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#GodWithUs Christmas 2017

Today the Church of England launched its #GodWithUs Christmas campaign, aimed at encouraging people across the country to experience the love of God at this special moment in the Christian year.

Your Christmas Journey is a series of reflections, in print and online, to help people take the journey through Advent, Christmas and into 2018. You can sign up by texting GodWithUs to 88802; via email; following the Church on social media; or buying a copy of the booklet from Church House Publishing. Click here for more information.

Archbishop Justin Welby writes:

"#GodWithUs: Your Christmas Journey seeks to help you explore what the Christmas story might mean in your life. The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you - you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence."

The relaunched A Church Near You will point tens of thousands of local Christmas services across the country by simply typing in the local postcode. This site receives more than 13 million page views throughout the year, with a spike in traffic in December.

In addition, three videos have been produced that will be released throughout December to showcase some of the many services that take place during Advent and Christmas. The first goes live today and focuses on Nine Lessons and Carols. The second shares the joy of children enjoying a Christingle service and the final a Christmas service.

William Nye, Secretary General of the Archbishops' Council, said:

"The #GodWithUs Advent and Christmas campaign is part of the Church of England's Renewal and Reform programme. This is aimed at helping us become a growing Church for all people and for all places. The campaign is just one example of how we're engaging with people who might not go to church regularly and helping them start or strengthen their faith journey."

Find out more about the #GodWithUs campaign here.