Our Digital Communications Enabler has produced some pre-made Advent and Christmas graphics for 2021 that can be incorporated into your local initiatives, events, and promotion material.
The designs are based on an adapted form of The Methodist Church’s Christmas Campaign “Great joy for all the people” and work as complementary material to use in conjunction with Connexional resources and locally produced content – you can find more about the national campaign here: www.methodist.org.uk/christmas
“I have taken some creative liberties, such as dropping “the” from the title, in attempting to adapt the national campaign to be of more practical use to the local church, and shifted the focus from the Chinese painting ‘Nativity’ to be more centered around mission and evangelism, grounded in a Methodist USP – attempting to communicate that we are not always after attendance at our services, but are a church that cares about its community, often providing practical support through running local food banks, uniform banks, community events, coffee mornings, fundraising, support for the elderly, caring about the environment, and social justice etc. To this end, the designs are slightly more accessible to those outside the church than the more traditional offering from the Connexion. I hope they are useful, versatile, and accessible to local churches as you reach out to your communities this Advent and Christmas, to those on the margins, and in new places for new people.”
The bank of resources contains:
- A logo for the campaign (in colour, black, and white on red)
- 6 poster designs, to fit different messages (as both pdf’s and as graphics for use online)
- A prayer card (as both a printable pdf and a graphic to use online)
- 5 Facebook Headers images of varied design
- 4 Prayer graphics
- 7 Bible Quote graphics (one for each Sunday of Advent and Christmas, taken from the lectionary, plus one for Christmas Day and the bible passage from the campaign)
- 5 social media graphics to reach out to your community (to fit different messages)
- 4 social media graphics to stimulate engagement with your followers
- 1 PowerPoint template image
If you want anything customising, amending, or adding (such as a church logo or service times) just get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All graphics are made using only royalty-free and copyright-free material – you are welcome to use them in your local church or circuit context. These have been created by Yorkshire North & East District’s Digital Communications Enabler, Elliot Crippen, but there is no need to credit this when using them. The District logo has been left off the designs so they can be used and shared by a wider pool of people.
For info –
“District” Red = #DB002E or RGB 219, 0, 46
“Methodist” Red = #B52129 or RGB 181, 33, 41
Gold = #E68300 or RGB 230, 131, 0
Burgundy / Subtle Purple = #89383E RGB 137, 56, 62
Headings = Yeseva One (CANVA)
Body = Libre Franklin (CANVA)
More Resources: www.yorkshirenemethodist.org/digital-resources
Great joy for all the people
But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid; for see –
I am bringing you good news
of great joy for all the people…”
Luke 2:10 (NRSV)
During the past two years’ lockdowns, communities have become further disconnected and dispersed. People are tired and many are living in more difficult circumstances due to the ongoing pandemic. Internationally, many people live in danger; from threats of war to wildfires. But the message of Jesus’ birth at Christmas continues to be one of hope in our troubled times. God’s love is stronger than our fears. And as we aim to be an increasingly inclusive, evangelistic, and justice-seeking Church, this is, importantly, a joyful message “for all the people”.
Recognising everyone’s fatigue and the Covid-19-related uncertainty that surrounds the approach of Christmas, this year the Methodist Church is encouraging congregations to simply reach out to their communities with the angel’s message – to near neighbours and to people living on the margins. To reconnect, and assure everyone that the Methodist Church is praying for them and cares about their community and concerns.
Find Connexional posters, postcards, and Christmas CD here: