What’s on your church website right now?

Just a gentle reminder that people are looking for church services and Christmas events to go to right now. (Yes, right this minute. Today. Really.) It is worth asking what they will find if they go to your church website.

One of the things that astonished me last Christmas was hearing people at St Mary’s saying that they had come to us because their local churches were not having any Christmas events or services.

“Oh yes they are!” I replied in true panto style.

“Oh no they’re not!” they replied, “we’ve looked, there’s nothing on their websites”.

The time in the year when people are most eager to try out a new church and most welcome invitations to church seems to be around Christmas. Can I suggest that everyone reading this take a look at their own local church website and if they don’t find the details of the Christmas services prominently displayed, get hold of whoever does their website and very gently and lovingly and with every ounce of Christian compassion you can muster, bend their ear.

That includes those responsible for diocesan websites which give a page to each of their churches. Remember, if those pages are there, google may well find them first. If people find webpages which list churches where the latest news is any older than last month (never mind last year) and where the words “No events at present” are shown in the week before Christmas, it might be said that you can’t really blame them for not turning up.

Times of Christmas services at St Mary’s can be found here. Note that they don’t follow the same pattern as last year. We’re living on the edge, we are. 

Right on the edge.


  1. Bro David says

    I think that the children should come dressed as shepherds, not as sheep!

    But that’s just me. Angels are OK too.

  2. Rosemary Hannah says

    Shepherds are much easier to do!

  3. I heard that, in a bid to make sure that no children are excluded from performing in a nativity ( a noble impulse), some schools now have nativities featuring not only the traditional animals but also tigers, elephants etc etc, which raises all sorts of interesting prospects! I’m not sure if some would identify that as red candle style decadence tho 😉

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