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Advent and Christmas 2023

Advent and Christmas Resources for parishes and worshipping communities

Follow the Star: Join The Song

Last December, thousands of churches extended ‘The Great Invitation’ from the Church of England to Follow the Star to their local church. 

This year’s theme – Follow the Star: Join the Song – highlights how singing can help draw us closer to God and each other through the journey from Advent to Epiphany.

"The shepherds were astonished to find the night sky filled with angels singing God’s praise. And before long they were singing, too ... Centuries later, singing is still central to how many of us celebrate Christmas.

"We invite you this Christmas to follow the star, journey to the manger, join the song and come into the presence of Jesus Christ."

Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell

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Follow The Star: Join the Song


The Church of England has been working with dioceses and parishes to develop a range of resources to help churches, choirs and singing groups, communities and schools to 'join the song' this Advent and Christmas:

Christmas messages

  • The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani has recorded a Christmas message which can be watched below.  A transcript can be found here, please feel free to make use of the message in parish magazines and similar publications where it is helpful to do so. 

  • A New Years message from The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Chelmsford. A transcript can be found here. Please feel free to make use of this message in parish magazines and similar publications where it is helpful to do so. A video will be avaliable shortly.

Resources for children, young people and families, collated by the Diocese of Chelmsford Mustard Seed Team


Services across Essex and East London

A church near you lists details of both in person services and live streamed services for Advent and Christmas across the Diocese of Chelmsford.

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Chelmsford Cathedral Services