaults to offering you the settings for a repeating event, so switch to the 'one off' tab to enable you to list a one-off event.

Tip: Once you have filled in the start date and time, the finish date and time instantly auto completes to be one hour later on the same day. However you can amend this as needed.

8. Press save at the bottom of the form. 

Scroll to the bottom of the page and press save. You have now successfully listed your service or event.

Benefice site variations

The above instructions also work on benefice sites – they're identical, but there are a couple of extra options to be aware of if you are on a benefice site.

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

If you have any problems or need any help, please get in touch.

Wait, there's more!

While you're logged in, make sure you visit the Resource Hub within It offers useful free Christmas downloads, including music tracks, graphics and posters.

Our video generator tool in the Resource Hub allows you to add your own text to a short Follow the Star video. You can then use the video on your page, social media accounts and even for church screens!

Head to the Resource Hub. 

Advice on images for your event

When you set up your event, you'll see there is an option to add an image to your event listing. You can upload one from your computer, or, if you have images you have put in your image library you can pick one of those to illustrate your event. 

For event images on, any landscape rectangle image works. It will be cropped to a 2:1 ratio if it isn't already that size. This cropping isn't usually a problem for photos where the 'action' is in the middle of the photo. However, for some graphics, to avoid cropping you might want to create them exactly sized to a 2:1 aspect ratio (twice as wide as it is tall), and minimum 536x268 pixels. We have a Canva template to help you with this. 

If you want to use the same graphic as we used in our example shown in the mobile phone image at the top of the page, you can find that in the Advent and Christmas branding section of the Resource Hub.


To find out more about our Follow the Star: Join the Song resources, visit the Church of England website.