Christmas Isn’t Cancelled

At October’s Church Leader Roundtable, we looked at how local churches can make the most of Christmas during the pandemic. We believe Christmas isn’t cancelled and that this is an important time for the Church to be sharing a message of hope!

At SJI we are working on a mini series of reflections that will be available in early November called “Christmas, Interrupted” that can be used both in church services and for sharing Jesus on-line. To make sure you’re in the loop with their release, you can sign up to our emails here or like our YouTube Channel here.

Here are some of the ideas and video interviews from our recent roundtable…

Christmas In-Person

With our normal Christmas carol concerts unlikely to take place, here are some innovative ideas!

Pat Allerton interview

Rev Pat Allerton, the Portable Priest, shares about taking church to the streets!

Find out more: Hope in Lockdown, St Peter’s Church Notting Hill

Becca Bell inteview

Rev Becca Bell explores window displays and garden nativities.

Iain Baker interview

Rev Iain Baker is pioneering Carols by Car light in his local Tescos car park.

Matt Timms interview

Rev Matt Timms is planning a socially distanced carol concert in front of his church building in Newquay.

Find out more: Wave House, Facebook


Christmas ONline

In a world where we have to think virtually, our church carols are no exception. Here are some resources that might help!

J. John interview

J. John shares about the online resources he has created to help bolster your online Christmas church service.

Find out more: Resources

Virtual Sunday School interview

The team at Virtual Sunday School are working with others to create an online advent Christmas calendar for kids. Check out their interview here.

Find out more: YouTube Channel

The Saltmine Theatre Company

have reimagined their show ‘Hark! A Nativity Story’ which will be available online in December for Churches to use.

Find out more: &

A Christmas like no other

SE Partnership hosted a BOOST training event looking at what we can do at Christmas in these challenging times for children, youth and families! You can find all the resources from that event here.


interview with Christmas Lunch on Jesus

Ngozi Molokwu from Jesus House explains how Christmas Lunch on Jesus came about and how you can either partner with them in your area or start a similar initiative! You can also check out their video from the Cinnamon Network here.

Find out more: Christmas Lunch on Jesus

Don’t miss out on our next Ekklesia Round Table in December in which we will be looking at Hpw to support your congregation during this time.