Refugees in the congregation to feature in Church’s festive advert
INSPIRATION FROM within its congregations is to feature in this year’s Christmas advert from the Church of England.
The Church’s Christmas campaign, launched today, tells the story of festive preparations at St Peter’s Church on Stockton-onTees. Situated in a Government dispersal area for asylum seekers and migrants whose claims are being considered, St Peter’s says it seeks to serve all in its parish.
Backed by singers from a London Gospel Choir, the advert features refugees and asylum seekers from within the congregation, speaking a line apiece from We Three Kings.
Last year, the Church’s #FollowTheStar campaign reached more than eight million people through social media alone, encouraging people to attend services and discover the joy of Christmas.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “Christmas is rightly a time for celebration, bringing joy and comfort to the lives of others. The reason we do this is that we are each offered the most extraordinary gift at Christmas in the birth of Jesus.
“I hope that everyone who sees this campaign, whether or not they know anything about Jesus, will feel moved – like the Magi – to follow the star to church and to ask the questions: ‘why am I here, what am I for, and why I am loved?’
“It doesn’t matter who you are – whether you’re a regular church-goer, or you never go to church, there is something in #FollowTheStar and in Jesus for everyone.”