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Country Tried: UNITED KINGDOM
Location Tried: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: Variable
Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Churches and local radio stations
Activity: Music
Author: HOPE
Published: 09/12/2014

Description

Here is a really simple way you could get people in pubs, clubs, community centres, care homes or anywhere people come together, to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. How? Follow the example of churches in Leicestershire by working with a local radio station to broadcast a live carol service for the community to tune in and sing along to.


Venues throughout the county are invited to 'Sing Christmas' by joining in with the service broadcast on BBC Radio Leicester. The churches have created the website www.singchristmas.org.uk, where venues can register and be listed free, and invitations, posters and song sheets can be downloaded for printing.


Thousands of people in over 100 venues in the city and in towns and villages across the region join in with the interactive carol service. Everyone is invited to sing along with the carols, and text the radio station during the broadcast to try to get a mention on air - over 250 text messages are received which is a huge response for a local radio station. Local and national well-known personalities read the Christmas story from the Bible and there are prayers and a Christmas thought.


'Sing Christmas' is organised by Leicestershire Churches Media (part of Churches Together), the Diocese of Leicester and BBC Radio Leicester. The brewers Everards, encourage their pubs to be involved and provide ideas and resources. Local authorities and East Midlands CARE let care providers know about 'Sing Christmas'. This great idea could be easily replicated in your area by working with your local radio station. To find out more about 'Sing Christmas go' to www.singchristmas.org.uk

Rationale

Churches play a vital part in 'Sing Christmas' by inviting a local venue such as a pub, club or care home to join in. They help with preparations and are there on the night to encourage the singing. It's a great way for churches to be involved in their community, meet people who don't come to church and be part of an interactive project that takes the real meaning of Christmas to people.

Outcome

'We had a superb evening at the Queens Head pub. We got to know people in the community and the landlady wants to get involved with the church.'

This idea can be found on page 58-59 of Hope Heartbeat ©2013 HOPE08 Ltd. For more ideas, Hope Heartbeat is available for purchase from the website above.

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