Diocese of Portsmouth

Follow the Star: The Great Invitation

Celebrating Christmas in 2022

Why not join us to celebrate the greatest news the world has ever known – the mind-blowing idea that God chose to share in the joys and sorrows of being human. We meet at our carol services, nativities, Christmas fayres, and parties to celebrate and hear the story of how Jesus became a vulnerable baby, born in a humble stable, so that he could ultimately become our Saviour. 

The Church of England’s national Advent and Christmas campaign this year is entitled Follow the Star: The Great Invitation. Discover resources to invite your community back to church this Christmas. The services and events will be specific to your community, but here you will find signposts to the national branding, reflections and more that will help you to invite people into your church – both online and onsite.

With the World Cup final taking place the last Sunday before Christmas and the change in traditions of families since the pandemic, having a more ‘normal’ Christmas will still mean we need to do some things differently.

Christmas events

This are some of the services and events taking place in our diocese this year to celebrate Advent and Christmas:


Resources for this year will be released very shortly. You can find out more about the Follow the Star: The Great Invitation campaign on the nation Church of England’s website here, and download logos and branding for social media and parish websites here (you will need to have Editor permission on A Church Near You).