Earlier this year we were able to join together from many different churches in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol & the surrounding area for two united prayer events which were broadcast live online. Many thousands of people joined with us all and it was a wonderful expression of church unity as we prayed ‘God let your kingdom come’.
Just a few weeks ago, some of those involved in coordinating these prayer events began to consider a large-scale Christmas gospel event with the aim of inviting neighbours, friends and communities to join in an online carols and nativity event which clearly communicates the good news of ‘God with us’. We began to research the possibilities and have come up with what we believe will be a wonderful resource for churches to build into their Christmas programme.
The plan is to broadcast a high-quality carol service, incorporate a multi-school production of the nativity story and intersperse the programme with gospel testimonies. The schools will all be from the south west as will the gospel stories and the carols will be led by a range of singers and bands from the region as well as a couple of additions from other parts of the country. It will go out with live presenters on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December at 7pm. The result will be a stunning approx. 45-60 min carol service which we believe we will all be extremely confident to invite unchurched people to experience. We will also be making all the individual video files available to churches for use in their own programmes over Christmas after the event.
Although there is much to do in the weeks ahead, we believe this could be a powerful demonstration of both the gospel and church unity and we would love you to be part of it.
Invitation to a Leaders Vision Gathering:
We are hosting a number of short 30 minute zoom video calls to share further about this and explore ways that churches can join in. We would be honoured if you could join us for one of these which are listed below. Just click on the relevant link to book your space and we will send you a link.
October Thursday 15th – 11.00am: Book here: https://rediscoverchurch.churchsuite.co.uk/events/kswvd4m5
Monday 19th – 3.00pm: Book here: https://rediscoverchurch.churchsuite.co.uk/events/3qz5zfpc
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can clarify anything but hopefully you will be able to join us for one of these conversations on zoom and explore how we can share the love of God together this Christmas. Every Blessing
Mark Pugh (South West Awake)
Paul Friend (SWYM)
Jon Hudson (CreationFest)