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